There’s something captivating about watching an artist at work: observing their technique, witnessing a blank canvas morph into something to be admired or studied. It’s also quite rare to have the chance to watch a work of art come to life in real-time. The Art Pod, a publicly visible space opposite the City of Adelaide’s Customer Centre at 25 Pirie Street, offers just that experience with its current exhibition, everyday.
Curated by Gabrielle Lane, everyday is a creation of the 2018 Emerging Curator’s program – a partnership between the City of Adelaide and Carclew. It features a large-scale mural by artist Jasmine Crisp and poetry by freelance storyteller Manal Younus, which runs across the Art Pod’s glass window.
Jasmine, who was recently awarded first prize in the Royal South Australian Society of Arts’ Youthscape Art Prize, has been gradually painting the mural every Thursday since 31 May – with her final sessions on Thursday 19 and Thursday 26 July.
“everyday is designed to draw attention to the poetry and curiosities observed during my daily motions of ‘to-ing’ and fro-ing’ whilst responding directly to the Adelaide city landscape and the commuters within it,” explained Jasmine.
“The collective of figures in the mural are characters for the ‘familiar strangers’ that are often encountered, passed by, and wondered about on the way to somewhere else.”
everyday is Jasmine’s first mural and she’s excited to be part of Adelaide’s thriving public art scene.
“Public art is not only a spectacle, but it can be inspiration, reassurance and even a socio-political statement. Cities with abundant street art are usually among the most visited in the world, and I must admit I’m one of many who travels overseas just to become immersed in cities rich with public art.”
And what of her somewhat ‘fish-bowl’ experience of creating her mural in the public eye?
“When I’m actively painting in the Art Pod I’ll frequently witness people stop in their tracks, wave hello, give the thumbs up, take photos and stay to watch for over 10 minutes,” said Jasmine.
“I’ve even had personal conversations and exchanged stories with chance members of the public. There have been classes of school children who have come through and asked questions or been inspired by what can be done in the Adelaide public art scene. Overall, it’s been an incredible demonstration of interest by a vast variety of people!”
Gabrielle Lane is one of two curators currently taking part in the 2018 Emerging Curator Program – a partnership which engages art graduates and emerging curators and supports them on their professional pathway.
“I’ve absolutely loved being able to curate a show for the Art Pod,” said Gabrielle. “It has such public visibility which means you can connect to audiences who may never enter a gallery. The program itself is well-supported, which means both artists and curators are recognised for their creative contributions.”
Gabrielle is motivated by the joy that public art brings into people’s lives, consciously and sub-consciously.
“Public art can have a very powerful impact on people’s sense of identity and locality. In this case, it’s creating a feeling of connectedness between themselves, others and their everyday lives,” said Gabrielle.
everyday, which will be exhibited until 3 September, is one of three Emerging Curator public exhibitions currently on show. Identity, curated by Carly Dodd featuring artists Wilson Adam, Jasmine Duong, Jack McBride, Mia Wanganeen and the curator herself, is on in the First Floor Gallery at the Adelaide Town Hall. Connection, also curated by Carly Dodd but featuring artists Mali Allen-Place, Rachel Anderson and Lawson Dodd, can be seen in the Mankurri-api Kuu – Reconciliation Room at the Adelaide Town Hall. Finally, Amanda Meadows’ performative work Seeing with Both Eyes is showing on the Breezeway screens just outside the Art Pod until 31 July 2018.
If you miss seeing Jasmine painting the everyday mural in person, you can watch the magic unfold through a time-lapse video. The footage will be shown on the Breezeway screens as a part of SALA Festival, from 1 August – 3 September 2018.