2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art
27 February - 15 May 2016
Art Gallery of South Australia | Adelaide, Australia
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
Rooms of wonder unlocked in the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Magic Object
Titled Magic Object, the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australia Art takes inspiration from the
Wunderkammer, delving into a world of wonder and enchantment through the eyes of Australian
Magic Object will offer a space where free associations and insights are made possible by artists and
audiences, where artists’ interests in the talismanic, in cultural rituals and material riddles enchant the
viewer. This enchantment however, is not without caution – the Wunderkammer offers itself up as tool
with which to not only view the world, but to critique it.
GLENN BARKLEY IZNIK IGNATZ POTZ 2015 Earthenware, 7 pieces, various sizes Private collection Sydney Courtesy the artist and Utopia Art Sydney
Inviting us into their own ‘cabinets of curiosity’ through photography, painting, performance, sculpture,
installation and the moving image, will be artists Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA), Glenn Barkley (NSW),
Chris Bond (VIC), Pepai Carroll (SA), Tarryn Gill (WA), Louise Haselton (SA), Juz Kitson (NSW),
Loongkoonan (WA), Fiona McMonagle (VIC), Danie Mellor (NSW), Clare Milledge (NSW), Tom Moore
(SA), Nell (NSW), Ramesh Mario-Nithiyendran (NSW), Bluey Roberts (SA), Gareth Sansom (VIC), Robyn
Stacey (NSW), Garry Stewart & Australian Dance Theatre (SA), Jacqui Stockdale (VIC), Heather B
Swann (ACT), Hiromi Tango (NSW), Roy Wiggan (WA), Tiger Yaltangki (SA) and Michael Zavros (QLD).
Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia and curated by Lisa Slade, Assistant Director,
Artistic Programs at the Art Gallery, Magic Object runs from 27 February to 15 May 2016 as part of the
Adelaide Festival of Arts.
MICHAEL ZAVROS THE POODLE 2014 Oil on canvas, 135.0 x 155.0 cm Courtesy the artist and Starkwhite, Auckland
The 2016 iteration is the most ambitious Biennial to date, unfolding across an unprecedented number
of venues in Adelaide, including the Art Gallery, Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art at UniSA,
JamFactory, Carrick Hill and the Santos Museum of Economic Botany in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
“Spread across these sites, I’ve invited artists to consider magic and object-hood and to explore how
materials speak to both artists and audiences.” said Curator Lisa Slade. “Much of the work presented in
Magic Object looks like one thing, but is really another. It possesses a materiality akin to trickery or magic.”
Without intention, Magic Object is also a complement or counter-point to Art Gallery Director
Nick Mitzevich’s 2014 Biennial, Dark Heart.
The Vernissage weekend of the 2016 Adelaide Festival features free artist talks and lively panel
discussions offering a Wunderkammer of perspectives on material and magical thinking, as artists and
thinkers examine the juxtapositions that make the world itself a magic object.