21 JULY – 14 AUG 2010
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.