Alex Seton - Permanent Good Stream Some Rocks
Using memories of unreliable family lore as a starting point, Alex Seton’s new exhibition Permanent Good Stream, Some Rocks reflects upon the fragility of memory as well as the dangers and distortions of reconstructing it.
Permanent Good Stream, Some Rocks walks many seemingly contradictory paths in the course of telling its story, but none more strange than the workings of our own minds. Enjoy the journey, this exhibition is now open in the gallery and online in our viewing room.
2022 Annual Summer Group Show
Our much anticipated annual Summer group show is now open. Featuring a curated selection of recent works by our artists, this exhibition is on now in the gallery and in our online Viewing Room.
Until January 29.
Summer Issue Out now
Our Summer magazine issue is our biggest yet, featuring Joanna Lamb, Tim Silver, Barbara Cleveland, Julia Gutman, Michel Zavros, Kanchana Gupta and Naminapu Maymuru-White. There is also a great discussion piece with Alex Seton on the sustainable side of his art practice.
Alex Seton wins Sovereign Art Prize
The 2020 Sovereign Asian Art Prize:
Winners Announced, Alex Seton Named Grand Prize Winner
Hong Kong – The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) today announced Australian artist Alex Seton as winner of The 2020 Sovereign Asian Art Prize and US$30,000 for his work, Oilstone 05_Corrosion (2019), a chemically-transformed marble sculpture resembling a Yamaha boat engine. The Prize is the 16th edition of Asia’s longest established and most prestigious award for contemporary art.
Saba Qizilbash, of Pakistan, and Made Wiguna Valasara, of Indonesia, are awarded The Vogue Hong Kong Women’s Art Prize of US$5,000, and The Public Vote Prize of US$1,000, respectively, for their works Inbezelment, an installation of detailed graphite drawings on mylar paper, and Daily parade, a hand-stitched, embossed canvas evocative of traditional Balinese painting.
Winner Alex Seton is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, photography, video and installation, but is best known for his use of marble carving: playing with, inverting and exaggerating techniques of classical statuary and monument to create works that reflect on the contemporary world. Oilstone 05_Corrosion (2019) presents a resolutely man-made object, rendered in white statuary marble with a geological age of 200 million years, deliberately smashed, reassembled and prematurely aged with hydrochloric acid. By accelerating the natural process of corrosion, Seton recontextualises the material’s natural history, challenging its status as resolute, linear and unchangeable.
Alex was nominated into The Prize by curator, researcher, and academic, Dr Mikala Tai, Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art in Sydney.
Seton said of his win:
“What a brilliant surprise! Thank you to The Sovereign Art Foundation for this honour and of course an enormous thank you to the brilliant Mikala Tai for nominating me. Without curator advocates like Mikala it’s almost impossible to stand out in the wonderful roar of contemporary art now. This year’s field of artists have my admiration and heartfelt congratulations for their bold and sensitive works, and I’m proud to show alongside them together as artists of the Asia- Pacific region. It is after all, where all the most exciting art is being made now.”
88 independent art professionals from across Asia Pacific nominated mid-career artists from 26 countries into the Prize, with a total of 611 entries received. The 31 finalists from 18 countries and territories were shortlisted by a judging panel including writer, curator, museum director David Elliott; Jan Dalley, Arts Editor of the Financial Times; Jiyoon Lee, art historian, curator, writer and consultant; artist and professor Miao Xiaochun; and esteemed artist Zhou Li. A Hong Kong-based panel comprised of architect, artist, collector and educator William Lim; Executive Director of Asia Society, Alice Mong; and Elaine Lin, Head of Collections at Asia Art Archive, weighed in with scores from the Finalists Exhibition, which were aggregated with those of the international panel to determine the final winners.
The Finalists Exhibition is presented at K11 HACC, K11 ATELIER King’s Road in Quarry Bay from 6 June – 19 July 2020. The six-week duration, together with a virtual tour, serve to make the exhibition as accessible as possible despite restrictions imposed by the spread of COVID-19.
All shortlisted artworks, except Seton’s, are being auctioned online at saapauction.com, with proceeds being split evenly between the artists and SAF’s charitable projects.
