As the Aspen Art Museum’s 2016–17 Gabriela and Ramiro Garza Distinguished Artist in Residence, New York–based British artist Adam McEwen is known for works that engage viewers with a dark yet poignant sense of humor. Once employed to write obituaries for the London Daily Telegraph, McEwen began producing fictional obituaries of living subjects, such as Bill Clinton, Kate Moss, and Jeff Koons. His recent sculptural works include objects such as a life-size coffin-carrier fabricated from solid graphite (Bier, 2013) and deployed airbags cast in concrete (an untitled piece from 2015). McEwen’s Aspen Art Museum exhibition marks the artist’s first solo museum show in the United States, and presents a group of works that address the blurred boundary between life and death, reality and fiction, and the everyday and the obscure.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.