Delivering their brave new visions in mediums including photography, painting, sculpture, installation and the moving image will be artists Brook Andrew, Del Kathryn Barton, Martin Bell, Ian Burns, eX de Medici, Julia deVille, Dale Frank, Tony Garifalakis, Fiona Hall, Brendan Huntley, Kulata Project – Tjala Arts, Richard Lewer, Dani Marti, Trent Parke, Ben Quilty, Caroline Rothwell, Alexander Seton, Sally Smart, Ian Strange, Warwick Thornton, Lynette Wallworth and Martumili artists and Ah Xian.
Patricia Piccinini’s Skywhale will also make an appearance in Adelaide over the opening weekend and the work of Adelaide based sculptor and installation artist Julia Robinson will reshape The Studio activity space.
Regrettably, Bill Henson will no longer be exhibiting his work in the 2014 Adelaide Biennial following his withdrawal from the exhibition.
The issues and ideas explored by the Dark Heart artists include intercultural relationships, our ecological fate, gender, history and political power.
“My focus has been on assembling an exhibition that connects with the viewer and provides a moving experience. I am after an inherently emotional and immersive exhibition, one that explores the underbelly of contemporary culture,” says Nick Mitzevich.
The theme of difficult conversations runs throughout the biennial. This will be presented in the exhibition publication which will feature an essay by Australia’s most controversial expatriate, Germaine Greer.
The Adelaide Biennial is known for its risk taking, expansive vision and desire to educate and inform the general public about contemporary Australian art, the Adelaide Biennial is longest running survey of contemporary Australian art in the country.
Established in 1990 it was initiated by Daniel Thomas, then Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, as an antipodean version of the Whitney Biennial in New York.
The 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Dark Heart runs from Saturday 1 March to Sunday 11 May 2014. For more information visit: www.artgallery.sa.gov.au for details.