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Majestic Minima Hotel opened in 2008 and completely transformed into a unique creative space for guests and artists in 2013.

It has a very modern and creative appeal both inside and out. The property boasts 46 compact art rooms measuring approximately 14 square metres. The rooms may be smaller but they pack a punch!

ROOM 01: LIFE

ARTIST: OWEN LINDSAY

Editor, illustrator and journalist for Merge Magazine – Owen Lindsay, emphasises the importance of a topical, pertinent cartoon. Double degrees in Journalism and International studies from University of South Australia, Owen also worked for ‘The Wire’.

This piece traces the fantastic journey of the universe’s most important creative force: life. From simple bacteria, through tentacley ocean-dwelling abominations, feathered dinosaurs, cowardly birds, and up to today’s warm-blooded space-suited human-beings, this piece celebrates life over the last 4 billion years of our planet – and asks: what’s next?

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.owen-lindsay.com

ROOM 02: UNTITLED

ARTIST: MICHAEL WOLFF

Michael Wolff is the owner/manager of Wolff Coatings Pty Ltd. Michael specialises in all paint finishes for television, film, theatre, domestic and commercial purposes. In addition he does paperhanging, fine art reproduction, original paintings & sculpture, concept development and large scale cataloguing systems.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons.) in Visual and Fine Art.

All of known life is constructed by, and consists of, complex substructures and behaviours. These building blocks have form, often geometric and/or fractal in appearance. They often mimic, at an atomic level, the nature of objects on full scale. The micro and macro echo each other.

And so, the idea that the ‘invisible’ informs the visible has profound philosophical, even spiritual implications. We know the influence of our observation can change the appearance and/or position of atoms.

This raises the question – are there fixed bounds of the building blocks of creation?

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.wolffcoatings.com

ROOM 03: MOTHER EARTH

ARTIST: JOSHUA SMITH

Joshua Smith, the gallery director of Espionage Gallery is an accomplished Stencil Artist. In the last 14 years Josh has had over 140 exhibitionsworldwide in galleries such as ChinaHeights, NGV – Federation Square, ArtRage Complex, Per Square Metre, Oh Really Gallery, Helen Gory Gallerie, Peter Walker Fine Art, Art Monster Gallery, 19 Karen, and Outpost Project – Cockatoo Island. His work has been showcased in Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, the Gold Coast, Toronto in Canada, St. Louis in the United States, and Kobe, Ashiya and Osaka in Japan.

Aside from the gallery and creating his own artwork Josh also works for a variety of organisations such as Red Cross Australia, Carclew Youth Arts, City of Holdfast, City of Marion, City of West Torrens, City of Playford, Baptist Care SA and Refugee Services. He teaches stencil art to a diverse range of students, from private school students to homeless and disadvantaged youth.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.iknowjoshuasmith.com/

ROOM 04: UNTITLED

ARTIST: JELENA VUJNOVIC

Jelena is an Adelaide based visual artist, she is a past student of Adelaide College of the Arts and UniSA, where she completed a Masters of Visual Art and Applied Design (drawing specialization).

Hands are the vessel for the realisation of an idea, and represent the power that the mind has when combined with the capabilities of our physiology. Their strength is immeasurable; in their ability to create, to nurture, to caress or destroy, the beauty lies in their potential. The 27 bones in each hand work seamlessly to manifest a visual or written story, representing the delight and process of creation.

“My work represents the catharsis of tactile making that centres and balances. Drawing, painting and making offer a visual articulation of the thoughts that I am often at a loss of words for, and thus my work becomes a calm meditation of delicate lines and a soft palette”.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.facebook.com/JelenaVujnovicArt/

ROOM 05: A REMINISCENT DRIVE

ARTIST: GOLDEN SILVER PROJECT

The Golden Silver Project (a.k.a. Gary Seaman) has been working professionally as a Graphic Designer since 2007 and has been practising as an artist for the past two years.

Using his design education as a base, Gary has expanded his skills in numerous mediums including Aerosol, Sculpture (mainly wood based), screen printing and mixed media painting. Noticeable in recent works is the newly developed wood carving technique.

Taking influences from street art, oriental cultures and designer toys, Gary works with wood, aerosol, found objects and vinyl figures to create multi dimensional works that depict characters that we can all relate to, even though they exist in their own little world.

Other interests include Lomo photography, screen printing, furniture design, sneaker collecting and anything related to bicycles!

Gary currently lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia.

We are saved and are alive – Now we have nothing to lose. We become immortal – We have the food of the gods. The high mountains have no more secrets for us – barefoot we walk on fire.

ROOM 06: ANEMONE

ARTIST: JOHN QUAN

Initially trained in the fields of Industrial Design, as well as Fashion Design, John commenced a 2 year traineeship in 2007 in the JamFactory furniture studio. Since completing the associate program, he has been involved in a broad range of creative pursuits, which include creating one-off furniture pieces, designing products for limited production and developing new works for exhibitions.

