Fort Delta is pleased to present Cane Toad, it’s first solo exhibition with artist Adam Stone, on view at the gallery from June 3 – July 2, with an opening reception for the exhibition being held on Thursday June 2nd from 6:00 – 8:00pm. Stone, who has previously exhibited at the gallery in the group exhibition ‘Here’s to Future Days’ earlier this year, will debut new painted bronze sculptures cast from 3D printed moulds, as well as an electronic sculpture; a new development in the artist’s practice.
Adam Stone uses narrative as a conceptual framework to inform his works that employ a wide range of media. His work frequently takes the form of sculpture and installation.
Often drawing from the worlds of advertising and consumerism, the Internet, tropes and figures associated with classical sculpture, and technology industries; Stone’s works are ambitious and imbued with enigmatic narratives that draw from personal experiences and tap into greater universal significances for the viewer in the way he presents various concepts and scenarios to us. His latest exhibition entitled ‘Cane Toad’ references the pests’ epidemic rise in population in Queensland since the 1940’s and it’s rampant destruction of precious indigenous species. Laden with hubris, Stone singles out this particular scenario as a way to mirror the narratives, tensions, and adversities his new sculptures confront the viewer with in the exhibition.
As part of an on-going series of works by Stone and presented for the first time at the gallery, Cane Toad will feature painted bronze sculptures of bananas with faces of male figures who have suffered public falls from grace carved into them. The various countenances of these unmistakably phallic works include Bill Clinton as well as the Lehman Brothers (the merchant bankers arguably responsible for the global financial crisis) and reveal the ‘infallibility’ of the hyper-masculine figure as social myth.
A major installation piece created specifically for the exhibition is comprised of automatic glass sliding doors – the kind you would come across at the entrance to a major utility or public space (a hotel lobby, shopping center, or hospital) with the face of Lance Armstrong printed on the front of the mechanism. An apt poster boy of male hubris, Armstrong’s image is ruptured by automatic sensors that open and close the doors – rebuilding his brand value consistently only to tear it apart again. – The work activates the viewer in a scenario where representations of consumerism and commodity amalgamate under the same banner of tarnished image-distortion, social decay and public reckoning; creating jumbled narratives seemingly intended for mass consumption.
Installed at the back of the gallery and hitting one of the exhibition’s more incongruous, darker notes is a sculpture of a roller door crushing a watermelon and represents a very specific memory in artist’s childhood when he shut an automatic garage on his younger brother – a vivid recollection of feeling utterly compelled into doing something evil.
Adam Stone is a Melbourne based artist who received his BFA (Hons) from the Victorian College of the Arts. Since graduating Adam has had numerous solo and group shows and undertaken residencies in Beijing and New York. He has been the recipient of numerous grants and prizes, including the Montalto Sculpture Prize, The Fiona Myer Award, The Orloff Family Charitable Trust Scholarship and travel grants from the Ian Potter Cultural Trust and the City of Boorandara. Recently, he has been a finalist in the McClelland Gallery Sininni Prize, the Blake Prize (DC), the Wyndham City Art Prize and the Qantas SOYA Prize. Adam has exhibited in both group and solo shows at ARI’s, commercial and public galleries in Australia and Asia. Selected galleries include: McClelland Gallery and Sculpture Park, Inside Out Art Museum (Beijing), Seventh, Blindside ARI, Kings ARI, Sawtooth ARI, Bus Projects, Fort Delta, Margaret Lawrence Gallery and the CCP. In 2016 he was awarded a public sculpture commission in the City Of Moonee Valley. Adam is the founder/curator of commercial/ARI hybrid, LON Gallery. His work is held in public and private collections in Australia and Asia