Seven Pieces for Chauncey Gardener, 2014.Velvet, felt, painted branches, rubber, perspex, cast aluminium. Image courtesy of the artist and GAGPROJECTS: Adelaide & Berlin
The 2019 South Australian Living Artists (SALA) Festival launches this Thursday August 1 for its 22nd consecutive year celebrating the variety and importance of local artists. The largest community based open access visual arts festival in Australia, SALA runs throughout the month of August and this year boasts nearly 700 exhibitions and events held across 500 metropolitan and regional venues
Each year SALA announces a Feature Artist to be the subject of a publication by SALA Festival Inc Board in collaboration with the Government of South Australia and Wakefield Press. This year's Feature Artist is Louise Haselton, a practicing artist working predominantly with sculpture and Studio Head of Sculpture and Installation in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at the University of South Australia. The publication, entitled Louise Haselton: Act natural, contains essays by Gillian Brown, Leigh Robb, and Jenna McKenzie and explores Haselton's unexpected, unconventional, and extraordinary ouevre.
Louise Haselton in the foundry at Kunstgeisserie Flirl, Berlin, 2017. Image courtesy the artist.
The publication coincides with the launch of a major exhibition celebrating and chronicling Haselton's influential and pivotal career thus far. A combination of new works and a selection of works from the past three decades, like cures like runs from August 2 - September 27 in Galleries 1 & 2 at the Samstag Museum of Art.
"Over twenty-five years, Haselton has established a predominantly sculptural practice in which no material is off-limits. By exploring aesthetic connections between seemingly disparate material vernaculars, she offers glimpses of the curious inner life of everyday and overlooked things. With a distinctive intuition, Haselton’s practice is exemplary of an artist especially attuned to the matter of our world." - Samstag Museum of Art