The soundtrack to my thoughts when I see the paintings and collages of Adam Zeek involves Yeasayer at full volume, followed by some M.I.A. The combinations of patterns, muted colours and bizarre modeling shots all point (with a neon sign) to the 1980s. The wonderful thing about this nod back in time, is that it has a huge history spanning over 80 years. Specifically in terms of collage, the Dada movement of the early 20th century used military propaganda and printed materials from the media to comment on the ills of society. Similar to the Dadaists, Zeek’s work is more playful with an explorative nature to it: I wonder about the combinations of images and where I coud possibly put one of his paintings in my house. Zeek’s work is 80s Glam rock infused with a tribal Dadaist sensibility.
Text by Marion Piper.