Chocolate Bar
Chocolate Bar Chocolate Bar
Adam McEwen

Chocolate Bar

Edition of 45
1.4 x 10.2 x 18.6 cm (0.54 x 4 x 7.3 in)
Accompanied by a numbered certificate signed by the artist
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Adam McEwen has been making sculptures out of graphite since 2007. He selects unassuming, almost banal objects which he transforms, like a Graphite King Midas, from their natural state into the softly lustrous dove grey industrial material. Yoga mats, water fountains, ATMs, mirrors and lightbulbs have all been turned to graphite, but the selection of a chocolate bar for his Counter Editions multiple is a curiously apt choice of subject matter. In this case the graphite behaves not entirely unlike an actual chocolate bar would: its surface is seductive and invites a human touch, but leaves behind a tell-tale smear on any surface - tables, plinths, and guilty fingers. Chunky and oddly inviting, McEwen's 'Chocolate Bar' is undeniably an item to be coveted and enjoyed with gleeful indulgence.
Adam McEwen's artwork employs a range of unusual materials - from chewed-up chewing gum to text messages passed on to him from friends to industrial graphite - to repurpose familiar things and to re-make language and artefacts in new contexts, with surprising and often humorous impact. Perhaps best known for his obituaries of people still living and for his dead-end store sign paintings (such as "Sorry We're Sorry"), McEwen's work is characterised by both a morbid sense of humour and a melancholic ambiguity.

Adam McEwen was born in Great Britain in 1965. He lives and works in New York.