‘I am inspired by my interactions with my environment as well as the people around me and I strive to create an emotional link between my objects/furniture and my audience.

Drawing upon my training in industrial design and fashion design, I endeavour to further the understanding of my own craft through ongoing experimentation with materials and processes.

All my experiences have culminated in a very pragmatic approach to design and I believe that good design is something that people should be able to live with day to day’.

This piece allows the guest to be creative. There is metal plate on the wall holding a red wand (magnet). Guests can play with the anemone by waving or poking the wand near the tape which will be attracted or repelled by the wand. It produces quite a hypnotic effect as the loops of tape flick back to their original position, like watching rice stalks in the wind but on a much smaller scale.

I have also included a link to a short YouTube video demonstrating the magnetic effect in action.

Warning: The magnet is very powerful and has a lifting force of approximately 160kg. It might be possible to pinch fingers (if your hand is caught between the magnet and a metal surface).

ROOM 07: UNTITLED

ARTIST: SEB HUMPHREYS

‘From my earliest paintings as a child I have been intrigued by the relationships between geometric forms and the growth patterns within nature. Finding an aesthetic balance between these two forces is the common thread of my work.’Seb Humphreys took on the moniker ‘ Order ‘ in the year 2000 and later the number 55 to further signify the depth of the meaning and direction of his work. His journey of style development originated with the search of letter perfection and integration of subtle and complex forms tied to the name Order. As times have rolled out, the sole reliance on letters as a structural base has been left behind, with the style escaping these confines and seeping into the realms of realism yet at the same time delving towards pure abstraction.Creation is a circumstance of endless beginnings, a constant rhythm continuously starting from nowhere, a self generated effect with no apparent cause. An unchanging changer and the first link in an unbreakable chain of events. It comes from you. Somewhere. You bring it from nothing, and it spontaneously begins. And once it has begun their is no recourse, not for the creation, creator or viewer. None will remain unaffected.

Like a journey that has reached its no turning back point, a creation once set in motion cannot enfold upon itself, even if contained or suppressed it will morph and seek another path to its expressive outlet. It is the heart beat of life. The power of you that holds the essence of who you are.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.sebhumphreys.com/

ROOM 08: UNTITLED

ARTIST: LISA KING

Describes herself as a low brow artist that injects elements of street culture by using decks, longboards and other alternative mediums as her preferred canvases. Combining subtle and soft oil painting techniques and drawings with the rawness of these canvases really allows her to add a female voice to the low-brow art movement. She see’s herself as an ethnologist within the fanciful society in which her work exists. Works that signifies a strong sense of series, with each character exuberating lost cultures, innocence and escapism with fashion and costume as a way to formulate their individuality.Her background comes from several foundations of art and design and the major role of being a self-taught creative. She started her Industry experience as a curator for several years at Gallery “Paperhorse Studios” before retiring to the role of as a full time artist. She currently lives and exhibits in Adelaide, but is hoping to tackle the rest of Australia and overseas in 2012.A form, an idealism, in touch or perhaps in thought. From the conscious to the sub-conscious of innate expression and or manifestation. The process of creation in my work comes from my consciousness and expression. Whether it be a single painting or a site specific installation I work towards a positive reaction and interaction  from and within the viewer’s eyes. My mural work is based on the objectivity to create an installation in which people can walk into and instantly feel like they are in an exclusive and fun environment. In my style I bring a world of character, colour and fantastical story telling with a strong influence of design aesthetics and form.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.instagram.com/artoflisaking

ROOM 09: PIXEL FACE

ARTIST: PETER DREW

Peter Drew was born Adelaide, Australia and now lives in Glasgow, Scotland. He has been practicing as an artist since 2006 and publishing writing on visual art since 2009. He makes studio-based work for the gallery and creates uncommissioned art for the urban landscape. These works can be found in Adelaide, Berlin, Glasgow, London, Melbourne, New York and Sydney.

‘Most of my recent street art features a set of pixelated faces that have something to do with the flatness and banality of human emotions once they’ve passed through technology. Everyday we use technology to replace the person to person interactions that our emotions have evolved to rely upon, becoming more connected but further apart. In this way technology’s failures are sewn within its triumphs. I like to remember this as it entwines us’.

FROM THE CURATOR:

This pixel face is, or was for a time, omnipresent in the city and synonymous with Adelaide Street Art. Peter’s contribution to the local art scene has been enormous. This piece celebrates his creation, the pixel face and the increased appreciation of, or at least discussion about, street art in Adelaide.

The classic pixel face has been extended by adding another classic icon, the light bulb representing inspiration; inspiration being the source of all human creation.

