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Art Pod

25 Pirie Street, Adelaide

Exhibition viewable 24/7

Art Pod is a high profile, high traffic 24/7 art space to showcase the City’s emerging and established artists, curated by our Emerging Curator. Work shown may include 2D, 3D, installation, sound and moving image artwork. The city-central art space allows artists to incubate, create and activate the city, delighting unsuspecting audiences and contributing to the evening economy and art in the City.

For further information, click here or visit Art Pod's Facebook page.

Image, top: Julia Robinson, Structure for navigating an unknown afterlife, blackened cedar shingles, linen, woollen felt, ink, timber (cedar, Tasmanian oak), MDF, fixings, 2016, approx. 300 x 460 x 100cm, courtesy of the artist and GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide.

 

Current Exhibition

Structure for navigating an unknown afterlife

Julia Robinson (SA)

20 October 2016 – 19 January 2017

Adelaide’s Art Pod is host to the epic new work Structure for navigating an unknown afterlife by award-winning artist Julia Robinson.

Taking her cue from religion, folklore and myth, Julia Robinson explores the unrelenting human fascination with our own mortality. In this ambitiously scaled work, the Adelaide-based artist proposes a possible funerary housing or monument that carries with it multiple narratives surrounding death, the afterlife and re-birth. Looming behind the glass wall of the gallery, Structure for navigating an unknown afterlife sits within a history of bodily casings that have long been a part of death rites. Robinson speculates on the role of mausoleums in offering hope amongst uncertainty, not only providing a resting place for the dead, but also conveying the soul towards the great beyond.

Robinson is known for her narrative-based works of art that engage with personal and social responses to deeply human concerns; life, death and fear. Heralded as one of Australia’s most engaging sculptors, she draws on a wide range of influences to create a vernacular that is truly her own. Since graduating from Adelaide Central School of Art in 2002, Robinson has shown widely including solo shows at Adelaide’s Greenaway Art Gallery in 2016 and the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia in 2015. Her work is held in the collections of Artbank and the Art Gallery of South Australia and in 2016, she was the recipient of SALA’s Contemporary Art Award.

Curated by Joanna Kitto in her final exhibition as the Adelaide City Council’s third Emerging Curator, Structure for navigating an unknown afterlife is viewable 24/7 in the Art Pod, 25 Pirie Street from 20 October 2016 - 19 January 2017.

Julia Robinson is represented by GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide.

Image: Julia Robinson, Structure for navigating an unknown afterlife (detail), blackened cedar shingles, linen, woollen felt, ink, timber (cedar, Tasmanian oak), MDF, fixings, 2016, approx. 300 x 460 x 100cm, courtesy of the artist and GAGPROJECTS, Adelaide.

 

Upcoming Exhibitons

The Collaborators

Anna Horne & Amy Joy Watson

 

Tiny Parades

Snapcat

 

25 January – 23 April 2017

Launch: 5.30pm, Wednesday 25 January, with an opening speech by Maria Zagala, Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings & Photographs, Art Gallery of South Australia

The Art Pod’s first exhibition for 2017 is a unique artistic collaboration. For the first time ever, Adelaide based artists Anna Horne and Amy Joy Watson will work together to produce a meticulously crafted and nuanced installation. In The Collaborators, Horne and Watson will bring together their idiosyncratic humour and a giddy sense of play. Buoyant sculptures will sit alongside cast concrete forms, in a colourful cohort of strange objects. The union of these two distinct artistic visions promises to create a topsy-turvy vision of the commonplace made strange!

Amy Joy Watson is represented by Hugo Michell Gallery, Adelaide and This Is No Fantasy + Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne.

Also showing on the Art Pod Screenspace is Tiny Parades by Perth based collaborative duo Snapcat. Artists Renae Coles and Anna Dunnill work across painting, sculpture, video and participatory performance, producing work that is irreverent, political and loud! Tiny Parades is a series of public processions performed on the streets of Perth in 2015. These miniature rallies champion uniquely human-scale struggles and joys, while examining the nature of protest and public action. 

