Adam Norton grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya. He was awarded a BfA from the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University.In 2017 and 2018 he completed residencies at 18th Street Art Center and A-Z West in Joshua Tree in California. Recent exhibitions included Black Mist, Burnt Country, 2019. Beyond Belief: the Sublime in Contemporary Art at Bathurst Regional Gallery in 2017. He has exhibited Internationally at the 3rd Deajeon Biennale in South Korea in 2016. The Hope of Wrecks at St Albans Museum in the UK in 2015. The Great Reclamation, Pictura, Dordrecht, the Netherlands in 2008. In 2015 he presented the solo exhibition My Trip To Mars at UTS Gallery, Sydney. He was included in Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art at Performance Space.
Technology has had an important impact on the human condition, which has yet to be fully realised or understood. In one lifetime humankind went from riding bicycles to Exploring the Moon. I explore these issues by repurposing scientific ideas of our recent past and the near future in an attempt to map out the mental and geographical landscape of our present. I do this by reconstructing or simulating important moments from our technological past and constructing a future or parallel history with paintings, objects and film. I have taken myself step by step through a hand built mission to explore Mars. I bring these technologies to our attention by making eccentric versions of complex technology with everyday objects and make them real to us.
Festival DATES 21 to 24 NOVEMBER 2019