Adam Rish’s interest is in cross cultural collaboration as ‘world art’ and thus he has worked with indigenous artists in Australia, Indonesia, Tonga, Turkey and the USA making ceramics, paintings, prints, sculpture and textiles since 1975. Basing his art on local rather than international influences, he employs traditional techniques and adapts them with modern technological and domestic images. So, for example, cars, planes and televisions may take the place of traditional abstractions of flowers, birds and clouds.
The exhibition will show chronologically Rish’s early batik works such as Tropical Fever from 1975; prints made in the early 1980s; the artist’s take on baroque picture frames from the mid-1980s; kilims from Turkey and ikat from Sumba in the early 1990s; collaborations with aboriginal painters, such as Hector Jandany and Lily Karadada, from the mid 1990’s; tapa cloths made with Palema Tualau in Tonga from 1999 to 2001.
The show introduces a monograph on Rish’s work, with a foreword by John McDonald. The works will be accompanied by photographic and video documentation and presentations by the artist.