text by Alex Redgrave
Blowout by Adam Parker Smith, Courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery adamparkersmithwork.com
A favorite of sculptors and architects for centuries (hello, Taj Mahal), marble is being reimagined in contemporary artworks and new designs—from trompe l’oeil canvases to the humble cinder block.
“Originally marble was this classic material symbolizing wealth, decadence, and extreme competence of craft,” explains New York–based artist Adam Parker Smith. “Now it’s being reappropriated in a new context.” Smith snaps large-format photos at a marble distributor in Brooklyn near his home, then prints them onto oversize pieces of foam, creating marble “slabs” that are sculpted and adorned with, among other things, playful balloon dolphins and bright plastic broomsticks.