Upon my first meeting with Paul Wong we agreed to explore multiple ways of creating pulp paintings. The anomaly that happens through experimentation was of the highest priority. We expected to use the first few sessions to explore the material and it’s flexibility. I began with basic shapes as a starting point- a circle, rectangle or a triangle. I was initially interested in making color gradients with the geometry and surrounding space however, blending the colored pulp presented difficulties. After a many attempts Paul and I decided to experiment with sprayed water to disperse the colored pulp, blurring figure and ground within the paper itself. Although unconventional and difficult to control, the destruction of the shape as it blended into the wet pulp created pools and stains that evolved from layering the dissolving shapes. These colored auras are records of the shape’s destruction and reconstruction. Both big bang and black hole.
— Adam Henry, 2012
Adam Henry lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He holds an MFA from Yale University and is represented by Joe Sheftel Gallery.