The artwork has been painted using a roller, Peter’s weapon of choice.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.peterdrewarts.com

ROOM 10: CAMBRIAN EXPLOSION

ARTIST: SPENCER HARRISON

Spencer Harrison is a graphic designer, illustrator and dabbler in many thing. He is the founder of design studio Happy Stüdio and daily illustration project MNML Thing. He has a keen interest in the intersect of business, design and entrepreneurship and loves meeting people who are passionate about what they do. With both degrees in Nanotechnology and Visual Communication, he brings to his work strong analytical thinking combined with creative idea generation and a dash of fun.

His work has won several awards including the Newstar Print Trust award at agIdeas in 2010 and has been featured in several design blogs and publications. Outside of the studio he can be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen, traveling the globe, tending to his garden bed or curled up reading a good book with a cup of tea.

This room is inspired by the Cambrian Explosion, a period in evolution around 542 million years ago when the majority of animal phyla appeared on the earth and in the oceans. During this period, Evolution experimented with the shapes and forms of animals producing some rather unusual creatures in the process. This process of experimentation mirrors the kind of creative process we go through as artists, experimenting with form, colour and shapes before we reach a finished design.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.spenceroni.com

ROOM 11: LOVE

ARTIST: NAOMI MURRELL

Naomi Murrell designs keepsakes for fun lovers. Her nostalgic line of folk ­finery will bring a smile to your style. Driven by the impulse to capture beauty and share it with others, Naomi’s ethically produced jewellery is big on hope, happiness and simple pleasures. Naomi hearts drawing and design. A lover of pictures, puns and vintage posters, she lives in Adelaide, Australia where she combines creative work with cups of tea and folk music appreciation.

Having graced the pages of many a ­mag, the likes of Frankie, Yen and Vogue all agree NM is top shelf. With a loyal flock of collectors and an impressive treasury of national stockists including Obüs and the Art Gallery of NSW, NM is winning hearts all over the place.

Supported by her fella, Director of Sales + Good Times: Dave Stace, and her creative dynamo assistant: Julie White, there’s a lot of love and laughter in this studio!

I design keepsakes for fun lovers. My take on the creation theme is based on my design philosophy which is to approach all creative work with heart and honesty. I’m driven to capture the beauty I ­nd in the world and share it. In doing so I hope to bring a sense of peace and happiness to folks around me. My piece for the Minima Art Hotel Project, in tones of citrine and gold, depicts my signature lovebirds in a place of serenity and whimsy.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.naomimurrell.com

ROOM 12: MOTHER OF CREATION

ARTIST: PETA ALANNAH CHIGWIDDEN

Inspired by her passion for life drawing and appreciation of the sensual female form, Peta Alannah Chigwidden creates enigmatic Oil and charcoal paintings through the fluidity of line contrasting with the softness of her colour palate. Her girls appear like mist with strength and intensity.

After graduating from South Australian School of Art, Peta has been exhibiting her work annually for the past five years, as well as co-curating the Fräulein Collective Exhibitions. Peta currently curates the Gallery at Urban Cow Studio.

I create enigmatic charcoal and oil paintings through the fluidity of line contrasting with the softness of colour palate. Imagery is inspired by my passion for life drawing and appreciation of the sensual female form. My imagery obsesses on the female, mother of creation, sensual, soft, loving and powerful. Sifting through ones memories uncovers a common thread of interest in things that draw in and out of the material world then deep down into the safe and creative childlike space of imagination. Herein lies my safe place, where the pivotal and the minuscule events in ones life shape and shift our perspective of the world, and however dramatic, they fade away. The female nude, appearing like mist from wooden panel, pays homage to these moments in life, as a female, a mother and creator.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.instagram.com/petaalannahart

ROOM 101: UNTITLED

ARTIST: JONATHAN VDK

Is a photographer living in Adelaide, South Australia. Joshua says creation is something that we have all been a part of and something that we can all continue to take part in. His work focuses on the latter; the ability for each person, no matter what age, social status, race, etc – to be able to create by themselves.

His artwork focuses on the hands and mind (head) of each subject. This attempts to show that we are able to create an idea with our minds and subsequently complete the creation with our hands.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://jonathanvdk.com/

ROOM 102: UNTITLED

ARTIST: LUCAS CROALL

Creation is an ongoing unfoldment. Guided by an impulse to strive, the creative process endlessly ushers in new strategies, and is relentlessly redefined by circumstance. The world moves and shifts, and between the cracks a flash of creativity moves in to offer us piece of mind and salvation.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.lucas.croall.com.au/

ROOM 103: MOTHER EARTH

ARTIST: NAHUM ZIERSCH

My passion is illustration and I take great pride in what I do, whether it be a small or large project – I give it my all. I’ve built up a strong reputation over the years and this shows in my dedication to my work and straight out love for what I do. I work mostly for the publishing industry, with clients in Australia and overseas, working on junior novels, comics and educational projects.

