Roy Ananda: Further Annotations

Roy Ananda, Detail: Annotated 'Saint Sebastian' (Andrea Mantegna, 1490), Drawing, 30 x 52cm
Roy Ananda, Detail: Annotated 'Medusa' (Caravaggio, 1597), Drawing, 30 x 50cm
Roy Ananda, Detail: Annotated 'Saint Sebastian' (Andrea Mantegna, 1490), Drawing, 30 x 52cm
Drawing, Multimedia, Painting
Roy Ananda
Artist Talk, Exhibition
In Roy Ananda’s on-going 'Annotation' series, the artist obsessively outlines, fragments and transcribes images from film stills to iconic works of art - annotating them with fictional references drawn from pop-culture, folklore, mythology and art history. Ananda's project takes cues from the meta-fictional tradition of Alan Moore’s 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen' and Neil Gaiman’s 'The Sandman', where characters, artefacts, and concepts from a wide range of fictional universes coexist in the same narrative space. The work, like so many of Ananda’s other odes to pop-culture fandom, is intended to be both a celebration of human storytelling (through films, books, games, and myths) and a humorously self-deprecating look at his all-consuming enthusiasm for make-believe. In 'Roy Ananda: Further Annotations', the artist turns this lens on the Art Gallery of South Australia’s collection, most notably Peter Booth’s 'Painting 1982', a haunting work that has loomed large in the artist’s imagination since childhood.

Roy Ananda's AGSA project coincides with the launch of his 2021 SALA Publication, as well as a solo exhibition titled 'Supreme Library' at Adelaide Central Gallery.

30 Jul - 19 Sep
Mon-Sun 10am-5pm
Art Gallery of South Australia
North Tce, Adelaide
8207 7000
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Artist Talk Lunchtime talk with Bernadette Klavins. 10 Aug 12:30pm - Free talk about Roy Ananda's art practice with co-author Bernadette Klavins