Play is a word that serves to describe Melbourne-based artist Adam Osemrs’ artwork well. So it’s fitting, then, that his new show, which is the visual embodiment of playfulness, be called Pretend Play.
In his latest solo outing, Osemrs aims to reawaken the imaginative play that occupies us in childhood. By exploring intuitive creativity through the process of mark making, Osemrs’ riotously bright, fun, and free works subvert the idea that growing up means losing our childhood sense of freedom of imagination and play to the expectations of adulthood.
So, before you head on down to Off the Kerb to check out Pretend Play, get to know Adam Osemrs:
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your background.
Hi, I’m Adam. I am a Melbourne-based visual artist with a multidisciplinary art practice.
I am currently studying a BA of Fine Art, which is constantly pushing me to develop my style and concepts.
What made you realise you wanted to become an artist?
That I could not stand doing maths in high school so, after school ended, it made sense to pursue something creative.
How would you describe your art?
Colourful and Abstract.
Tell us about ‘Pretend Play’.
The concept of ‘Pretend Play’ is to exhibit a body of artworks that reawaken the creative freedom I had as a child. I had all the creative freedom and imagination to play pretend.
This body of work is intended to create a connection back to the creative freedom I had in my childhood.
If you could tell people three things about ‘Pretend Play’, what would they be?
The show is upstairs.
No goldfish were ever harmed. (refer to next question)
Do you have a favourite piece from the collection?
The painting called ‘My goldfish ate gummy worms’, mainly due to the title.
Where do you find your inspiration?
In numerous different places. From daily ongoings, my imagination, movies, books, music and influences from experiences I have.
What does the future hold? Where do you see yourself in five years?
The next few months will be spent finishing uni and looking forward to summer.
In five years—who knows? Hopefully still making art, in some form.
What are you working on now, and what’s up next?
I am working on creating edition lithographs, as well looking for the opportunity to paint some large scale murals later this year. Please get in contact if you have any walls!
Favourite place, city, or spot:
New York City.
A must watch (TV/film/video), read (book/essay/website), or listen (podcast/album/song):
Adam Osemrs upcoming solo show Pretend Play opens at Off the Kerb Gallery on Friday, July 28, from 6 ‘till 9 pm. The show will run from July 27 through August 10.
Off the Kerb is located at 66B Johnston Street, Collingwood. The gallery is open from 12:30 pm to 6 pm Thursday — Friday and 12 pm to 5 pm on Saturday & Sunday. You can find more information about the gallery at their website.
You can find and follow Adam Osemrs on Instagram.