Adam Norton

Born 1964. Lives and works in Sydney

Education

1987

BFA, The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Solo Exhibitions

2020

(upcoming) Galerie pompom, Sydney

2018

New Flags, 18th Street Arts Center, Santa Monica, CA

2017

New Earths, Gallerysmith, Melbourne
‘Open the pod bay doors please HAL’, Galerie pompom, Sydney

2015

New Skies, Other Worlds, Bondi Pavilion Gallery, Sydney
My Trip to Mars, UTS Gallery, University of Technology, Sydney
Adam Norton: New Work, Gallery 9, Sydney

2014

Space Pop 2000, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2013

The Mars Project, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, Broken Hill
Interplanetary Society, Gallery 9, Sydney

2012

Space Flags, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2011

Extraterrestrial Highway, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2010

Ad Astra, Gallery 9, Sydney
Road Trip, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2009

Camouflage Suit Experiment, Gallerysmith, Melbourne

2008

Big Science, Gallery 9, Sydney
Tank Project, City of Sydney By George! Art in the Laneways, Sydney

2007

UFOlogy, Gallery 9, Sydney

2005

Generic Escape Capsule, MOP Projects, Sydney
The Amplified Man Project 2, Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

2004

The Amplified Man Project, MOP Projects, Sydney

2003

Blast Goggles and Gas-Proof Snorkel Kit, 3 Foot Square Gallery, Sydney
Homemade Devices for Surviving Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Attack, First Draft Gallery, Sydney
101 Ways to Defy Evil and How to Draw Your Way Out of It, Kudos Gallery, Sydney

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

(upcoming) Chrome City, Durden and Ray, Los Angeles, USA

2019

Cementa19, Kandos, NSW
Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Juniper Hall, Sydney
Moon Landing – The Giant Leap, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney
Space, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, VIC
1919 Salon, Galerie pompom, Sydney
Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, and touring nationally to 2020

2018

Flame Seed, Incinerator Art Gallery, Sydney
Blank Spaces for the Imagination, Bondi Pavilion Gallery

2017

Beyond Belief: The Sublime in Contemporary Art, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery

2016

Black Mist, Burnt Country, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney and touring nationally to 2019
3rd Biennale – Project Daejeon 2016: COSMOS, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea
WAR – A Playground Perspective, Armory Gallery, Newington Armory, Sydney

2015

OUTER SPACE, curated by Adam Porter, Casula Powerhouse

2014

Conquest of Space: Science Fiction and Contemporary Art, curated by Andrew Frost, UNSW Galleries

2013

Hope of Wrecks, St Albans Museum, St Albans Hertfordshire UK
Ten out of 10, MOP Projects, Sydney

2012

Sometimes making something leads to something, Kunstvlaai 2012, St Nicolaas Lyceum, Amsterdam, NL
Crisis Complex, Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney
Drawing Lines in the Sand, Cockatoo Island, Sydney

2011

House Inspection: Interior Motives, Griffith University Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
Boundary Line, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healesville, Victoria
Awfully Wonderful: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art, Performance Space, Sydney

2010

Twenty/20, UTS Gallery, Sydney, and Dubbo Regional Gallery, Dubbo, NSW

2008

The Great Reclamation, Pictura, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

2007

Our Lucky Country (still different), Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea
The Visitors: The Australian response to UFOs and Aliens, Penrith Regional Gallery

2006

Our Lucky Country (difference), Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea

2005

Brainstorms, GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney
Not Worried, Raid Projects, LA, USA

Residencies/Commissions/Awards

2019

Finalist, Doug Moran National Portrait Prize
Finalist, Archibald Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

2018

Finalist, The Grace Cossington Smith Art Award, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney
Artist in residence, Waverley Artist Studios

2017

Artist in residence, 18th Street, Santa Monica, California, USA
Work Trade residency programme with Andrea Zittel, A-Z West, Joshua Tree, CA, USA

2016

Artist in residence, Waverley Artist Studios

2014

Artist in residence – Artspace, Sydney

2013

Finalist, The Blake Prize, COFA Galleries

2012

Artist in residence, Museums & Galleries NSW, ACR program, Broken Hill Regional Gallery, Broken Hill
Artist in Residence, Artspace, Sydney

2011

Finalist, 41st Muswellbrook Open Art Prize, Muswellbrook, NSW
Finalist, The 2011 City of Albany Art Prize, Albany, Western Australia
Artist in Residence, FraserStudios, Sydney
NAVA, Artist’s Grant

