30 July - 21 August

Various Artists

On Being an Artist

  • SALA

Artists: Jess Taylor, Eleanor Amor & Nat Penney, Jonathan Kim, Tom Borgas, Rebecca McEwan, Amber Cronin, Christina Peek, Sasha Grbich & Kelly Reynolds, Yusuf Ali Hayat, Jasmine Crisp, Patrick Cassar | Curated by eDuard Helmbold & Gabi Lane

OPENING EVENT | Thursday, 30th July 2020, 6-8pm
GUEST SPEAKER | Leigh Robb, Curator of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of South Australia

On Being an Artist brings together thirteen South Australian artists who, individually or as collaborations, create work in respond to eleven ‘actions’ inspired by Michael Craig Martin’s collection of memoiresque essays of the same name. After gleaming insights, advice and interesting quotes from Martin’s text, these quotes were misread and applied as instructions on being an artist in the style of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s ‘do it’ exhibitions conceived in the 1990s.

Analogous with the way in which these actions were created the artists were similarly invited to loosely interpret, purposefully misread, or take these actions as instruction. By this exhibition model the artistic process is pushed to the fore, opening up possibilities for interpretation and translation. Collectively, these thirteen artists share an insight into what it means to be an artist, from conceptualisation to the realised artwork.

Click here to view the exhibition floorsheet. For artwork purchases please contact the gallery.