Renowned artist Louise Haselton has been named SALA Festival featured artist for 2019 at the festival's official opening night gala at the Art Gallery of South Australia tonight (Thursday July 26).
Haselton’s sculptural works showcase everyday items that come to life as she weaves them into her celebrated pieces. From correction fluid to timber, string to old packaging, these discarded and scrounged items are given new life, new potential through Haselton’s remarkable re-imaginings.
The Adelaide-based artist completed a Masters of Visual Arts (Sculpture) by research at RMIT University in 2002, and in 2005 undertook a residency at Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi, India. Haselton has held several solo exhibitions and in 2015 participated in do it adelaide, at The Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, when she enacted instructions by Alison Knowles and was included in the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Magic Object at the Art Gallery of South Australia.
As SALA’s featured artist, Haselton’s work will be on the cover of the 2019 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival program and poster, and she will be commemorated in the official 2019 South Australian Living Artists Publication, funded by Arts South Australia, to be published by Wakefield Press and penned by local writers Jenna McKenzie, Gillian Brown and Leigh Robb. Haselton will also have a major exhibition at Samstag Museum in 2019. “I'm thrilled to be selected as the recipient of the 2019 SALA/Wakefield Press artist monograph and as a featured artist in the 2019 Festival,” Haselton says. “Being invited to exhibit at The Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum coinciding with this publication is an honour and will be a fantastic opportunity to develop and show major new work. I’m looking forward to an exciting and productive year ahead.”
This year’s SALA featured artist is Clare Belfrage and her 2018 South Australian Living Artists Publication Rhythms of Necessity, penned by local writers and artists Kay Lawrence and Sera Waters, was officially launched at Thursday night’s gala.
Clare Belfrage is this year’s Jam Factory Icon and her exhibition Measuring Time is at the Jam Factory as well as a collection of her works on display in the Melrose Wing at the Art Gallery of South Australia, both will run until September 16. Clare has maintained a vibrant studio glass practice and is known for her distinctive artworks. This significant solo exhibition is inspired by the repetitious patterns found in nature and the woven lines of textiles. Clare is particularly drawn to the layered rhythms that mark growth, change and the passing of time.
The SALA Festival runs from August 1- 31, presenting the works of more than 9000 artists in 700 exhibitions and events across Adelaide and regions. SALA is Australia’s biggest community-based visual arts festival that includes painting sculpture, video, multimedia, photography, performance and more.
More information about all SALA exhibitions and events can be found online at www.salafestival.com or by calling 8233 0676. All SALA events are free unless otherwise noted.
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ABOUT LOUISE HASELTON "Louise Haselton produces sculptures and installations in which the formal placement of objects are contrasted with an element of randomness. Traditional precision craft techniques such as casting might be positioned within an assemblage of found objects. Following a Helpmann Academy residency at Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi, India, 2005, Louise has been making sculptural works using materials gleaned from the world around her." (Dr Mary Knights, 2012)
Louise Haselton makes sculptural works using materials gleaned from the world around her. In 2002 Haselton completed a Masters of Visual Arts (Sculpture) by research at RMIT University, Melbourne and in 2005 undertook a residency at Sanskriti Kendra, Delhi, India. Haselton held solo exhibitions, in 2011 at The Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, in 2013 at Greenaway Art Gallery and in 2014 at The Australian Experimental Art Foundation. In 2015 Haselton participated in do it adelaide, at The Anne and Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, when she enacted instructions by Alison Knowles and was included in the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Magic Object at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Since 2003 she has been a lecturer in The School of Art, Architecture and Design, University of South Australia.
Image: Louise Haselton, Scrutineers, 2011, copper, brass, rocks, mirrored discs, dimensions variable; South Australian Government Grant 2011, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, courtesy of the artist and GAG Projects, Adelaide