ADAM NORTON

Ad Astra

21 July – 14 August 2010

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‘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.’

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.

The Mars Underground 2010
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
115 × 210 cm

the artist

Area 51 2008
synthetic polymer paint on canvas200
200 × 118 cm

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Phobos II 2010
synthetic polymer paint on board
73 × 73 cm (framed)

Craig Bender

Library of Truth and Fiction 2008 - 2010
synthetic polymer on board, found objects
dimensions varriable × cm

the artist

Fallout Shelter 2010
synthetic polymer paint on board
46 × 33 cm

the artist

Extraterrestrial Highway 2010
synthetic polymer paint on baord, PVC pipe, expandable foam
300 × 183 × 50 cm

Craig Bender

Prohibited Area 2010
synthetic polymer paint on board, wooden poles, bolts
240 × 122 × 7 cm

Craig Bender

Warning Military Installation 2010
synthetic polymer paint on baord, poles, bolts
237 × 155 × 4 cm

Craig Bender

Woomera 2010
synthetic polymer paint on board
183 × 29 cm

Craig Bender

Warning Lights 2010
synthetic polymer paint on board, pole, bolts
200 × 45 cm

Craig Bender

Alien Warning 2010
synthetic polymer paint on board
60 × 70 cm

the artist

109 East Place 2010
synthetic polymer paint on board
40 × 65 cm

the artist

Sortie Vehicules 2010
synthetic polymer paint on board
61 × 61 cm

the artist

Space Flags 2010
acrylic on paper
3 x 57 × 9 x 76 cm

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SETI Institute 2010
acrylic on paper
57 × 76 cm (framed)

the artist

Alien Head 1 2010
synthetic polymer paint on steel
31 × 31 cm

the artist

Alien Head 2 2010
synthetic polymer paint on steel
33 × 33 cm

the artist

JG Ballard 2010
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
30 × 20 cm (framed)

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Aleister Crowley 2010
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
30 × 25 cm (framed)

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PK Dick 2010
synthetic polymer paint on aluminium
32 × 22 cm

Craig Bender

Charles Fort 2010
synthetic polymer paint on steel
41 × 27 cm

the artist

Yuri Gagarin 2010
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
30 × 25 cm (framed)

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Robert Goddard 2010
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
30 × 25 cm (framed)

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Allen Hynek 2010
synthetic polymer paint on aluminium
32 × 22 cm

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Jacques Vallee 2010
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
30 × 30 cm (framed)

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Sergi Korolyov 2010
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
30 × 25 cm (framed)

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Timothy Leary 2010
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
30 × 25 cm (framed)

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John Mack 2010
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
30 × 25 cm (framed)

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Jill Tarter 2010
synthetic polymer paint on steel
31 × 36 cm

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Wernher von Braun 2010
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
30 × 30 cm (framed)

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