ADAM NORTON
AD ASTRA
21 JULY – 14 AUG 2010

ADAM NORTON
Signs 2010
acrylic on board, PVC pipe, wooden poles, expandable foam
dimensions variable 

Installation view of Adam Norton's sculptures

ADAM NORTON
109 EAST PALACE 2010
acrylic on board
40 × 65 cm

Installation view of Adam Norton's sculptures

ADAM NORTON
Fallout Shelter in Basement 2010
acrylic on board, PVC pipe, wooden poles, expandable foam
dimensions variable

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Alien Walking 2010
acrylic on board
60 × 70 cm

ADAM NORTON
Prohibited Area 2010
acrylic on board, PVC pipe, metal poles
dimensions variable

ADAM NORTON
Area 51 2010
acrylic on canvas
200 × 118 cm

ADAM NORTON
Extraterestrial Highway 2010
acrylic on board, PVC pipe, wooden poles, expandable foam
dimensions variable

ADAM NORTON
Woomera & Warning Lights 2010
acrylic on board, pole bolts
200 × 100 cm

ADAM NORTON
Warning Restricted Area 2010
acrylic on board, PVC pipe, metal poles
dimensions variable

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Alien Head 1 2010
acrylic on steel
31 × 31 cm

Installation view of Adam Norton's space flags

 ADAM NORTON  Space Flags  2010 acrylic on paper 57 × 76 cm

ADAM NORTON
Space Flags 2010
acrylic on paper
57 × 76 cm

ADAM NORTON
Alien Head 2 2010
acrylic on steel
33 × 33 cm

ADAM NORTON
Space Flags 2010
acrylic on paper
57 × 76 cm

 ADAM NORTON  Space Flags  2010 acrylic on paper 57 × 76 cm

ADAM NORTON
Space Flags 2010
acrylic on paper
57 × 76 cm

ADAM NORTON
Visionaries (INSTALLATION)
acrylic on canvas, acrylic on steel, acrylic on board
dimensions variable

 ADAM NORTON  Phobos  2010 acrylic on board 73 × 73 cm  

ADAM NORTON
Phobos 2010
acrylic on board
73 × 73 cm  

ADAM NORTON
Jill Tarter 2010
acrylic on steel
31 × 36 cm 

ADAM NORTON
Allen Hynek 2010
acrylic on aluminium
32 × 22 cm

ADAM NORTON
Jacques Vallee 2010
acrylic on board
30 × 30 cm 

ADAM NORTON
John Mack 2010
acrylic on canvas
30 x 25 cm

ADAM NORTON
Timothy Leary 2010
acrylic on canvas
30 × 25 cm

Installation view of Adam Norton's portrait paintings

ADAM NORTON
Library of Truth and Fiction 2010
acrylic on board, found objects, timber and string
140 × 180 cm

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The Mars Underground  2010
acrylic on canvas
115 × 210 cm

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Charles Fort 2010
acrylic on steel
41 × 27 cm

ADAM NORTON
J.G. Ballard 2010
acrylic on board
30 × 20 cm

ADAM NORTON
Robert Goddard 2010
acrylic on canvas
30 × 25 cm

ADAM NORTON
Sergey Korolyov 2010
acrylic on canvas
30 × 25 cm

 ADAM NORTON  Wernher von Braun  2010 acrylic on board 30 × 30 cm

ADAM NORTON
Wernher von Braun 2010
acrylic on board
30 × 30 cm


Adam Norton’s upcoming solo exhibition at Gallery 9 presents a series of artwork about the weird and wonderful world of science, space and UFOs. Titled “Ad Astra” meaning “’to the stars’’, the show looks at the widely diverging views of groups operating in the field of space, from the strictly hard science of the space industry to the exotic beliefs of ufologists in order to find some common threads. It also taps into the secrecies and paranoia of mankind’s attempts to “reach to the stars’’

The show incorporates three bodies of work:

Space Flags: 27 space agency logos painted onto large sheets of paper create an installation like the United Nations of Space Flags on the gallery wall

Signs: represent the more paranoid aspects of space adventure and are often the first point of contact between ordinary civilians and government agencies. These include Extraterrestrial Highway – the highway name given to the Nevada State Route 375 in the US in 1996, Prohibited Area, Warning Restricted Area, Fallout Shelter.

Visionaries: a motley collection of portraits of the key visionaries in space adventure taken from found objects.

Adam Norton is known for his extended examination through his artistic practice of science and technology and the associated belief and power structures. Norton would also be known to Sydney audiences for launching a fleet of tanks onto an un-suspecting CBD population as part of a City of Sydney project. 

"From the vicinity of the moon on the way home I had a sense of awe at the wonder of the universe and sensed an interconnectedness that was beyond my previous experience. Perceiving the separate galaxies and galactic clusters and stars and planets but knowing that somehow they were interconnected - and feeling a sense of wonder and joy and buoyancy associated with that insight - I came to realize that our story of ourselves as told by science and our religious cosmologies was incomplete and flawed and that we needed a new story to answer the questions in the space age of who we are, how we got here and where we’re going."

~ Adam Norton

 

Edgar Mitchell, Apollo 14 Lunar Module pilot and sixth person to walk on the Moon
Ad astra’, or ‘to the stars’, is an exhibition of acrylic paintings dealing with mankind’s attempts to reach the stars, both physically and metaphorically. The works try to discover common cause between the widely differing interests of interplanetary groups, from the strictly hard science of the modern space industry to the more exotic beliefs of ufologists and fellow travellers. The works in this exhibition also touch on some of the secrecies and paranoia inherent in such activity.