Tom Moore: Agents of Incongruity


18 June 2019, 11:00 AM — 05 July 2019, 5:00 PM

SASA Gallery, Level 2, Kaurna Building, Fenn Place, Adelaide, South Australia 5000


Postgraduate Season at the SASA Gallery

Tom Moore: Agents of Incongruity

June 18th - July 5th (Monday-Friday, 11AM-5PM)

Launch: Thursday June 20th, 5PM-7PM 

This exhibition is the result of practice-led research utilising specialised glass making techniques to produce objects exploring the themes of nonsense, monsters, wonder and dread. The objects are intended to celebrate innovative and joyful uses of blown glass and invigorate contemporary practice by adopting novel technical and thematic influences to expand the communicative potential of this material.

This research proposes that glass is imbued with unique associations that may be particularly appropriate for responding to the troubled terrain of the Anthropocene. Glass making is considered as a process for creating value, through the skilful transformation of natural recourses, culminating in luxury objects utilising finely detailed decorative effects. Atmospheric pollution generated in the course of the research has been calculated and generously offset, in an attempt to reconcile the personal dilemma of continuing to practise a pyrotechnic craft in an age of rapid global warming.

Translation of unconventional drawings into glass has been explored as a strategy for generating surprising objects that playfully upset conventions of representation and perception through odd proportions and eccentric compositions.

The research has been influenced by imagery portraying humans acting or appearing like animals, suggesting fellowship and parity. This theme is explored through glass objects that blur and combine animal, human and plant characteristics and behaviours.

The incongruity theory of humour and its role in generating pleasurable cognitive shifts is central to the aim of studio practices, leading to the use of absurdity in an effort to confound and energise conventions of craft making and display.

Image by Steve Wilson