Burlington City Arts

Adam Putnam: Magic Lanterns

December 9, 2011 - February 25, 2012

In this exhibition, New York-based artist Adam Putnam offered surprising and evocative explorations into the experience of physical space. His Magic Lantern installations used a 19th-century theatrical technique of projecting light through painted slides. By using bulbs suspended in translucent boxes Putnam projected ethereal architectural interiors on empty gallery walls; complete with doors and endless corridors. Putnam’s meticulous graphite on paper drawings of abstracted cathedral-like sculptures featured erotized cavities and protrusions, including arches, buttresses and crenulations. As the everyday experience of space is challenged by the synthetic environments of the online world, the cumulative effect of Putnam’s work was to capture and question our disorienting and mutating sense of physical space. Putnam’s work was included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum, NY.


Exhibition sponsored by NBT Bank.


The 2011 exhibition year was underwritten by Free Press Media. Opening events were generously donated by Catering By Dale