Grid Festival at FELTspace - Anna Horne & Andrew Dearman

Opening - 12:00 AM - Thursday, 20th of February

Artist Talk - 6:00 PM

Running - 20 Feb 2014 - 6 Mar 2014

From the 20th of January to the 6th of March the inaugural Grid Festival showcases new contemporary visual art by emerging and unrepresented Adelaide based artists and includes curated exhibitions in six Adelaide ARI venues, tours to artist studios, and a 'SympARIum'. This debut festival aims to generate critical discussion and enthusiasm for art, artists and ideas through collaborative, creative, brave and risk-taking new works.

Grid Projects is a new artist run initiative based in Adelaide made up of a team of three volunteer co-directors, Sundari Carmody (artist), Alex Lofting (artist/designer) and Adele Sliuzas (curator). An ARI without a permanent space, Grid Projects focus is on publications, projects and events that promote early career and unrepresented artists in South Australia.

Anna Horne, Untitled, 2013, wood, vinyl, acrylic sheets, 20 x 50 x 50cm. Photo by Michael Kluvanek

Anna Horne

Working in sculpture and installation, Anna Horne's practice takes cues from nostalgic memories of home furnishings and the domestic environment. Materially driven, her work encompasses the use of manufactured and fake materials including cork vinyl, wood veneer and contact. Horne's use of familiar materials creates a sense of the uncanny within the sculptures that are at once reminiscent of household items, but lack the utility of their domestic counterparts. Contrasting elements often appear within the sculptures, with hard and soft, shiny and matte, real and fake acting alongside each other within many works.

'The works are a testament to decorative household items and materials remembered from my family home. I am interested in the ambiguity caused from the collision of old and new. The striking disparity between the familiarity of my materials and the strangeness of the works themselves is the crux of my practice.'

Anna Horne is an Adelaide based artist working across sculpture and installation. Since graduating with a bachelor of Visual Arts in 2008 she has exhibited frequently including shows at FELTspace, CACSA project space and Kings ARI in Melbourne. In 2011 Anna's work was published in FELT GOLD: A Survey of Emerging Contemporary Art Practice in South Australia. In 2012 she attended a residency at Artspace in Sydney. She is currently working in Adelaide from Fontanelle Studios and Gallery.

Andrew Dearman

Andrew Dearman is a visual artist who works primarily with analogue photography. With a keen interest in found film and photographic images, his practice has been influenced by his academic research into the ethics of authorship and ownership. Dearman's experimentation with 19th century photographic techniques has led to an interest in the materialism of the photographic image. His work explores the glitches and nuances that are caused by the photographic processes. His photographic collages often use an assemblage of found images, paper cut outs, photocopies and photographs. Using a diorama 'stage' to set up the image, Dearman constructs a scene incorporating art historical references, self-portraits and recurring characters. He then photographs them using various analogue techniques, such as Ambrotypes and Cyanotypes.

Andrew Dearman is an Adelaide based artist. In 2008 he completed a PhD at the University of South Australia titled Art Practice and Governmentality; The role modelling effect of contemporary art practice and its institutions. He teaches Art History at the Adelaide Central School of Art, Adelaide College for the Arts, TAFE SA, and The School of Art Architecture and Design, University of South Australia. He has exhibited across Australia, including at Liverpool Street Gallery, Tooth and Nail Gallery, Constance ARI (Hobart) and PICA (Perth). In the past five years, Dearman has travelled numerous times to Europe to present papers on contemporary art and analogue photography.