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When: 8 August – 14 November 2022
Where: Sir Ivor Hele Gallery, Royal Adelaide Hospital
Artist: Danny Jarratt

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Danny Jarratt, Cartridge (Blue Version), 2022, acrylic on computer cut MDF, 57 x 66cm. Image courtesy the artist.  

Danny Jarratt
8 August – 14 November 2022

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Cartridge explores memory with the intersection of abstract painting and video games. Through this work, Danny Jarratt aims to highlight the physical form of the video game cartridge and allow the viewer to reconsider the object for its beauty and its ability to hold, create and reactivate memory. 

The colourful and bright sculptural work appropriates the design language of 1990s Nintendo games and the consideration of 1960s geometric art. The work also features QR codes, which allow you to interact with the paintings in new ways—unlocking an archive of pre-internet artefacts.

Cartridge provides bright colourful paintings and retro-motifs to transport patrons and offer a moment of reprieve. I want to recreate that feeling of video game escapism in the RAH using these paintings.  

-Danny Jarratt, 2022 


Danny Jarratt (b. 1990. Kaurna Land, Adelaide) is an emerging queer artist exploring the intersection of queer theory, video games and painting. His work reflects a keen interest in the transformative nature of video games and their ability to create new spaces. Informed by his own queer experience, he explores the idea that video games can create queer counterpublics that disrupt heteronormative expectations. He graduated from the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Art & Design (Honours). He has exhibited locally at FELTspace, MOD., Praxis Artspace, Fontanelle Gallery and The Adelaide Festival Theatre, and interstate at Seventh Gallery, Victoria. 
This exhibition was presented as part of SALA Festival.