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"Orbit ignition, lift off, flying ... yet a continuing relationship with a parent body."
2001-07-26 until 2001-09-01
University of South Australia, Art Museum
Adelaide, SA, AU Australia

2001 is the tenth anniversary year of the University of South Australia and, to celebrate this, the Art Museum with the South Australian School of Art is presenting the exhibition Orbit. Orbit honours the long history of art and design education and practice of one of Australia's foremost and oldest art schools - the South Australian School of Art established in 1851 as the School of Arts.

Featured in the exhibition is the work of some exemplary School of Art educated artists and designers of our time - Kerry Argent, Annette Bezor, Aleks Danko, Mandy Martin, Leslie Matthews, Trevor Nickolls, Ken Orchard, Josephine Starrs & Leon Cmielewski, Catherine Truman, Hossein & Angela Valamanesh, Gerry Wedd and Diana Edwards and Jason Spencer from Ian Kidd Design Pty Ltd (IKD).

Orbit, with its diverse and independent trajectories, is just a sampler, really, charting a mere indicative few of the many individuals of talent upon whom the school's contemporary reputation so firmly rests. 

Ian North in his catalogue essay asks us to consider the work in Orbit as we find it, like the star-child floating above the earth at the end of Stanley Kubrick's 2001, the artists presented may now only feel a residual connection to their parent body and it is more appropriate to applaud than to claim their achievements, even as they generously assist the School of Art to celebrate the first decade of the University of South Australia

IMAGE:
Hossein & Angela Valamanesh
An gorta mor, 1999
Hyde Park Barracks Museum, Sydney
sandstone, bronze, glass, granite, sound (Paul Carter)
3 x 12 (diameter)
courtesy the artists


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