Tiny Parades was originally commissioned by the Perth Public Art Foundation.

Curated by Andrew Purvis in his first exhibition as the Adelaide City Council’s newest Emerging Curator, The Collaborators and Tiny Parades are viewable 24/7 in the Art Pod, 25 Pirie Street from 25 January – 23 April 2017.

Image: Snapcat, Tiny Parades (What Do You Want? When Do You Want It?), 2015. Photograph: Emiko Watanabe.

 

Previous Exhibitions

The Colour of Saying

Madeline Reece (SA)

4 August – 14 October 2016

In The Colour of Saying, South Australian artist Madeline Reece reflects on the use of the written postcard across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Reece presents a gathering of found and painted postcards that reference a history of travel and exchange. This elegant installation calls us to consider the ways in which we converse across the seas during times of conflict and the disconnect between the portrayal of idyllic scenarios and the realities of global unrest.

Madeline Reece is a practicing artist, writer and curator based in Adelaide. Reece’s work across installation and small-scale painting explores the impact of memory on space and the way our experiences inform our interaction with both the public and personal arena. The Colour of Saying will be presented in the Art Pod as part of the 2016 SALA Festival, curated by Joanna Kitto as part of the Adelaide City Council’s Emerging Curator Program.

Image: Madeline ReeceFragments (detail), 2016, oil on canvas paper, courtesy of the artist.

 

CULTURAL PRECINCT

Brad Harkin (SA)

Curated by Joanna Kitto as part of Adelaide City Council’s Emerging Curator Program.

9 June - 31 July 2016

Brad Harkin’s work across sound and sculpture explores the dissemination of knowledge between generations and the impact of fragmented exchange. In Cultural Precinct, Harkin continues an ongoing examination of contemporary botanical research into the origin of the Red Cabbage Palm in Australia’s Central Desert, and its corroboration by the local communities who have known the provenance of the plant for thousands of years. Through this multi-layered installation, Harkin addresses the connections between Indigenous knowledge and scientific ‘discovery’, and the reconstruction of cultural identity.

Brad Harkin is an emerging Adelaide-based artist, completing a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia during 2015. He has exhibited at spaces such as the Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide Festival Centre and University of South Australia.  Harkin has worked at leading visual art institutions such as the Australian Experimental Art Foundation and Tandanya, National Aboriginal Cultural Institute as an exhibition installer and gallery manager. In 2012, Harkin was the recipient of the Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Fellowship with the National Gallery of Australia.

This exhibition is presented as part of the 2016 NAIDOC Week celebrations (3 – 10 July). 

Image: Brad HarkinCultural Precinct (detail), 2016, multimedia, sculptural installation, .45 seconds, courtesy of the artist.

 

THE FLAMING ‘O’

Kaspar Schmidt Mumm (SA)

Curated by Joanna Kitto as part of Adelaide City Council’s Emerging Curator Program.

14 April – 5 June 2016


 

The Flaming 'O'. Performance by Kaspar Schmidt Mumm. Video by Johanis Lyons-Reid.

Delight in the dazzling mind of Adelaide-based emerging artist Kaspar Schmidt Mumm (SA) in THE FLAMING 'O' - an installation based on a poem of the same name. Schmidt Mumm is known for his use of wild colour and rhythmic poetry and here, he brings the two together, inviting the viewer to enter his absurdist world. 

 

Emerging Curator Program

The Emerging Curator Program engages recent curatorial arts graduates and emerging curatorial practitioners of contemporary visual arts and crafts to further support their professional pathway and applied development. It allows emerging curators to gain vital practical experience by undertaking professional curatorial programming within the Adelaide Town Hall Main Foyer and the Art Pod.

For further information about the program, click here.

 

Further Information

Art Pod

25 Pirie Street, Adelaide
South Australia, 5000

Exhibitions viewable 24/7

Contact:

Joanna Kitto, Emerging Curator
Tel: 08 8203 7783
emerging.curator@adelaidecitycouncil.com

Public Art
Tel: 08 8203 7210
public.art@adelaidecitycouncil.com

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