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Nangang Exhibition Centre, Taipei
17 – 19 January
Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to attend the second annual Taipei Dangdai international art fair this week to present works by Australian ceramicist Kirsten Coelho, multidisciplinary Australian artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Indonesian-based artist and industrial printmaker Irfan Hendrian, Singapore-based mixed media artist Kanchana Gupta, Australian multidisciplinary artist Alex Seton and Australian sculptor Sam Jinks.
Taipei Dangdai brings together a selection of the world’s leading galleries and artists, selected by a committee of international gallerists, alongside influential thinkers from a wide range of disciplines, including archaeology, art history and technology.
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Sullivan+Strumpf | Singapore
22 November - 22 December 2019
Sullivan+Strumpf is pleased to present Once There – a new solo exhibition by Australian multidisciplinary artist Alex Seton.
Seton’s second solo exhibition in Singapore, Once There is part of an ongoing series of works that sees a continuation of his distinguished study of marble carvings. This series foregrounds fabric as clothing and covering and examines its capacity as visual allegory of our common humanity and virtue.
SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2019
AT THE BOOTH
SULLIVAN+STRUMPF ARTIST TALKS
Saturday 14 September
12.00PM – 12.30PM
Booth E20, Sydney Contemporary
Join us for at our booth on Saturday to hear artists Karen Black, Gregory Hodge, Michael Lindeman, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Sanné Mestrom, Alex Seton, and Darren Sylvester discuss their works.
SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2019
Suspension Painting, 2019
Gregory Hodge's large-scale installation Suspension Painting incorporates a number of elements and motifs that Hodge has used in previous paintings, bringing them into a three-dimensional space. Large painted cut-outs on aluminium composite panel of gestural marks, folded drapery, painted textiles and sculptural geological forms are clustered together, suspended from the ceiling, appearing to hover in space. Suspension Painting will be located near the entrance to the fair.
In the large text-based sculpture titled and forming the word Thanks, Lindeman focuses on the repackaging of bad debt. Crafted from clear vinyl material hand cut into a disquieting, deflating three-dimensional font, the sculpture is filled with crumpled copies of rejection letters that Lindeman has collected for the past 20 years.
Winners are Grinners, 2018
Alex Seton's carved marble skull, Winners are Grinners is concerned with how we chose to deal with legacy. Despite living with the vast inheritance of 20th century ideas purported by philosophers, thinkers, politicians, dictators and influencers, it is we the living who get to decide the values we filter, represent and pass to the next generation.
12 – 15 September
Opening Night: Thursday, 12 September 2019
Visit us at Booth E20 to see a diverse range of works by 17 Australian and international artists from our Sydney and Singapore galleries, including:
Tony Albert | Glenn Barkley | Karen Black | Kirsten Coelho | Ry David Bradley | Maria Fernanda Cardoso | Gregory Hodge | Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran | Sam Leach | Richard Lewer | Michael Lindeman | Sanné Mestrom | Alex Seton | Jeremy Sharma | Tim Silver | Darren Sylvester | Yang Yongliang
Large-scale works by Gregory Hodge, Michael Lindeman and Alex Seton will also be featured in Installation Contemporary throughout the fair; Tony Albert will deliver his first performance piece in Sydney with Confessions as part of Performance Contemporary on opening night; and many of our artists will be speaking as part of Talks Contemporary.
MICHAEL LINDEMAN, EX DE MEDICI & ALEX SETON
Tweed Regional Gallery
6 September - 17 November 2019
Michael Lindeman, eX de Medici and Alex Seton are featured in Love at Tweed Regional Gallery in northern NSW. Opening today and on show until 17 November, the Love exhibition is an exploration of love in its multiple forms featuring works by a range of contemporary artists.
Where would we be without love? It’s no wonder they say that love makes the world go round! Artists, writers and musicians have referenced love in their work for centuries. Just think about all the images, words and lyrics about love we all know and have responded to.
ART JAKARTA 2019
30 August - 1 Sept 2019
VIP Preview: Friday, 30 August 2019, 1-6pm
Vernissage: Friday, 30 August 2019, 6-9pm
Public Fair Dates: Saturday & Sunday, 31 August - 1 September 2019
Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to participate in Art Jakarta 2019, with works by Kanchana Gupta, Dawn Ng, Irfan Hendrian, Lindy Lee and Alex Seton.
