ADAM NORTON

Projects

2021

Giant Badges - City of Sydney
06 January – 01 March
City of Sydney, Barrack St
 +++ EXTENDED UNTIL MARCH 2022 +++ For Barrack Street I decided it would be a great idea to mount some of my Giant Badges onto lampposts and make them appear to be like...
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2020

Giant Badges
24 June – 19 July 2020
Galerie pompom
I always have a favourite badge attached to a well-liked jacket. Currently my jackets sport the badges ‘Mars or Bust’, ‘New Mexico’, ‘End Coal’ and the boyishly...
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2019

Giant Leap
20 July – 08 September 2019
Casula Powerhouse
'Giant Leap', Casula Powerhouse, 2019, marks the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which saw the first human step foot on another planetary object. The exhibition...
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Meteor Crater
Cementa 19, Kandos, New South Wales
On Thursday the 21st of November, at 10am local time, a meteor struck the rural town of Kandos, New South Wales. It landed with a very loud explosion, which rattled windows in...
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2018

Blank Spaces for the Imagination
30 January – 18 February 2018
Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Sydney, NSW
A Waverley Artist Studios Project featuring Maz Dixon, Philjames, Kate Mitchell, Adam Norton, Sean Rafferty.A curatorial project presenting the work of five current and former...
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New Flags
23 January – 28 January 2018
18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA
These works produced on residency at 18th Street Arts Center, Australian artist Adam Norton uses postcard images to extend out the picture plane and produce broader paintings...
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2017

New Earths
20 April – 17 May 2017
Gallerysmith, Melbourne
As a dyslexic kid I learnt to read from my collection of comic books aided and abetted by billboards viewed from the back seat of my parents’ car. With both these visual...
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Beyond Belief: the Sublime in Contemporary Art
31 March – 17 June 2017
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery 31 March – 4 June 2017 From the C17th onwards there has been a recurring preoccupation with the idea of an art that inspires awe and wonder: the...
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Open the pod bay doors please, HAL
15 March – 09 April 2017
Galerie pompom
-Open the pod-bay doors please Hal-Open the pod-bay doors please Hal-Hello Hal, do you read me?-Hello Hal, do you read me? Do you read me Hal?-Do you read me Hal?-Hello Hal,...
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2016

Black Mist, Burnt Country
01 September – 10 February 2016
Touring Nationally
On 27 September 1956 the British exploded an atomic bomb in the southern part of the Great Victoria Desert of South Australia. The place would become known as Maralinga....
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Daejeon Biennale 2016: COSMOS – THE FUTURE AND BEYOND
26 July – 20 November 2016
Daejeon Museum Of Art, Republic Of Korea
The main theme in Project Daejeon 2016 is the cosmos. The universe, which holds endless, unsolved secrets, has continuously inspired the human imagination and is being...
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WAR A Playground Perspective
14 May – 14 August 2016
Newington Armory, Sydney
Below the streets of towns and cities across the world are the forgotten spaces of past military conflicts—detritus of old wars, or of periods of fear and threat such as the...
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2015

'New Works'
29 July – 22 August 2015
Gallery 9, Sydney
As a dyslexic kid I remember learning to read from the billboards viewed out of the back seat of my parents’ car with a comic book spread over my knees. The first clues to the...
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My Trip To Mars
28 July – 28 August 2015
UTS Gallery, Sydney
The First Man on MarsIn 1948 German American rocket scientist Wernher von Braun published Das Marsprojekt(The Mars Project), a technical manual detailing a potential...
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2014

Conquest Of Space - Sicience Fiction In Contemporary Art
22 May – 05 July 2014
Galleries UNSW, Paddington, New South Wales
Conquest of Space: Science Fiction & Contemporary Art features more than 40 artworks exploring important stories in the history of the science fiction genre.This...
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This set of works forms the next chapter in a series of large text works based on the subject of space and all things to do with the great unknown. The paintings fall...
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2013

Interplanetary Society
20 February – 16 March 2013
Gallery 9, Sydney
Fly me to the moonLet me play among the stars, Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars… Adam Norton’s exhibition Interplanetary Society deals primarily with two...
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Space Posters contain a set of six colour posters based on the covers from a range of 20th Century Space Science and space speculation books. They are printed by Blood and...
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2012

A light-weight portable habitation unit designed for easy assembly after arrival on the planet Mars. Based on the traditional nomadic Yurt, the circular walls support a...
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The Mars Project
Broken Hill, NSW
The Mars Project is a video work which use the theme of space travel to explore the Australian landscape. The Mars Project is the result of a residency in Broken Hill in 2012....
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Virtual Reality Simulator
19 February – 18 March 2012
Cockatoo Island, Sydney
Anybody who grew up playing with video games in the 1980's will recognize this installation. As you enter the space you appear to be inside an early generation computer game....
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2011

Mars Gravity Simulator
15 April – 14 May 2011
Performance Space, Sydney
Awfully Wonderful - Science Fiction in Contemporary Art, Performance Space, SydneyMars Gravity Simulator is a fully functioning experiment adapted from the design of...
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Extraterrestrial Highway
31 March – 23 April 2011
Gallerysmith, Melbourne

Extraterrestrial Highway

Extraterrestrial Highway, in Nevada, is the semi-official title of an ordinary strip of desert highway that runs north east of Las Vegas and...
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2010

Ad Astra
21 July – 14 August 2010
Gallery 9
‘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...
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Road Trip
07 May – 12 June 2010
Gallerysmith, Melbourne
Road Trip is an imagined work about a possible post apocalyptic future history of the world. A recognisable life-size copy of a standard Land Rover has been made from recycled...
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A painted series of logos from many of the worlds space agencies, centred onto the middle of a sheet of watercolour paper, they appear to become flags. The complete...
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2008 - 2010The work consists of 16 acrylic paintings and 16 found objects or books. The paintings are facsimiles of a range of small instructional books, arranged with their...
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2009

Bunkers
01 June – 30 September 2009
A series of painted works based on existing Bunker doors explored and photographed in two cities a month apart. It is the record of a series of separate walks taken in Sydney...
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Big Painting
Fraser Studios

2008

The Great Reclaimation
06 September – 05 October 2008
Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands
‘History is a race between education and catastrophe.’  - H.G.Wells Since the tyranny of the age of Newton, and the barbarism of the  terrible ‘redundancy’, we...
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Big Science
11 June – 28 July 2008
The term Big Science is usually attributed to an article by Alvin M. Weinberg, the director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, (producer of The United States Military...
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Commissioned by The City of Sydney for Live Lanes – By George! Between the 10th and 24th of October 2008, three armoured personnel carriers rumbled through the...
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2007

Camouflage Suit Experiment
Hazelhurst Regional Gallery
Six hooded overalls were made from various domestic fabrics, together with canvas shoes painted to match. The artist was filmed wearing the different suits and shoes, trying...
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2005 - 2008This set of paintings were made over a three year period using reference material from the web magazines and newspapers. Historical UFO sightings and a...
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The Visitors: The Australian response to aliens and UFOs, Penrith Regional Art Gallery, 2007. This work is basically a research piece. This work is a visual presentation of...
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2005

Hand built into a 1930s bedroom wardrobe, the Generic Escape Capsule (G.E.C.) is a one-person survival unit designed to blend into the domestic environment of a normal...
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