WORLDS IN COLLISION
One must confess to a certain bias when it comes to the work of Richard Grayson; brilliant artist, adventurous curator, respected teacher, bon vivant, renaissance dude, who has travelled to Adelaide from London to curate the Adelaide Festival’s international visual arts program. And having got that out of the way, what a sterling job he has done. Yes, Worlds in Collision which includes a great bunch of artists from the far flung corners of the globe is, in a word, a cracker. Trust me I’m an art critic. Richard works in an area just outside what many of us consider to be normal – or in the dubious language of art cliche “the everyday”. Thank God. Its somewhere between para and normal depending of course on your personal position on all matters metaphysical. To make a long story short I borrowed a couple of paras from the website which tell the story in a nutshell …
“Worlds in Collision looks at technological, political, psychological and psychedelic exploration, and the ways artists imagine alternatives to arrive at new understandings of potential and transformation.
Time travel, digital frontiers, abandoned Star Wars sets, near-death experiences, new physics and second moons herald the foundations of this diverse and extraordinary selection of artists and artworks, shown across four sites.”
It was a semi wild night at Lola’s Pergola as everyone is up early for Artists’ Week, board meetings and studio visits. And another long one Friday night as Dark Heart The Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art opens at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Guest paparazzi, David Broker and Suzanne Treister joined forces to harass artists as they do from time to time when their worlds collide…. and there are many more photos to come.
Worlds in Collison at Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Samstag Museum, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia and South Australian School of Art Gallery until 16 March.