Orange Heart Gallery
Gallery Location: Level 1, Zone E – Samuel Way walkway, on the way to the Volunteer’s Office.
Artist name(s): Tyler Mario
Exhibition Dates: 5 October – 30 November 2018.
Image Credit: Tyler Mario – Dr. Mario (shrug)
You might usually find Tyler Mario’s cheerful mosaic works peeping out of Adelaide laneways, or in carpark blocks as he often exhibits in the urban environment. For this exhibition, Tyler present a collection of Dr Mario’s fighting cheeky germs for patients and visitors to enjoy.
Hi everybody! I’m Mario. How’s it going? Over the past few years, I’ve been involved in some pretty wild adventures. Now, believe it or not, I work in the virus lab at the Woman’s and Children’s Hospital. Today I’m about to begin my research as usual….
“Dr. Mario, something terrible has happened!”
“What’s wrong, Nurse Toadstool?”
“One of the experiments has gone out of control. The viruses are spreading quickly!”
“Oh No! We’ve got to do something! I have just developed a new vitamin that should be able to take care of it. I sure hope this stuff works!”
As a very unwell child, Tyler spent many months in the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and only recently revisited for the life-changing birth of his daughter. During the recovery of Tyler’s family, he sought comfort in the hospital’s gallery spaces; where he recognised the impact that finding some fun can have during stressful times.
Tyler’s often nostalgic pixelated images intersect with both personal and collective social history, finding inspiration from pop culture and retro 8-bit computer games such as Nintendo, Mega Man and of course Super Mario Bro’s. These artworks are carefully created using the humble mosaic tile utilising a limited colour palette, some larger scale works can see the use of up to 15,000 tiles. Tyler’s signature style means his work is instantly recognisable and have brought to life brought many of Adelaide’s walls including public art commissions for Adelaide Fringe Festival, Adelaide City Council, Royal Adelaide Show, City of Prospect and the Department of Transport and Infrastructure.
Tyler also exhibits regularly in local gallery spaces. To keep up to date on Tyler’s practice, check out his Instagram page.
‘Et Pacem invenies In Hortos’ – I find peace in their gardens
Also exhibiting in the Orange Heart Gallery is ‘Et pacem invenies In Hortos’ – I find peace in their gardens, featuring photography by Joseph Akot.
A member of WCHN Youth Advisory Group, Joseph has taken ten moving photographs of the South Australia’s natural environment evoking reflection.
‘The distractions to our destination-the vibrant colours of all types help us cope with knowing our journey is close to over breathing in the fresh air, stuck in the moment the path of life is full of beautiful chaos.”
This exhibition recognises Mental Health Week.