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Upcoming CACSA Project: Roy Ananda

BY Logan Macdonald | 15-Apr-2013
Following the successful presentation of P A L E S T I N E in the CACSA galleries with Australian and international artists during the Adelaide Festival, CACSA Project #3, MANIFEST 1, presents a major solo exhibition by SA artist and educator, Roy Ananda. This exhibition (to be followed by MANIFEST 2—Sue Kneebone) builds on the CACSA’s ongoing commitment to the professional development of South Australian contemporary visual arts practice, complementing recent highly successful multi-site projects as CACSA CONTEMPORARY 2010: THE NEW NEW, CACSA CONTEMPORARY 2012: NEW SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ART, IBIDEM and major solo presentations over past SALA Festivals of noted SA artists Paul Hoban, Matthew Bradley and Louise Haselton.
Venue: Contemporary Art Centre of SA
Address: 14 Porter Street, Parkside 5063
Date: 26th of April
Time: 5.30 pm
Ticket: FREE
Web: http://www.cacsa.org.au/?ai1ec_event=roy-ananda-the-devourer-opening-26th-april&instance_id=
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EMail: program@cacsa.org.au
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Roy Ananda, The abomination of abominations, 2012, Oak, beeswax, digital print, 190x120x90cm
Photograph by James Field

Following the successful presentation of P A L E S T I N E in the CACSA galleries with Australian and international artists during the Adelaide Festival, CACSA Project #3, MANIFEST 1, presents a major solo exhibition by SA artist and educator, Roy Ananda. This exhibition (to be followed by MANIFEST 2—Sue Kneebone) builds on the CACSA’s ongoing commitment to the professional development of South Australian contemporary visual arts practice, complementing recent highly successful multi-site projects as CACSA CONTEMPORARY 2010: THE NEW NEW, CACSA CONTEMPORARY 2012: NEW SOUTH AUSTRALIAN ART, IBIDEM and major solo presentations over past SALA Festivals of noted SA artists Paul Hoban, Matthew Bradley and Louise Haselton. The MANIFEST series focuses on South Australian artists who have been awarded the prestigious Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Art Award —Roy Ananda 2010 and Sue Kneebone 2011 (Heidi Kenyon was awarded the prize in 2012).

The Qantas Foundation Encouragement of Australian Art Award recognises emerging Australian contemporary artists and aims to increase awareness of Australian contemporary art by encouraging promising, emerging artists to produce further work. It is a unique art prize in that it recognises an artist’s body of work rather than awarding artists for individual pieces. The Contemporary Art Centre of SA is proud to be the South Australian host organisation since 2010 for this prestigious award. Roy Ananda says of his work: “For several years the influence of horror and science-fiction literature has lurked at the periphery of my practice. The most recurrent and pervasive influence seems to be the work of American pulp author Howard Phillips Lovecraft (1890-1937). The murky, pseudo-mythology that underpinned Lovecraft’s nihilistic tales of cosmic horror–today known as the Cthulhu Mythos–continues to be augmented and expanded upon by legions of authors, artists, gamers and fans to this day. The inventory of bizarre entities, nightmarish locales, alien artefacts and forbidden tomes that constitutes the Cthulhu Mythos grows ever larger and with R’lyeh Maquettes I find myself contributing my own portion of user-generated Mythos content.”

Roy Ananda is a South Australian artist working in the fields of drawing, sculpture and installation. He is currently Head of Sculpture at Adelaide Central School of Art. He has been actively exhibiting since 2001 and has held solo exhibitions at Dianne Tanzer Gallery + Projects and West Space (Melbourne), Gippsland Art Gallery (Victoria), 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art (Sydney), FELTspace, Downtown Art Space, Fontanelle Gallery and the CACSA Project Space (Adelaide). His work has also appeared in significant survey exhibitions including 2004 Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney and the Australian Drawing Biennale, Drill Hall Gallery, Canberra. Roy Ananda is represented by Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne. EXHIBITION DATES 26 APRIL–26 MAY, 2013