I have enjoyed great success in the sports sector, where I have worked on many high pro­le logos, mascots and character designs including the Adelaide Thunderbirds rebrand.

Other niche aspects of my work also include gaming, music, advertising and conceptual work.

Nahum holds a Bachelor of Visual Communications (Hons.).

The creator and giver of life and wonder, her peace and happiness abundant for all. Nestle your colourful dreams under the canopy of Mother Earth.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://nahumziersch.com.au

ROOM 104: DJIJJ & ANNLA

ARTIST: LUKU

Part man, and part machine, Luku is kind of like Robocop, except that his prime directive is to make pictures, be they moving or unmoving. Utilizing old-fangled painty and arty skills combined with new-fangled computery and softwarey skills, Luku is always searching for problems to solve with his pictures and animation. In recent years this has led to his working for films, TV shows, theatre productions, bands, schools, nightclubs and festivals as well as producing and curating many of his own animations and exhibitions. In 2008, Luku worked as Co-ordinator of the SALA Moving Image Project, and also served as official mentor to the 2009 Co-ordinator with the kind assistance of the Helpmann Academy. Luku regularly and passionately works for Carclew Youth Arts teaching computer animation skills to young people, and was recently engaged in their Creative Educations Partnerships Artist in Residence program at Tailem Bend Primary School. In the future, Luku hopes to pilot one component of a giant five part mechatronic warrior shaped like a  bear (or possibly a lion or large bird), whilst wearing a bright green patent leather jumpsuit and mask.When time was first splattered, glowing, into existence, the two cosmo-giants named Djijj & Annla regarded each other with a barely restrained hostility. For even in those early days, Annla knew it was her role to craft beautiful things out of permanence and tangibility, and Djijj knew in the fibre-optics of his being that it was his role to create glowing ephemeral things which didn’t fully exist  in this plane of reality.

At this moment, in the great and living void at the beginning of everything, the cosmo giants could not conceive of a time when they could work peacefully together.

Inevitably, eons would have to pass, and whole worlds would need to rise and fall before these two behemoths could work together. But the spirit of the great and living void itself knew that if that time should ever come to pass, the results would be truly majestic.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.luku.com.au

ROOM 105: SLEEPING FIGURES

ARTIST: JASMINE CRISP

“The imaginary is what tends to become real.” ― André Breton, 1924.

I have embraced the nature of a site which provides people with rest and sleep during a time of new surroundings and exploration. I have transformed the single main wall into a night scene, which depicts sleeping figures lost within a scattering of the symbols and spaces of their dreams. Some of these representational, familiar, yet obscurely placed objects may continue from this back wall onto other walls of the room, creating a strange dreamlike atmosphere that sparks thought and curiosity.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.jasminelcrisp.com

ROOM 106: CITY SCAPE

ARTIST: THOMAS BUCHANAN

My Paintings explores the built environment and questions our (my) own conquering consumption of the world. They are multilayered depiction of a cities and landscapes, which incorporates residual memories of archeological history of place. They explore the strange beauty and sense of alienation which comes from these urban environments. Leading to questions of how we, as humans, inhabit the infinite, built landscape and how I place myself in this ever changing world.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.instagram.com/thombuchanan/

ROOM 107: SEEDS OF LIFE

ARTIST: VANS THE OMEGA

Roughly based in Adelaide Australia, Vans the Omega (aka Joel Van Moore) has been creating & painting letterforms for over two decades, which has seen him, travel around the globe consistently since 2000. Most of his influences have come from ancient scripts, architecture, engineering, nature & the idea of movement or balance.

Currently the mix of sharp highly technical machine like shapes, seemingly impossible patterns mixed with a traditional graffiti aesthetic based on sound foundations are blending to produce new innovative works which continue to push the boundaries on a world scale & propel his own desires to reinvent & perfect his craft on a daily level.

The abstract shapes of this piece incorporate the initial cell division of the human body in the womb and the subsequent rippling division & changes in form held by sacred geometry out into the exterior of wall and ceiling. The choice in colour pallet is strongly influenced by the idea of the living creative elements of fire, wind, water and earth.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://vanstheomega.com/

ROOM 108: UNTITLED

ARTIST: GABRIEL COLE

There is no one gesture or answer to the idea of creation and creativity. Thinking of creation with an art dependency is naïve. Creation is an energy; a moving force. An energy in a step, in a brush stroke, in a masterpiece of visual muse, or perhaps your Braun ABK 31 clock. Creation consumes movements that are gestured from within, a connection to a greater force, a possible religion of some kind but never specific.

ROOM 109: UNTITLED

ARTIST: KATE GAGLIARDI

Inspired by the human figure, Kate Gagliardi’s mixed media works and street art offer a dynamic modern twist to figuration. She transports her stylised subjects into a realm of the imagination where she captures intimate gazes in visual snapshots.

Originating from Adelaide and now based in Melbourne, Gagliardi has exhibited interstate and internationally. She has illustrated for Collect Magazine, Champfest Magazine and has been featured in the Semi Permanent publications.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://ok-gag.blogspot.com.au/

ROOM 110: FOOTY

ARTIST: SARAH MOLLER

Artist’s statement: Footy: a game where an unlikely mix of individuals come together for a few hours to communally experience elation, desperation, jubilation and desolation. At the end, half go home happy, while the other half leave cheated, disappointed, glum. In creating this art room, I have sought to capture the energy, movement and excitement of a Showdown at the Adelaide Oval. Focusing on the crowd, the players and the iconic setting, I hope to transport guests to the roaring clamour, tension and emotion of the desperate fight to the final siren.

About the artist:
Sarah Moller is an Adelaide-based artist who uses the medium of painting to explore the movement of the crowd. Specialising in large-scale oil paintings, she has had numerous solo exhibitions over the past ten years, including creating a body of work for the Audi Stadium Club at the Adelaide Oval. Sarah holds a doctorate in Visual Arts and trained in Australia and Germany.

ARTIST WEBSITE:https://www.sarahmoller.com/

ROOM 111: TREE: SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS

ARTIST: TIFFANY RYSDALE

Tiffany Rysdale was born in Scotland, UK in 1986. Her family migrated to Adelaide in 1994 where she currently resides. She works as a freelance artist frequently showing in exhibitions and working on public artworks. A recent Bachelor graduate of Visual Arts and Applied Design, she was selected to exhibit in the 2011 Helpmann Academy Graduate Show.

Her artworks are imaginative, often toying with and exploring a narrative. She designs and hand-makes soft toys, which are then brought to life on canvas, depicted as living creatures in her paintings.

The techniques incorporated in her art practice differs depending on the media used. Paintings are prepared on Belgian linen or canvas and painted with oils. Small-scale brushwork is applied for fabric pattern detail, along with blending and glazing techniques. She often documents murals and wall paintings in time-lapse photography to illustrate the process of painting and to capture the moment the piece comes to life on film.

My fantastical characters inhabit a world of pure imagination and creativity- and hence are a creation. As an artist I am a creator. I design characters, which have then evolved into 3D creations and come to life depicted as living creatures in my artworks.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.tiffanyrysdale.com

ROOM 112: UNTITLED

ARTIST: LISA KING

Describes herself as a low brow artist that injects elements of street culture by using decks, longboards and other alternative mediums as her preferred canvases. Combining subtle and soft oil painting techniques and drawings with the rawness of these canvases really allows her to add a female voice to the low-brow art movement. She see’s herself as an ethnologist within the fanciful society in which her work exists. Works that signifies a strong sense of series, with each character exuberating lost cultures, innocence and escapism with fashion and costume as a way to formulate their individuality.

Her background comes from several foundations of art and design and the major role of being a self-taught creative. She started her Industry experience as a curator for several years at Gallery “Paperhorse Studios” before retiring to the role of as a full time artist. She currently lives and exhibits in Adelaide, but is hoping to tackle the rest of Australia and overseas in 2012.

A form, an idealism, in touch or perhaps in thought. From the conscious to the sub-conscious of innate expression and or manifestation. The process of creation in my work comes from my consciousness and expression. Whether it be a single painting or a site specific installation I work towards a positive reaction and interaction from and within the viewer’s eyes. My mural work is based on the objectivity to create an installation in which people can walk into and instantly feel like they are in an exclusive and fun environment. In my style I bring a world of character, colour and fantastical story telling with a strong influence of design aesthetics and form.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.instagram.com/artoflisaking/

ROOM 113: CREATION

ARTIST: ELIZABETH WOJCIAK

Elizabeth was born in Poland, and after extensive travelling moved to Australia in the early 1980s, eventually settling in Adelaide. She studied at the Adelaide Centre for the Arts and graduated with a Bachelor of Visual Arts and Applied Design in 2004, majoring in painting and receiving an Outstanding Academic Achievement Award. Since her studies, Elizabeth has received several awards including the 2004 MinterEllison Lawyers Rising Star Award and the Art Stretchers Award for Highest Achievement in Painting in 2005. Elizabeth has also been selected to exhibit in the Waterhouse Natural History Art Prize, represented ACArt Adelaide at PICA in Perth, WA, and is included in several national and international private collections. Her first solo exhibition in 2008, Recent Works, demonstrated Elizabeth’s expressive and intuitive approach to painting.

When I think of word ‘creation’ so many things came to my mind that I simply have to go back to basics and look into a dictionary. So there it is one of the versions which relate to me the best:

cre·a·tion | /krē’āSH’en | noun: A thing made or invented, esp. something showing artistic talent.

But there is more because the act of simply creating a painting is not enough when it comes to my large, figurative paintings. I am aiming to generate a specific mood which is a very important element of my work. To do so I use selective colours, materials, distortions and objects to create an aura of mystery and wander. I like to leave for a viewer limitless possibility of interpretation.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://elizabethwojciak.com/

ROOM 114: UNTITLED

ARTIST: STEFAN BRUNEDER

I was born in Austria in the last century and now live in Australia. My German humor enables me to be silly, ironic and dead serious at the same time. I listen to music while I paint. Beethoven piano sonatas have proven to work best. I can also recommend Captain Beefheart (a brilliant painter in his own right).

Art has always intrigued and inspired me since early childhood. If I had the means I would definitely be an art collector. The process of producing artwork never ceases to amaze me. Although much thought and a fair deal of skill goes into my art, while working I still feel like a medium for something beyond my perception.

Consequently I fancy seeing myself as a modern day hoodoo medicine man.

The theme creation embraces everything that makes art so fascinating to me. To the contemporary art historian or curator the simple fact that artists enjoy the absolute empowerment that lies in creating something out of nothing seems to be too banal to be worth mentioning. I very often draw without specific outcomes in my head and the less I try to intellectually control the process the better the chances for outstanding results will be. For the experienced artist “mindless doodling” becomes a serious challenge, because one has to practice to unlearn how to walk safe, well trodden paths. This process is best described by comparing it to free improvisation in music. The artist cannot avoid working within their cultural heritage at any time and consequently a personal handwriting will always be apparent, but risk taking and questioning oneself will lead to results that directly tap the individual’s creative resources.

ROOM 115: SYMBOL ALPHABET

ARTIST: SHANE MANKITYA COOK

Shane Mankitya Cook is an emerging Indigenous aerosol artist based in Adelaide. He has created a unique body of work that combines contemporary media with traditional design. His first solo show ‘My Time Dreaming’ was held in June 2013.The Aboriginal symbol alphabet show in the pictures was created by myself and a Kaurna language teacher by the name of Jack Buckskin. The symbols shown in the photos have there own meanings in different tribes around Australia. I’m used these symbols to create my own alphabet. Each symbol represents a letter that has some reference to what the symbol actually means to the Aboriginal people all around Australia.

ROOM 116: AME-NO-NUBOKO

ARTIST: TREE HOUSE PROJECTS

Tree House Projects (T.H.Pro) was founded by Matt Stuckey and Joel van der Knaap with the specific goal of helping emerging creators, producers and unique retailers present themselves at a competitive, international standard. We draw on our experience in advertising, exhibiting and curating to create thoughtful campaigns and experiential events, tailored to inspire and motivate audiences.

A take on the Japanese story of the creation of the first land this image depicts the divine being Izanami. The first gods Kunitokotachi and Amenominakanushi had summoned two divine beings into existence, the male Izanagi and the female Izanami, and charged them with creating the first land. To help them do this, Izanagi and Izanami were given a spear decorated with jewels, named Ame-no-nuboko (heavenly spear). The two deities then went to the bridge between heaven and earth, Ame-no-ukihashi (“floating bridge of heaven”), and churned the sea below with the spear. When drops of salty water fell from the spear, Onogoroshima (“self-forming island”) was created. They descended from the bridge of heaven and made their home on the island. From their union were born the great eight islands of Japan.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://befriendly.net/

ROOM 117: UNTITLED

ARTIST: SKETCHES & SKENGS

25 year old single line artist, Sketches & Skengs (aka Jack Devereux) wants the process of creating the art to be as important as the work itself.
“I started exploring with single line art in 2016. Inspired by the simplicity and power in the late works of Picasso or Matisse, I want my art to be like a hip hop freestyle ~ quick, vulnerable to mistakes, engaging with the crowd and devoid of any second thought on my part. To work with intuition and being OK with the end result”.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://jack-devereux.com/

ROOM 118: EVOLUTION (EASY ACCESS ROOM)

ARTIST: GTUZ

gTuz (gee~Tuzz) Greg Turra, Adelaide Hills born and raised illustrator, with a passion for his family, bikes, skateboarding & skate graphics.

The theme was creation so I’ve gone down the road of evolution versus creationist theory. Hence and Chimp and God facing off in a battle-of-wills, winner-takes-all game of chess!

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.behance.net/gTuz

ROOM 201: HAND-SHAKABILITY (EASY ACCESS ROOM)

ARTIST: JOSHUA SEARSON

Josh is a practicing visual artist based in Adelaide, South Australia. His work incorporates printmaking mediums such as screenprinting, etching, drypoint and mono-print, often in combination with non-print media. Through his work he creates collages and collections of disparate images and texts, which deal with a variety of themes and concepts.

The themes of the painting are created in response to the evolving definition of the contemporary Australian worker and workplace; in recent years, we have witnessed a shift away from the traditional nine-til-five grind. In these hectic times, the modern worker must possess seemingly super-human levels of flexibility and creativity, combined with good ol’ fashioned hard work and hand-shakability, in order to conquer his or her chosen field. When the smoke clears from the rubble of mal-functioning smart phones and coffee-stained diaries, we acknowledge the creation of enterprises, and even entire industries, forged by these hard-working entrepreneurial business men and women.

ROOM 202: UNTITLED

ARTIST: DATSUN TRAN

FROM THE MARKETING & SALES MANAGER AND THE CURATOR.

Enigma. Splits his time between Adelaide, Melbourne and Byron Bay and assists David Bromley and has an intriguing website.

FROM DAVID BROMLEY:

I am not quite sure what to say or how to portray Datsun and the main reason for this is he carries himself with such gentle humility and he’s such a self contained, self reliant individual – no artistic pretensions, actually no pretentions full stop. But watch out, underneath beats the heart of a lion, man he can work, commit, challenge and educate himself. Underneath that mild exterior beats the drum and really has its own rhythm.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.datsuntran.com

ROOM 203: THE SHAPES OF OUR MUTUAL DREAMS

ARTIST: JAKE HOLMES

Screenprinter, illustrator, ideasman.

Inspired by two of my favourite scientists; Carl Sagan and Neil Degrasse Tyson, this piece aims to represent some of the ideas they have both discussed about our place within the cosmos. Particularly making reference to our close biological relationship to the stars, which created our conscious matter. Using 3D forms spawning from one another and all connected to one another.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.jakeholmesart.com

ROOM 204: MR. SANDMAN

ARTIST: TRISTAN KERR

Tristan Kerr graduated Visual Communication at University of South Australia in 2006. Since graduating he worked in Switzerland as a stagiaire de Serigraphie (Screen-Print apprentice). Here he discovered an appreciation for typography and the hand-made, which has now become a major inspiration for the basis of his personal work. After moving to Paris later in 2011 to work in design, he became absorbed by the historical Sign-painted and gold-leaf gilded store fronts. The traditional hand painted craft of Sign-Painting is now a large part of his work which he practices today.

My take on the theme creation is based on how sleep influences creativity.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.tristankerr.com.au

ROOM 205: THE SHAPE OF OUR MUTUAL DREAMS

ARTIST: GARY SEAMAN

Gary Seaman is an Artist and Graphic Designer from Adelaide. Using his design education as a base, Gary has expanded his skills in numerous mediums including aerosol, sculpture, screen printing and mixed media painting. Gary has numerous works around Adelaide from street murals to sculptural installations.

ARTIST WEBSITE: https://www.instagram.com/goldensilver

ROOM 206: PEACE

ARTIST: MATTHEW STUCKEY

Matthew Stuckey is an artist and designer who works across many disciplines and media. His commercial and personal work often deals with the subject of how to utilise and humanise spaces, be they a flat canvas, a wall or the 3D built environment. Other murals by Matthew can currently be seen on Leigh Street, Ebenezer Place and Sym Choon Lane. Matthew has painted two rooms at the Minima Hotel and is the curator for the Minima Art Hotel Project.

Make Love, Not Snore. Peace.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://befriendly.net

ROOM 207: SOMEWHERE ALONG THE WAY

ARTIST: ANKLES

Ankles is waiting for you in your car. Ankles is in your pockets. Ankles is running through your veins. Ankles is naive. Ankles is good for your liver. Ankles is the war on boredom. Ankles is omnipotent. Ankles is flawed.

ROOM 208: UNTITLED

ARTIST: KAB101

Locally born and bred artist Kab101 has long served as a figurehead of the Adelaide graffiti community, an internationally renowned artist of unique style and precision. As an artist of unique style and precision he has continued to innovate, invigorate and evolve his work beyond the expectations of canvas and medium. He is a figurehead of considerable influence, impacting on both the traditions of his art form and the aesthetic appreciations of the wider public.

ROOM 209: UNTITLED

ARTIST: ASHLEIGH ABBOTT

Ashleigh Abbott has a penchant towards creating visuals of life and emotions from geometric forms and vibrant colour. Inspired by life’s simple pleasures like colour, shapes and her environment, she looks at the world as if through a kaleidoscope and reassemble the colourful pieces she see and feel into creations that celebrate happiness, fun, love, connection and new possibilities.

ROOM 210: KUMO

ARTIST: MATT STUCKEY

Matthew Stuckey is an artist and designer who works across many disciplines and media. His commercial and personal work often deals with the subject of how to utilise and humanise spaces, be they a flat canvas, a wall or the 3D built environment. Other murals by Matthew can currently be seen on Leigh Street, Ebenezer Place and Sym Choon Lane. Matthew has painted two rooms at the Minima Hotel and is the curator for the Minima Art Hotel Project.

