New York City, 2015

Adam Stubbs uses photography as a tool to probe the depths of reality. This ongoing series, called Found Finished, is no exception to this rule. The first iteration of this series is shown here and was shot in the streets of New York City. It features large abstract images of overlooked, inconspicuous formations, unknowingly created by the activities of people in public spaces. These formations are made up of very subtle physical impressions: collections of scrapes, gashes, rips, cracks, patina-like washes of liquids, and enigmatic scrawling marks. When composed in the right light, and drastically enlarged, the formations take on the qualities of finished works of art. Because the series examines and highlights often overlooked details in our everyday spaces, the viewer has the opportunity to appreciate minute details they are normally not aware of.