Goldfish, 2013

In his photographic interventions, Adam Ekberg presents moments both mysterious and delightful. His constructions, rendered in lavish color, are not easily decoded or resolved. A disco ball turning in the woods is simultaneously fantastic and lonely; as the beam of a flashlight bounces between mirrors in a small hallway, the scene radiates a warming light that will only ever live within the confines of the photographic frame.

Brought together for the artist’s first monograph, the images in The Life of Small Things confound expectations about what we perceive as the inevitability of the commonplace. Made over the course of the past decade, the series began as a response to Ekberg’s time as a hospice aide. Since then, his interventions have embraced a wide range of quiet surprises. Ekberg hints at the poignant beauty that can take shape, although fleetingly, when the spark of possibility hits the mundane.


Untitled, 2016

Ekberg received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has recently had solo exhibitions at ClampArt, New York; DeSoto Gallery, Los Angeles; Thomas Robertello Gallery, Chicago; Platform Gallery, Seattle; and Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden.

His work has been included in recent group exhibitions at venues such as Aran Cravey Gallery, Los Angles CA; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago; RayKo Photo Center, San Francisco; and Crawford Art Gallery, Cork Ireland. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, among others.

He is the recipient of the Society for Photographic Education’s Imagemaker Award (2015). He was awarded a Tanne Foundation Award (2013). Ekberg has also received grants from Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (2008, 2009, 2010) and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Grant (2005).

His first monograph titled The Life of Small Things was published by Waltz Books (2015). Ekberg lives and works in New Jersey.

Untitled, 2004
Broom, 2004
Levitating Pink Umbrella, 2010
Untitled, 2012
A Lawn Chair Exploding, 2013
Pineapple and Disco Ball, 2010
Occurrence #2, 2012
Dominoes, 2015
Eclipse, 2012
Pinwheel, 2015
A Deck of Cards, 2015
Arrangement #1, 2009
Shadow and Eye, 2010
Outpost #1, 2011
A Melting Ice Cube, 2007
A Sparkler on a Frozen Lake, 2006
Pencils in Drop Ceiling, 2005
A Splash in the Middle of the Ocean, 2005