Adler studied Industrial Design at the University of New South Wales (Hons I, 2017) and completed a minor in Sustainable Design Engineering at Delft Technical University in The Netherlands (2016).
In 2018, whilst working as a project manager and industrial designer for a Sydney-based metal fabrication company, Adler submitted a concept for a community-driven sculpture for Mount Sinai College. The school chose his concept, ‘Tree of Life’ and commissioned Adler to design and manage the fabrication and installation of the work later that year.
In early 2019, Adler submitted a proposal for Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi. His periscope-like sculpture titled 'Viewfinder' was chosen for the exhibition, and Adler was mentored by Sydney artist Chris Fox as part of the Clitheroe Foundation Mentorship Program. With Fox's guidance, Adler installed 'Viewfinder' at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, where it won the People's Choice Prize, the Kids' Choice Prize, and the Artist's Pick Award.
In February 2021, Viewfinder was relocated to Lighthouse Reserve on permanent loan to Woollahra Council. In March of the same year, Adler exhibited ‘Sensor’ at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe.
In June 2021, Adler was commissioned to create ‘Tides’, a sculpture using material from the historic Batemans Bay Bridge.
In 2022, Adler installed ‘The Wings of Our Angels’, a collaboration with Aunty Nancy Long at The Wayside Chapel.
Adler’s disco-ball installation ‘Lens’ was awarded the Kid’s Choice Award at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi.
Joel Adler is currently working on several public and private sculpture and industrial design commissions.
Photos by Brady Winrob