Sullivan+Strumpf presents Brisbane Brief
a pop-up exhibition in Brisbane
Festival House, 381 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Sullivan+Strumpf invites you to Brisbane Brief – a new pop-up exhibition at Festival House, Fortitude Valley.
Showing over 10 days, Brisbane Brief presents a selection of new and recent works by celebrated Brisbane artists Tony Albert, Karen Blackand Lindy Lee, as well as some of Australia’s leading contemporary artists, including Gregory Hodge, Alex Seton, Joanna Lamb, eX de Medici, Hiromi Tango, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Glenn Barkley, Sam Leach and Dane Lovett. As well as international artists Gonkar Gyatso and Eko Nugroho.
10am–5pm / Tuesday – Saturday
12pm–4pm / Sunday
ART BASEL HONG KONG 2019
29 - 31 March 2019
Hong Kong Exhibition & Convention Centre, Hong Kong, China
Galleries Section Booth 3C23
Encounters Section Booth EN12
Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2019 with a presentation of works by artists with diverse practices in both two and three dimensions, including Tony Albert (Booth EN12 Encounters Section), Sydney Ball, Lindy Lee, Sam Leach, I Nyoman Masriadi, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Alex Seton and Yang Yongliang.
The presentation includes some of the region's most exciting artists including a large-format painting by Indonesian-based I Nyoman Masriadi (b.1973, Gianyar, Bali). Masriadi’s practice combines superhuman figures with Indonesian cultural history, offering a biting social commentary on contemporary life and global pop culture. Created especially for ABHK 2019, Sri Lankan-born, Sydney-based artist Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (b.1988, Colombo, Sri-Lanka) will show, Bi-Head, a polychrome and polished-bronze head, exploring the politics of sex, the monument, and pointing to the new possibilities to be found in gender fluid realms. Alex Seton (b.1977, Sydney, Australia) will present a pair of large-scale bronze and marble totems from his ‘Cargo’ series, a new body of work in which the artist depicts highly compressed bales of clothing, of the kind found in the second-hand clothes industry. Seton’s bronze and marble obelisks evoke the mesh of needs, concerns, environments and economies through which we are all connected. This sense of connectivity is also present inthe work of Lindy Lee (b.1954, Brisbane,Australia) in which she invokes a sense of deep time. Lee will present, Unnameable 2017, a large-scale bronze‘Fire Stone’, and works on paper pierced and singed by flame. As each scorched mark stands for an individual moment, so too, the large bronze Fire Stone – borne of the marriage of metal and spontaneous eruptions – speaks to the infinite curve of time inherent to all life.Time, in an evolutionary sense, is also examined in Sam Leach’s finely executed oil paintings of animals and spacesuits. Leach (b. 1973 Adelaide, Australia) draws a connection between the legacy of the enlightenment found in the philosophy of Russian Cosmists and the distinctive styles of spacesuits, helmets and associated technology. Leach connects the constructed landscapes of the 17th and 18th century, the utopian ideals of 20th century formalist abstraction and the future implied by space exploration. Yang Yongliang (b.1980, Shanghai, China) will present video and photographic works exploiting a connection between traditional Chinese painting and the contemporary, implementing ancient oriental aesthetics and literati beliefs with modern language and digital techniques. Yongliang’s monochrome landscapes provide a counterpoint to a special presentation of works from the estate of the late Sydney Ball (1933-2017). Arguably Australia’s greatest colourist, Ball’s Infinexseries in automotive enamel on aluminium, comprises rigid geometric forms articulated in fields of contrasting colour – crisply chromatic formal assemblages of individual but related planes of colour which appear as if poised mid-motion.
ANNUAL SUMMER GROUP SHOW
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
8 - 16 February 2019
Opening Friday, 8 February 2019, 6 - 8pm
To celebrate the first exhibition of our exciting 2019 program, join for the S+S Sydney Annual Summer Group Show next Friday, 8th February from 6pm.
TONY ALBERT, ALEX SETON & KELLY DOLEY of BARBARA CLEVELAND
ALASKA Projects Fundraiser
ALASKA Projects, Kings Cross Carpark, Level 2 & 5
9A Elizabeth Bay Rd Elizabeth Bay (directly behind the Kings Cross Police station)
12 December 2018, 6 - 10pm
ALASKA Projects' upcoming fundraiser includes works donated by S_S artists Tony Albert, Alex Seton and Kelly Doley of Barbara Cleveland. All proceeds will go to supporting a publication covering ALASKA's 8 years in Kings Cross Carpark.
OPENING THIS SUNDAY
Weapons For The Soldier
Hazelhurst Arts Centre
11 November 2018 - 3 February 2019
Opens this Sunday, 11 November 2018
Tony Albert, Richard Lewer and Alex Seton are included in Weapons For The Soldier, a groundbreaking exhibition initiated by the young men of the APY Lands, bringing together indigenous and non-indigenous Australian artists to examine complex themes of weaponry, warfare and protecting land and country. The exhibition explores themes related to Fighting for Country and deep connection to Country, evocative of both the broader tenets of the ANZAC legacy as well as the district position of Indigenous people within Australia who have long fought to maintain cultural strength and pride.
JOIN US IN SHANGHAI
ART021 SHANGHAI CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR
Shanghai Exhibition Center
No. 1000 Middle Yan An Road
8 - 11 November 2018
Collector's Preview: Thursday, 8 November2018
Fair Dates: Friday - Sunday, 9 - 11 November 2018
Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to participate in this year's edition of ART021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair, with a presentation of works by Irfan Hendrian (ID), Lindy Lee (AU) and Alex Seton (AU).
Irfan Hendrian’s sculptures are informed by Bauhaus principles and created from layers of accumulated single sheets of coloured paper. Through a long and painstaking process, Irfan bonds together innumerable interconnected sheets of paper to form solid but composite objects that are at once delicate, intricate and rigidly compacted. Red Brick Wall (2018) is a solid 60 cm high wall of paper – a collage of myriad coloured sheets, reduced to a recognisable quotidian pattern, reflecting Hendrian’s interest in the Bauhaus tendency for simplification. An inherently abstract action, collage provides a methodology that maintains Hendrian's purist approach to materials, a methodology which in his work, underscores the flawed nature of representation. Ideological and innately restrictive, Hendrian’s work asserts that the meaning of any given representation is never definitive, as the gap between intention and realisation, original and copy, can never be bridged.
These notions of accumulation and inclusivity are also examined in Lindy Lee’s practice which explores her Chinese ancestry through Taosim and Ch’an (Zen) Buddhim. As Lee has said “we are all part of this thing; it is intrinsic to us and we are intrinsic to it.” For ART021 Shanghai, her presentation will include Listening to the Moon, a large mirror-polished stainless-steel sphere and three new large-scale works on paper in which the artist uses Chinese ink and fire to rework giclée prints of traditional Chinese figurative paintings. In, The Exile Awakens (2018) Lee incorporates circular patterns of burnt paper into an image of a single female figure dressed in Chinese traditional costume emerging from a darkened doorway. Collectively, these works consider the cosmic forces at work within the universe and within ourselves; the ever-changing duality of presence and absence. These two capabilities are represented by paper and fire, light and dark, pillars of Lee’s work, which act as both the medium and subject.
Alex Seton often incorporates clothing and fabric in his practice to speak to the body and how it participates in the economic, geographic and social systems that structure our world. Seton’s presentation for Shanghai will include a series of marble carvings in the form of folded or draped cloth and clothing. The complexities of each draped piece of fabric are also a nod to the tropes of classical statuary; the shrouds, drapes and folds of cloth of European marble tradition. In, Destroy the Past, Slow the Future (2018), Seton employs this historical lens to consider the environmental, cultural and economic impact of systems of clothing manufacture on those that bear the burden of our dispensation. From the ubiquitous hoodie politicised by the shooting of Trayvon Martin, to makeshift refugee shelters and discarded life jackets, cloth serves as a humble reminder of the deep and messy entanglement of the personal and political.
