19 Jun Nadia Odlum
‘All possible combinations’ was commissioned by Kaldor Public Art Projects for the Kaldor Studio, a dedicated education and learning space in the major retrospective exhibition Making art public: 50 years of Kaldor Public Art Projects at the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney.
Featuring an interactive explosion of colours and shapes, this work drew inspiration from the work of conceptual artist Sol LeWitt’s two Kaldor Public Art Projects, staged in Australia in 1977 and 1998. ‘All possible combinations’ contained one hundred large wooden blocks in six vibrant colours, moveable angled mirrors and a spatially disruptive black line. Audiences were invited to reconfigure the work, engaging in a puzzle with endless solutions. Over the course of one month hundreds of visitors played with the blocks to create new colourful shapes and patterns.
Following the completion of this project Odlum undertook a one month residency at the Megalo Print Studio in Canberra. Here she used documentation of patterns created by visitors to ‘All Possible Combinations’ as the inspiration for a series of screen prints. These works added a new dimension to this audience-artist collaboration, as Odlum experimented with screen printing processes to create new colours and overlays.
Nadia Odlum is an emerging artist and researcher from Sydney, Australia. Her work explores the perceptual experience of navigation within urban and architectural environments. In particular, she is interested in the connections between vision and movement in perception, and the way the various sensorimotor capacities of the body impact on our understanding of and feelings within physical space. Her practice spans drawing, painting, sculpture, and installation.
Nadia completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) at the National Art School in 2012, graduating with First Class Honours and the Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement. In 2016 she completed a Master of Fine Arts by research at UNSW Art & Design, for which she was a recipient of the Australian Postgraduate Award. She has presented work at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the New York Transit Museum, The Murray Art Museum in Albury, Artspace, Firstdraft and Penrith Regional Gallery. She has completed residencies at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, The Wassaic Project in New York and Parramatta Artists Studios in Sydney. She is a current artist in residence at Parramatta Artists Studios.
Photo: Walker Esner