Vera Ada, Ileno, 2013

Foyer Gallery Exhibitions

Corporeal | Ephemeral: Contemporary experiences in landscape

Curated by Lauren Mustillo

Featuring Vera Ada, Lana Adams, Alice Blanch and Allison Chhorn

Showing 12 March until 14 May 2015
Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm daily (closed public holidays)

Exhibition Celebation Wednesday 13 May, 5:30 - 7:30pm. All welcome.

Landscape can ground us — situate us in place and orientate us both physically and mentally.

The physical features of landscape can tell us if we are home amongst the familiar or someplace new in the unknown. Mountains, rivers, mist, rocks, trees, sand and sea; all these things we see in the landscape tell a story about a place and how people might inhabit it. These visual markers form our corporeal understanding of place.

But there are some things in the landscape we can’t see; the feeling of the sun on bare skin; humid muggy summers; the crispness of the air when standing on a mountain top or the smell of fresh cut grass. These things are ephemeral. The memories of smells and sounds or feelings of fear and elation are the ephemeral imprints of place. They are fleeting by nature and much harder to capture and describe than their geological counterparts.

The artists in this show strike a beautiful and balance between the corporeal and the ephemeral. Imagery of misty open planes, the relationship between land and sky, atmospheric morning sunlight and figures emerging and receding from foggy scenes all have the power to evoke feelings and memories. They lead the viewer on an exploration of the ephemeral through the corporeal visual beauty of landscape.

detail: Vera Ada, lleno, 2013

The Artists

Vera Ada was born in Minsk, Belarus. She studied at the University of Adelaide, completing a Bachelor of Arts in 2009, followed by a Diploma in Language in 2010. She has been practicing photography for the past 8 years and has been exhibiting since 2008. Vera has participated in numerous festivals and group exhibitions, including local Adelaide Artist Run Initiatives (ARIs) Espionage Gallery, the Mill and the former Format Gallery. She has exhibited interstate at Ruffian Gallery (VIC), and had her first solo exhibition in 2013 at the Light Gallery at the Centre for Creative Photography. In 2014 she held her second solo exhibition at Sub Rosa Shop and Gallery and later participated in the final RAW Showcase for which she was awarded the RAW Adelaide Photographer of the Year. Vera’s work is underpinned by an engagement with nature and the everyday where she is drawn to the unique details of each individual setting. Vera is interested in exploring the many formats of film and employs experimental techniques such as multiple exposures, ensuing unique and often alchemic results.

Lana Adams completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Design at the Adelaide College of the Arts in 2012 and was the subsequent recipient of the College’s Arts Excellence Award. She completed her Honours studies at the University of South Australia in 2014 and was awarded the Atkins Prize for outstanding photographic work. She held her first solo exhibition, Terra Firma, in The Reading Room in 2012, and has had her work featured in a number of group exhibitions at Salad Days, Hill Smith Gallery, The Mill and Carclew. Lana’s work was also selected for and featured in the 2013 Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition.

Lana Adams is an emerging photographic artist who primarily explores the themes of place, home and memory within her work. Her work is intimate, personal and biographic. Connections to place are often the main focus, often examining her relationship to spaces in the Adelaide Hills and how these are informed by her personal relationships. She also has a strong interest in how the photograph is used as an object of memory. These themes are all encompassed within the works showing within this exhibition.

Alice Blanch was born in Adelaide in 1989. From 2008-2011 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the South Australian School of Art. In 2012 she moved to Hobart to undertake Honours at the Tasmanian School of Art. Alice is an emerging Australian photographer influenced by the ephemeral nature of the sky and its relationship to the landscape below. Alice has a strong connection to the natural world; her photographic artwork is a visual representation of her personal experiences and understanding of the phenomena of nature. Working with photographic film in old cameras, she embraces the possibility for magical and unpredictable results. Alice is passionate about the process of creating and is interested in how she can use her process and artworks to connect with others on a personal level. Since graduating from a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Honours, in 2012 Alice has traveled and exhibited her artwork extensively around Australia and has been selected for inclusion in numerous art prizes across the country.

Alice is now based in Adelaide, working from Carclew's Fifth Quarter in Bowden and traveling outside of the city on a regular basis.

Allison Chhornis an Adelaide based artist. In 2014 she graduated from the South Australian School of Art with Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) specialising in painting. Through her work Allison explores ideas of perception and time and space and is interested in the ephemerality of memory and how it connects us to place. Her visual language draws on cinema and photography, and incorporates installation, which she expressed through elements of multiple layering to create effects of distortion and ambiguity. Most recently Allison participated inaugural ‘9:16 Film Festival’, a Renew Adelaide initiative supported by the City of Port Adelaide Enfield, where she was commissioned to create a video art piece exploring public art through a phenomenological view point.

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Key Dates

  • May 13
    Exhibition Celebration: Corporeal/Ephemeral


    Carclew, 11 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide


    Last chance to see the current exhibiton in Carclew's Foyer Gallery


    5:30 - 8:30pm

  • May 14
    EXHIBITION: Corporeal | Ephemeral: Contemporary experiences in landscape


    Carclew, 11 Jeffcott Street, North Adelaide


    An exhibition in Carclew's Foyer Gallery


    Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm