Adam John Cullen | ghost

2 February to 9 March 2019


Sarah Scout Presents is delighted to announce ghost, a solo exhibition by Adam John  Cullen.

Adam John Cullen is interested in the histories of found objects. His installation-based practice employs an archaeological methodology, exploring themes of commodity and exchange and the ways in which objects and materials might transform over time. Aspects of personal memory, culture, history, and economic and political relations are often revealed in Cullen’s work through ephemera and personal objects (including those of family and friends) that he has accumulated over time and that constantly appear and re-appear throughout his works.


ghost comprises works made by Cullen, while undertaking residencies nationally and internationally over the past year, alongside work reflecting on those experiences. The materials used represent moments, places and personal histories of friends, peers, grandparents and the artist himself. As Cullen notes:


I don’t believe in ghosts – but I’ve seen a few. Over the past short while I’ve been haunted by people (dead and alive), by objects and artworks…but mostly by myself. While undertaking a residency in Taipei, isolation got the better of me, so I left, escaping to a prison island. In Hill End, I was sharing a cottage with someone I never saw, but I did see a man drink a pint of his own blood.



Melbourne-based Adam John Cullen completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at RMIT University in 2007 and Honours at Monash University in 2008. Cullen has curated and exhibited in various group shows, been in several prizes and held solo shows including: three dogs, Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei (2017); Primavera, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2017); Burnout, Alaska Projects, Sydney (2015); Settle, TCB Art Inc., Melbourne (2014); Lumped Together, West Space, Melbourne (2013). Cullen was a finalist in the 2015 Sidney Myer Australian Ceramics Award at Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). He has undertaken residencies in Taipei (Asialink, 2018), Hill End (Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, 2018) and Yogyakarta (KUNCI Cultural Studies Centre, 2012). Cullen held a Gertrude Contemporary studio residency from 2016-18 and participated in the TCB Art Inc board exchange with gallery Aperto in Montpellier (2016). His work is held in numerous private collections across Australia, Canada and in the collections of Deakin University and the Shepparton Art Museum.


Image: Adam John Cullen, detail of ‘wall’ 2019
Cast bricks, gifted materials, hydrostone, plaster, oxides
Photography: Christo Crocker

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