Adam Lupton’s work teeters between the emotional and the pictorial. By mining personal and collective assumptions and hollowing out culturally potent symbols and mythologies, he explores individual and societal anxiety and isolation. In approaching a range of layered themes and narratives, Lupton aims to eliminate prescriptive visual outcomes. Subjects are often given antithetical functions and signifiers are emptied of conventional signification, destabilizing the affect of form and content. With Plato’s allegory of the cave in mind, Lupton attempts to reconsider and restructure the way viewers negotiate their reality and ideology by troubling both visual representation and emotional interpretation. For some, Lupton’s work divulges more than is expected, for others not enough. One experience may be unpleasantly full, while the other is painfully vacant. Adam Lupton (°1987, Vancouver, Canada) currently lives and works in Brooklyn.