November 11, 2017 – January 28, 2018
Sydney, Australia-based artist Adam Norton grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and later in Nairobi, Kenya, completing his studies in the United Kingdom. His work explores the effects of technology on the human condition. He repurposes scientific ideas from the recent past and the near future in an attempt to map out the mental and geographical landscape of our present. His eccentric devices can be seen as a prism through which to look at the conflicts and controversies of the era. He uses paint, print, film and installation to present the most interesting narratives and ideas about our present condition and where we might be heading. He uses technology and science fiction as a narrative architecture on which to hang his ideas about mankind’s role in the universe.
Past exhibitions include – Project: COSMOS, 3rd Biennale of Daejeon, Daejeon Museum of Art, Korea (2016); My Trip to Mars, at the UTS Gallery, University of Technology, Sydney (2015); The Hope of Wrecks, St. Albans Museum, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom (2015); Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art, Performance Space, Sydney (2013); The Great Reclamation, Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands (2011), and The Visitors: The Australian Response to UFO’s and Aliens at Penrith Regional Gallery (2008). To mark the 60th anniversary of the atomic tests at Maralinga, Norton has work in Black Mist, Burnt Country, which tours nationally around Australia until 2019. In 1984, Norton was awarded a BFA from The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University.