At a time where the physical world is increasingly being compressed, transmitted and experienced digitally, Tom Borgas’ art practice is concerned with drawing attention to this shift through its reverse– by presenting the aesthetic and structural motifs of digital technology as actual objects in real space.
Foundational sculptural but extending to across a range of disciplines, Borgas’ work has been exhibited at shows and galleries around Australia including the Contemporary Arts Centre of South Australia, The Jam Factory, Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart, FELTspace ARI, Hatched 2013 and PICA Salon 2014. He the recipient of a number of awards, prizes including an the NAVA Ignition Prize for professional practice, the Hill Smith Gallery/Helpmann Academy Friends Travel Prize and the 2015 Lismore Regional Gallery Splendour in the Grass New Art Commission. His practice is also supported through contributions from the Australia Council for the Arts, Arts SA and the Helpmann Academy.
In 2015 he participated as artist in residence at the Bienal de Cerveira, Portugal’s longest running visual arts biennial.
Tom is currently based in Adelaide South Australia and is represented by Hill Smith Gallery.
University of South Australia, Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours- First class)
Adelaide College of the Arts, Bachelor of Visual Arts (sculpture major)
University of South Australia, Bachelor of Education (Secondary Art/Design)
Selected Group Exhibitions
Hands On– Julien Scheffer and Tom Borgas, Sidespace Gallery, Salamanca Art Centre Hobart
'New Dimensions', Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
Built Constructs, Adelaide Town Hall
PICA Salon 2014, PICA Perth
Arcadia, SALA, Centennial, Park Adelaide
FeltMaps, temporary public art program, Port Adelaide
Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 2014, Drill Hall, Adelaide
Work in Progress - Tom Borgas and Zoe Kirkwood, The Mill, Adelaide
Full Circle, Bachelor of Visual Arts graduate exhibition, University of South Australia, Adelaide
I Can’t Forget This Time and Place- One Night Sculpture ‘13, Liverpool Street Gallery, University of South Australia, Adelaide
Hatched National Graduate Exhibition, PICA, Perth
Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 2013, Drill Hall, Adelaide
Flashpoint, Light Square Gallery, Adelaide
Selected Works, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
SPACE/LIGHT, The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide
Postdigital Fragments, Hill Smith Gallery, Adelaide
Riparian Artefacts, CACSA Projects Space, Adelaide