2009

Finalist, Public Art Commission by Global Switch, Ultimo, Sydney

2008

NAVA Janet Holmes à Court Artists’ Grant
Finalist, John Leslie Art Prize, Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale, Victoria
Finalist, New Social Commentary 08, Warrnambool Art Gallery, Warrnambool, Victoria

2007

Artist in Residence, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea

2005

Finalist, ABN AMRO Emerging Artist Award, Sydney

2004

Artist in Residence, Toos Neger Studio, Dordrecht, The Netherlands

Selected Bibliography

2018

Mars Gravity Simulator, conference paper for the 2018 Mars Society Conference, Pasadena, USA

2017

Richard Perram, ‘A terrible beauty is born’, exhibition catalogue essay for Beyond Belief: The Sublime in
Contemporary Art

2016

Andrew Frost, ‘Possible Futures: Science Fiction in Contemporary Art’, Artlink Issue 36:4 December, pp.18-25
John McDonald, ‘Black Mist, Burnt Country’, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 October
J D Mittman, ‘Atomic Testing in Australian Art’, exhibition catalogue essay for Black Mist, Burnt Country

2015

Eleanor Zeichner, ‘The First Man on Mars’, exhibition catalogue essay
Carrie Miller, ‘The Scientist’, Art Collector, Issue 73 July-September, pp.116-125

2014

On the World Stage: Adam Norton, Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Art Collector, Issue 67 Jan-Mar, pp80-81

2013

The Mars Project, Jenia Ratcliffe, ABC Open, 17 October
Men are from Mars – especially Adam, Craig Brealey, Barrier Daily Truth, 12 October, pp.1-2
Isobel Philip, An Echo in Outer Space, The Art Life, March 5
Oliver Watts, Fly Me to the Moon, Interplanetary Society exhibition essay
Carrie Miller, Interplanetary Society, The Art Life, February 22

2012

Janis Ferberg, ‘Crisis Complex’, un Magazine, Issue 6.2 – December, pp.134-135
Clare Lewis, Adam Norton: Seeing Red, essay for the book Nine Projects

2011

Altair Roelants, ‘Adam Norton’s Mars Gravity Simulator’, Art Monthly Australia, July #241, pp.8-9
Andrew Frost, ‘Imagining the Future: Awfully Wonderful at Performance Space, Sydney’, Art Monthly Australia,
July #241, pp.5-7
Dan Rule, ‘Adam Norton: Extraterrestrial Highway’, The Age, April 16

2010

Isobel Philip, ‘The Edge of the Void’, www.theartlife.com.au, August 13

2009

Bill Chalker, ‘Art, Life and UFOs’, Ufologist Magazine, Vol.13 No.4 Sept-Oct ‘09, p.46
Mark Brown & Sophie Kouyoumdjian, ‘Live Lanes – By George!’ Runway, Issue 13

2008

Clare Lewis, ‘Adam Norton: a maverick who might survive’, Big Science exhibition catalogue essay
Bryony Nainby, ‘New social commentary 08’, Artlink, vol 28 #4
Phil Han, ‘Military carriers roll through Sydney’, ninemsn, October 10
Martin Corben, ‘The paranormal at Penrith draws response from believers’, ABC Radio, 14 February

2005

Davis Teh, ‘Hi-tech/lo-tech: Sydney gallery drift – Brainstorms’, Eyeline, No. 58, p.46
Andrew Frost, ‘Group Therapy’, Australian Art Collector, Issue 34, p.89
Dominique Angeloro, ‘Field of Dreams’, The Sydney Morning Herald, August 12

Artist Books and Films

2012

Nine Projects

2011

Mars Gravity Simulator – http://vimeo.com/23024940

2010

Mars or Bust – DVD 1min 17secs

2008

Tank Project – DVD 4mins 44secs
Reverse Shoes Demonstration – DVD 1min 28secs

2007

Camouflage Suit Experiment – DVD 9mins 59secs

2006

How to Turn a Car into a Nuclear Shelter – DVD 4mins 30secs
Manual for Generic Escape Capsule

2004

Brochure 2 – The Amplified Man Project, Zigoto Press

2003

Brochure 1 – Homemade Devices for Dealing with Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Attack

Collections

Wollongong Art Gallery

University of Technology Sydney Art Collection

Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery

Griffith University Art Collection, Brisbane, Queensland

Artbank Australia

PrintROOM, Het Wilde Weten, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

College of Fine Arts Student Association, University of NSW, Sydney

College of Fine Arts Library, University of NSW, Sydney

Exeter College, Oxford University, UK

Malvern College, Worcestershire, UK

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