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A four-legged beast with an ornate mirror for a face and the hybridized horns of a Bawean deer stands in the centre of Chan + Hori Contemporary's booth at the tenth Art Jakarta (2–5 August 2018), housed in the Grand Ballroom of The Ritz-Carlton. This contemporary mythical beast is Lugas Syllabus's Wild Legend (2018): a strong teak wood testament to...
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Since meeting in Iceland in 1990, Inga Svala Thórsdóttir and Wu Shanzhuan have developed a cosmic database of signs, words and forms as a result of their continual and unbiased questioning of the nature of things. 'Our studio was basically a piece of A4 paper,' explains Thórsdóttir, recounting the initial years of their collaboration. From this...
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Ocula ReportRIBOCA 2018: Riga’s first biennial gives time to change10 Aug 2018 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula{{document.location.href}}
In early 2017, a presentation for the first Riga International Biennial of Contemporary Art (RIBOCA) circulated on Facebook, and a discussion unfolded over the private Russian backing behind the project, and the absence of Latvian institutional (or state) support. The relationship between Russia and the formerly Soviet Baltic states has become ever...
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Throughout his career, Adam Norton has produced work which challenges perceptions of reality and truth. His institutional-scale installations deliver a range of physical and sensory experiences but, rather than dictating a pre-conceived response, they disarm and encourage dialogue.

In 2008, Norton curated three fully equipped army personnel carriers (tanks) to roam the finance district of Sydney, Australia. This monumental scale logistical installation pointed to our relative safety in comparison to the daily struggle of people in other parts of the world. Other works include a 2009 series of camouflage suits in which the artist disguised himself in a range of urban environments and the construction of a fully equipped nuclear survival bunker, made from a 1960s freestanding timber wardrobe.

Adam Norton graduated from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art at Oxford University in 1987 and currently lives in Sydney, Australia. He has had more than fifteen solo exhibitions both in Australia and abroad including a number of site-specific curated projects. He has been shortlisted for numerous art awards such as the City of Albany Art Prize (2011), Hazelhurst Art Award (2009), John Leslie Art Prize (2008), New Social Commentary ’08 at Warrnambool Art Gallery, Redlands Westpac Art Prize (2007), ABN AMRO Artist Award (2007) and Robert Jacks Drawing Prize at Bendigo Art Gallery (2003).

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