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Focus on SA

Rayleen Forester on key upcoming craft and design exhibitions and events in South Australia over the next four months.

Image: Mia van den Bos, Cynosure of all spies, 2016 carved pink dolomite, paver, bouncy ball, 35 x 26 x 30 cm'. Photo: Micheal Papez.

Alterior motive

Emerging artists Ashleigh D’Antonio and Mia Van den Bos present a collaborative project examining experimental theories in relation to the gaze and ways of seeing. The use of sight and the power dynamic between who sees and who is seen emerges strongly in both current bodies of work, with D’Antonio focusing on the gendered gaze, while Van den Bos explores issues surrounding panoptic internet surveillance. Ownership and exploitation and the role of the spectator are explored through multimedia and installation in this ambitious first showing for these two artists. Alterior motive launches at Fontanelle Gallery Sunday 22 May running until Sunday 19th June 2016.

No Mind, No Disco

No Mind, No Disco offers audiences the chance to immerse themselves in the hallucinatory and choreographic video installations of Sydney artist Justene Williams. Featuring major works such as No Mind, No Disco (2015) and Your Boat My Scenic Personality of Space (2012), this will be the first solo exhibition of Williams’ work to be held in South Australia. Williams uses video as a performative medium combining blinding multimedia installation and choreography reminiscent of the radical Dada movement. Her work is greatly influenced by the avant-garde, theatre and popular culture. She most recently worked with the Sydney Chamber Opera reinventing the 1913 Futurist anti-opera for the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016). No Mind, No Disco is presented at Contemporary Art Centre of SA 28 May until 10 July 2016.

Resistance: Peter Kennedy

Established Australian experimental artist, Peter Kennedy has pioneered multidisciplinary practice since the 1960s. His conceptual practice ranges from light installation (one of the first artists in the country to use light as a medium), performance, photography, sound, video and drawing. In the late 1970s Kennedy began considering the role of activism and culture within his practice by interrogating real political events. Kennedy’s wide spanning practice encompasses notions of death and mortality, history, humour and politics. Resistance: Peter Kennedy is curated by Matthew Perkins and is presented at Australian Experimental Art Foundation from 3 June – 9 July 2016.


Still is an exhibition of landscape and still-life paintings by South Australian artists Louise Feneley, Lisa Losada and Lisa Young. The works in the exhibition celebrate light, stillness, and momentariness, reminding viewers of the dedication and patience required for a painting-based art practice. Exploring alternative and playful readings of the traditional still-life composition, each artist tests the technique of painting skillfully echoing the aura of master painters and modern ingenuities. Still is presented at Adelaide Central Gallery from 31 May until 29 June 2016.

Fleurieu Art Prize
The richest landscape art prize in the world will relocate to the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art to be presented to CBD audiences for the first time. Capturing the imagination and energy of a place remains a compelling and significant subject for contemporary artists. The prize will be judged by Nigel Hurst, Director, Saatchi Gallery London, Suhanya Raffel, Deputy Director and Director of Collections, Art Gallery of New South Wales, and Erica Green, Director, Samstag Museum of Art. The 2016 winner of the landscape prize will be announced on opening night, Thursday 2 June 2016. Fleurieu Art Prize is presented at the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art from Friday 3 June until Friday 29 July 2016.

Robert Hannaford

South Australia’s most distinguished portrait artist, Robert Hannaford is celebrated in a long-awaited major solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Focusing on 50 years of Hannaford’s drawing, painting and sculptural oeuvre, the AGSA charts Hannaford’s pursuit of the essence of life. Influenced by artists such as Han Heysen and Ivor Hele, Hannaford’s work will be brought into conversation with his predecessors and influencers spanning 50 years from the Art Gallery’s collection. A regularly commissioned artist, frequent finalist in the Archibald Prize and Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Hannaford’s subjects include former Prime Ministers Paul Keating and Bob Hawke. This is the first exhibition staged at the AGSA to celebrate one of the State’s most important portrait painters. Robert Hannaford at Art Gallery of South Australia 2 July – 9 October 2016.