Abraham Adams, After, 2023, ink-jet print in artist's frame, 210 x 110 x 6 cm. The series "After" features World War I–era photographs by the artist's ancestors, excerpted within frames that take their boundary shapes from expressive gestural marks in midcentury abstract painting, magnified and rendered in the materials of traditional photographic picture framing: beveled mount board, cut glass, and finely worked ash wood.
Abraham Adams (b. 1985, Virginia, US) is an American artist primarily working in conceptual photography. Drawing on marginal imagery and display infrastructure, his series address the conceptual and physical frames that prepare the scene of looking. His artwork has been exhibited in the US and Germany and published as various books, including Ambulance Chasers (MIT Press, 2022, with a text by David Joselit) and Nothing in MoMA (Punctum Books, 2018). A former Lecturer at the Rhode Island School of Design, he is a graduate of Hampshire College (BA, Poetics and Rhetoric, 2009), Brown University (MFA, Literary Arts, 2020), and the Royal College of Art (MA, Photography, 2023).