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Focus on SA

Rayleen Forester from fine print magazine on key upcoming exhibitions in SA over the next four months.

Image: Gareth Sansom, A universal timeless allegory, 2014, oil and enamel on linen, 213.0 x 274.0 cm. Private collection, Brisbane. Courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane. Photo: Sam Cranstoun.

Magic Object

AGSA Curator and Assistant Director, Lisa Slade, has compiled a beguiling list of contemporary Australian artists for the 2016 Adelaide Biennial. Titled Magic Object, the show explores the Wunderkammer (a room of wonders); challenging viewers to consider the curious, the nature of art making and embrace a return to the wonder of materiality, magic and objecthood. Set across five venues including the Art Gallery of South Australia, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Jam Factory, Santos Museum of Economic Botany and Carrick Hill, Magic Object will offer a variety of spaces to interpret contemporary art, performance and perspectives on material and magical thinking. The vernissage weekend includes a new-look Artists’ Week forum program focusing on the premise of biennial with deeper investigations into critical topics such as animism, cultural rituals, object behaviour and illusion. Speakers include exhibition artists Juz Kitson, Abdul-Rahman Abdullah, Glenn Barkley as well as leading theorists from around the country. Magic Object at Art Gallery of SA and various venues from 27 February - 15 May 2016.


Presented as part of the2016 Adelaide Festival visual arts program at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation, artist Lisa Roet presents a continuation of her research into the complex relationship between humans and our simian counterparts. Utilising scientific research and multidisciplinary visual art practices, Roet challenges cultural theories relating to creationism, human evolution, language and our relationship to the ‘other’. Roet’s video work Heart explores her own mortality through the amalgamation of two beating hearts; her own and that of a primate. Roet has exhibited nationally and internationally for over twenty years with upcoming presentations in Beijing and White Night Festival in Melbourne. Heartbeat at Australian Experimental Art Foundation from 26 February - 2 April 2016.

The House of Vulture

Adelaide based artist and Co-Director of Fontanelle Gallery, Ben Leslie presents the final iteration of his ongoing project Endless Golem; a compulsive experiment into the animation and play of sculpture within historical and contemporary representations. For this solo exhibition Leslie extends on these activities developing sculptural ‘devices’ charged with ‘booby-trap’ potentiality via kinetic action. In an attempt to embody the calamity of studio investigations Leslie’s work champions the indeterminable nature of artistic mishaps. The House of Vulture at Fontanelle Gallery opens 26 February until 3 April 2016.

Alone with the gods

Patricia Piccinini and Peter Hennessey present a series of constructed collaborative works combining sculpture, video, installation and sensory components. Creating a site-specific environment through spoken word and video GAG Projects will be transformed into a parallel world separated from everyday reality whilst on the edge of familiarity. Alone with the Gods at GAG Projects from 24 February - 2 April 2016.


Project 1, under new CACSA Director, Liz Nowell will see established artists Richard Bell and Emory Douglas embark on a special presentation at the Contemporary Art Centre of SA in Parkside and a new public artwork assisted by emerging artists in the CBD of Adelaide. This project brings together the practices of these two important artists whilst exploring the indigenous rights movement in Australia and Black Power movement of America. Assisted by Adelaide City Council the public artwork will engage local emerging artists who will be mentored by Bell throughout the project. Embassies at Contemporary Art Centre of SA opens 26 February and is on until 27 March 2016.