Curated by Lisa Slade, the 2016 Biennial takes inspiration from the Wunderkammer, delving into a world of wonder and enchantment through the eyes of Australian contemporary artists. Magic Object will offer a space where free associations and insights are made possible by artists and audiences – the Wunderkammer offers itself up as tool with which to not only view the world, but to critique it.
‘Plants sprouting eyes, sentient pickles, cars shooting flames and fish all play a role in Moore’s world where nature and culture are caught in an endless duel. While Moore’s characters owe their psychedelic patterning and bold colour to the ancient and largely clandestine craft of glass blowing (a craft honed by Moore over two decades), his charming and often satirical transformations are indebted to the sharp observational wit of literary absurdists such as Edward Lear and even Dr Seuss. Moore cites Lear’s comical commentaries and caricatures as an abiding influence, and his beasticles and birdlings, like those of Lear, charm us. But they are also portents — harbingers of a future that we may well have already destroyed. ‘ (Lisa Slade, Curator, 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Watching Glass Grow, Santos Museum of Botany Catalogue Essay)
The Biennial runs at the Art Gallery of South Australia from 27 February to 15 May 2016 as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts. It reflects the AGSA’s commitment to presenting the very best contemporary Australian Art.