Exhibitions / Magic Object, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, 2016

27.02.2016 to 15.05.2016

Titled Magic Object, the 2016 Adelaide Biennial of Australia Art takes inspiration from the Wunderkammer, delving into a world of wonder and enchantment through the eyes of Australian contemporary artists.


Magic Object will offer a space where free associations and insights are made possible by artists and audiences, where artists’ interests in the talismanic, in cultural rituals and material riddles enchant the viewer. This enchantment however, is not without caution – the Wunderkammer offers itself up as tool with which to not only view the world, but to critique it.

Inviting us into their own ‘cabinets of curiosity’ through photography, painting, performance, sculpture, installation and the moving image, will be artists Abdul-Rahman Abdullah (WA), Glenn Barkley (NSW), Chris Bond (VIC), Pepai Carroll (SA), Tarryn Gill (WA), Louise Haselton (SA), Juz Kitson (NSW), Loongkoonan (WA), Fiona McMonagle (VIC), Danie Mellor (NSW), Clare Milledge (NSW), Tom Moore (SA), Nell (NSW), Ramesh Mario-Nithiyendran (NSW), Bluey Roberts (SA), Gareth Sansom (VIC), Robyn Stacey (NSW), Garry Stewart & Australian Dance Theatre (SA), Jacqui Stockdale (VIC), Heather B Swann (ACT), Hiromi Tango (NSW), Roy Wiggan (WA), Tiger Yaltangi (SA) and Michael Zavros (QLD).

Presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia and curated by Lisa Slade, Assistant Director, Artistic Programs at the Art Gallery, Magic Object runs from 27 February to 15 May 2016 as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts.

Chris Bond has made a new sequence of paintings and documents under the guise of his muse and master Tor Rasmussen. Five painted library books, each authored by Rasmussen, feature titles and imagery that Bond has created while in character. They contain invented publishers, ISBN and call numbers, and have apparently been borrowed from the collection of the Le Vitt College Library. These five painted books appear to be embedded into the wall. An email from Rasmussen to Bond is also included, in which he chastises Bond for his fictions. A burnt book from the ruins of the Le Vitt library is sent by Rasmussen in the mail as a reminder of the power of the real. Three painted books offer narrative support: charting the burning and rebuilding of the Le Vitt library, referencing the power of the invented call number seen on the embedded library books, and romanticising the perversity of the process under which the works were made.


Bond's works will be on display at the Samstag Museum, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide, for the duration of the exhibition.

704.949133 2016 by Chris Bond

704.949133  2016

oil on canvas, fabric, paper, card

25 x 21 x 4 cm

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A Stranger in the Mirror 2016 by Chris Bond

A Stranger in the Mirror  2016

oil on canvas, paper, card

18 x 11 x 2 cm

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LE VITT - FROM ASHES 2016 by Chris Bond

LE VITT - FROM ASHES  2016

oil on canvas, fabric, paper, card

31 x 27 x 3 cm

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Offering 2016 by Chris Bond

Offering  2016

book

21 x 15 x 6 cm

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Tor Rasmussen email, 10 January 2016 2016 by Chris Bond

Tor Rasmussen email, 10 January 2016  2016

laser print

30 x 21 cm

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Tor 2016 by Chris Bond

Tor  2016

hair, coral

20 x 40 x 30 cm

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mortgin kinerok eir sig cranchniholtvagen (detail, call number) 2015 by Chris Bond

mortgin kinerok eir sig cranchniholtvagen (detail, call number)  2015

oil and acrylic on canvas, calico, MDF

2 x 40 x 30 cm

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mortgin kinerok eir sig cranchniholtvagen (detail, spine) 2015 by Chris Bond

mortgin kinerok eir sig cranchniholtvagen (detail, spine)  2015

oil and acrylic on canvas, calico, MDF

2 x 40 x 30 cm

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mortgin kinerok eir sig cranchniholtvagen (left side view) 2015 by Chris Bond

mortgin kinerok eir sig cranchniholtvagen (left side view)  2015

oil and acrylic on canvas, calico, MDF

2 x 40 x 30 cm

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slagen igg grotten figgur (front view) 2015 by Chris Bond

slagen igg grotten figgur (front view)  2015

oil and acrylic on canvas, MDF

2 x 25 x 20 cm

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slagen igg grotten figgur (left side view) 2015 by Chris Bond

slagen igg grotten figgur (left side view)  2015

oil and acrylic on canvas, MDF

2 x 25 x 20 cm

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slagen igg grotten figgur (right side view) 2015 by Chris Bond

slagen igg grotten figgur (right side view)  2015

oil and acrylic on canvas, MDF

2 x 25 x 20 cm

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svampkris ig perrrgin vantlish la steken (left side view) 2015 by Chris Bond

svampkris ig perrrgin vantlish la steken (left side view)  2015

oil on canvas, MDF

30 x 4 x 24 cm

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svampkris ig perrrgin vantlish la steken (right side view) 2015 by Chris Bond

svampkris ig perrrgin vantlish la steken (right side view)  2015

oil on canvas, MDF

30 x 4 x 24 cm

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ver neut vor in glast (front view) 2015 by Chris Bond

ver neut vor in glast (front view)  2015

oil and acrylic on canvas, MDF

29 x 3 x 8 cm

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ver neut vor in glast (right side view) 2015 by Chris Bond

ver neut vor in glast (right side view)  2015

oil and acrylic on canvas, MDF

29 x 3 x 8 cm

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vulhun krag (detail, call number) 2015 by Chris Bond

vulhun krag (detail, call number)  2015

oil on canvas, calico, MDF

1 x 21 x 38 cm

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vulhun krag (detail, ISBN number) 2015 by Chris Bond

vulhun krag (detail, ISBN number)  2015

oil on canvas, calico, MDF

1 x 21 x 38 cm

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vulhun krag (detail, spine) 2015 by Chris Bond

vulhun krag (detail, spine)  2015

oil on canvas, calico, MDF

1 x 21 x 38 cm

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vulhun krag (top view) 2015 by Chris Bond

vulhun krag (top view)  2015

oil on canvas, calico, MDF

1 x 21 x 38 cm

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vulhun krag (underneath view) 2015 by Chris Bond

vulhun krag (underneath view)  2015

oil on canvas, calico, MDF

1 x 21 x 38 cm

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