This abstract pattern evolves in form and meaning each time I paint it. I began using these minimalist shapes after attending an exhibition of Japanese Byubo screens (Kumo = cloud in Japanese); where simple, elongated cloud shapes were used to fill the space between small sections of intricate detail. The clouds were originally only a background element in my illustrations, but I found I enjoyed the challenge of using such a basic shape to create an interesting composition more so than presenting overtly literal or figurative images. I prefer to create an image which is, like a cloud; simple, dynamic, abstract and impossible to contain … allowing every viewer to project their own interpretation and hence make it a creation of their own.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://befriendly.net

ROOM 211: UNTITLED

ARTIST: BEYOND KILLA

In the beginning God created heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form or void. And then God did say: let there be Beyond Killa. And there was Beyond Killa. And with epic steez God instagrammed his masterpiece without any need for a filter. And the people of earth did vibe and rejoice. And when all was done God did kick his feet back, to sip Alize from the bottle and relish in the marvel of his creation.

ROOM 212: THE DREAMER

ARTIST: JOEL VDK

Joel VDK is an illustrator and designer who is obsessed with b&w drawings, second-hand comics and snacks.

This piece represents the creative subconscious, manifested through our dreams.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://cargocollective.com/joelvdk

ROOM 213: IN DREAMS

ARTIST: SUE NINHAM

Sue Ninham is an Adelaide based artist who has been exhibiting since 2002. Painting in oil on canvas and watercolour on paper primarily, her work explores form and colour through abstraction. She finds the process of non-representation challenging, stimulating her intellectually. Working continuously to experiment with content, materials and technique, she believes her work is enriched by the confidence gained from abandonment and experimentation.

Sue is the winner of the 2012 Adelaide Fringe poster award. Her work is held in collections nationally and internationally.

Sue is represented in Adelaide by BMG art gallery bmgart.com.au

When I paint I draw my forms and colours from a subconscious place. Much of what I ‘see’ is dreamlike and relates loosely to my conscious world. In responding to the theme of ‘creation’ I conjured images in this way, collaging them together using other-world colours and random associations. A fantasy bedroom is born!

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.sueninham.com

ROOM 214: HILLS HOIST

ARTIST: DONOVAN CHRISTIE

Donovan Christie is a young emerging acrylic artist, his main body of work generally consists of Hyper-Realism Streetscapes and Landmarks, mainly focusing on the iconic corners of his hometown Adelaide.I so frequently find myself standing still and appreciating things that people take for granted in life. This outlook makes me an avid admirer of people, architecture and urban landscapes in particular. I was given the subject of ‘CREATE’. I approached this topic as I do most of my pieces of work, with a home town (Adelaide) aspect. I felt that the ‘Hills Hoist’ (one of South Australia’s most iconic creations) along with the Colour bond steel fencing and galvo roofs, that nothing could ring truer to home.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.donovanchristie.com

ROOM 215: WAKE UP

ARTIST: DAN WITHEY

Dan Withey originally from Birmingham, England, emigrated to Australia in 2004 and now resides in Adelaide, where he studied at the University of South Australia and obtained a Bachelor in Visual Communication.

While on the course he specialized in illustration, he then decided to become an artist. He taught him self to paint and with that had his first show and continues to paint six years later, with 17 successful solo shows around Australia to date.

This prolific artist is one to watch out for, Withey is the very embodiment of the work he creates, with eccentric characters and an eye catching instinctive use of colour. His intuitive work comes from the world around him, from direct life experiences and the things that seep into Dans daily life. He is part of the art, and the art is part of him, and if you have met Dan this is clear to see.

Creativity as is explored through the concept of a new day and what you can create from a fresh start.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://danwithey.com

ROOM 216: UNTITLED

ARTIST: KASPAR SCHMIDT-MUMM

Creation = imagination of a dream = rearrangement and destruction = gamma rays bouncing off your screen, creating your realization of this introduction = the result of gears in a machine = a giant heap of cow dung’s shade of green = or the left eyebrow of Mr.Bean. Creativity has no exclusivity, whether you’re sitting silently in a guava tree, or building a 1:1 scale sculpture of mercury, its all creativity. It seeps out of us, unnoticed, and is replaced by something un-noted. Like a dogs pre-chewed bone, carried by a roach on his gas pipe throne. It’s hitting a pine cone, which reverberates sounds like a xylophone. The point is, there is so much creation gone unnoticed. To the point where observation of creativity can be complete ‘Hocus Pocus’. Kaspar’s work is based on the creation of objects that are not visible. The visualization of sound, the linking of unconnected objects and representation of freedom within creation, magical realism.

ARTIST WEBSITE: http://www.kasparschmidtmumm.com

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