Adam Ball: Remnants and Realisation

The Economist Building has been reincarnated as The Smithson Building – a newly-refurbished art space in St James’s Palace showcasing its first ever exhibition…

Aftermath by Adam Ball, 2017-18, Raw Pigment on Canvas.

Encounter Contemporary presents Remnants and Realisation, a major exhibition by leading contemporary British artist Adam Ball (1977)…

The Smithson Building

Opening on the 17th September 2018, Remnants and Realisation has been chosen as the first exhibition to be held in the newly developed 4,600 sq. ft gallery of the recently-refurbished, Grade-II-listed Smithson building (formerly known as the Economist building). Situated in the heart of St James’s contemporary art district, the exhibition will run until the 8th October to coincide with Frieze London and London Design Festival.

Remnants and Realisation

After two years in the making, the show celebrates an energetic new body of work including 15 pieces ranging from paintings (made with raw pigment, paper and charcoal), detailed hand-cut fabric and paper cut-outs to Ball’s first sculptures made of ply, steel and brass; some of which are burnt with an industrial flamethrower. Ball’s compositions are often the result of closely observed and rigorously researched source material ranging from images of his own DNA to mechanical systems and digital mappings of human movement. This mix of natural and technological visual stimuli deepens and builds before being reduced and transcribed into the elusive abstractions which form the basis of Ball’s intricate and evocative works. The artist rips, burns and erodes painstaking compositions that each take several months to produce.

Raze by Adam Ball, 2018, Hand-cut paper and raw pigment on canvas.

Adam Ball

Remnants and Realisation is Ball’s first significant exhibition since his ‘One and Other’ exhibition with Encounter Contemporary in 2017. He has also exhibited in major galleries and institutions worldwide from Paul Kasmin Gallery (New York) to the Institute of Contemporary Art (London); from the Goss Michael Foundation (Dallas) to Bait Al Zubair Museum (Oman). The artist came to international prominence in 2002, after installing a 32ft-high painting in London’s Golden Square and is currently working (in collaboration with HOK International and FutureCity) on a 3 x 16 metre public lightbox to be permanently installed in Cambridge. In November this year a monumental artwork by Ball will be exhibited in London Bridge as part of the Annin Arts ‘Billboard Project’.

Exhibition Details

The Remnants and Realisation exhibition opens on 17th September and is free to attend. A private view of the exhibition will take place on 20th September from 6.00 until 8.30pm. To find out more, about the exhibition, visit



[Credits:  Feature image – Aspect, 2018, Hand Cut Paper and Raw Pigment, Installed in a major US Private Collection (Encounter Contemporary);;; Encounter Contemporary Press Team]


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