CANBERRA PUBLIC ART BIENNIAL
Lake Burley Griffin
Aspen Island / Bowen Place
Kingston Arts Precinct
Henry Holland Park
5 - 28 October 2018
Featuring Tony Albert, Sanné Mestrom and Alex Seton
Tony Albert, Sanné Mestrom and Alex Seton are included in Contour 556 2018 which opens today in Canberra. Contour 556 is a free public art event over three weeks presenting artworks and performances by 60 artists in the world famous public realm and national cultural icons around Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra. It is unique in the field of public sculpture and performance events as it takes place in a consciously designed and culturally layered landscape, in one of only three designed capital cities.
Tony Albert's Exploring the new frontier is a vast installation of 109 individual works on paper installed at Commonwealth Place 'East Space'. Sanné Mestrom's sentinel-like, Sphinx in Repose (Kneeling) has been positioned on Commonwealth Avenue opposite Henry Rolland Park; and Alex Seton's towering Monument to No, provides a counterpoint to Canberra's grandiose public monuments, positioned alongside the central basin of Lake Burley Griffin.
The festival site is a place with deep cultural and heritage overlays. All artworks and performances are site specific, drawing inspiration from or reflecting on the cultural or physical character of Canberra. The sense of place of the Canberra lakeside landscape resonates with the artworks and performances. The connections to Canberra's history provoke a variety of responses from the public that embed a memory of place. The event reinforces the beauty of the designed landscape, and recognises landscapes hidden from view through design. It presents stories of Australia political, cultural and physical history. It includes stories from all Australians, from our past and our future.
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
28 September - 20 October 2018
Opening Friday, 28 September 2018, 6 - 8pm
Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to present Alex Seton's Cargo, an exhibition of new marble sculptures depicting highly compressed bales of clothing; of the kind found in the second-hand clothes industry. Each garment packed into these volumes has its own history and story to tell. Together, they evoke a tangled mass of humanity; the mesh of needs and concerns, environments and economies that connect us all.
Spanning both floors of Sullivan+Strumpf's Sydney gallery, Cargo includes six hand-carved bales of clothing. Over the last four years, Seton's work has responded to the asylum seeker debate and Australia's offshore immigration policies. In Cargo, the free and profit-driven movement of thousands of bales of our discarded clothes stands in potent counterpoint to the perilous and stymied journey of the asylum seeker. The exhibition takes a step back to reflect on the larger economic and environmental systems that perpetuate our privilege.
In spending innumerable slow hours carving these flocked effigies, Seton pauses to consider the environmental, cultural and economic impact of these systems on those that bear the burden of our dispensation. The complexities of the bales' surfaces are also a nod to the tropes of classical statuary; the shrouds, drapes and folds of cloth of European marble tradition. Here, individual garments are rendered almost unrecognisable, compressed into bales designed for circulation in transnational markets.
Cargo is at once political, personal and biographic. Mirroring the human body's seven-year replacement cycle, the bales presented in the exhibition are based on Seton's own clothes accumulated in his studio over the last seven years. The stone from which the bales are carved each refer to places and periods from the artist's life: his youth spent in the area near the Wombeyan Caves in New South Wales; years of study in traditional statuary of Bianca Carrara; exploration of the palate range of Statuary and Badiglio, and finding of a sense of place and appreciation of local textures and colour in Katoomba Green. In this way, Seton places himself within these transnational stories.
Cargo offers us an encounter with our own complicity; not only in the production of landfill sites that will outlive us several times over and the destruction of local textiles industries; it also asks us to reflect on our role in the perpetuation of systems that fuel profit while turning a blind eye to the human and environmental costs of our way of life.
13 - 16 September 2018
Booth E18 + IC09 for Glenn Barkley
Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to participate in Sydney Contemporary 2018 (Booth E18) with a presentation of new and recent works by Tony Albert, Sydney Ball, Glenn Barkley, Karen Black, Barbara Cleveland, Sam Leach, Lindy Lee, eX de Medici, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Dawn Ng, Baden Pailthorpe, Alex Seton, Grant Stevens and Angela Tiatia.
A highlight of the presentation is Sydney Ball's Chromix Lumina 14, a large-scale work from the artist's Infinex series, his final and never-before-seen body of work. Realised in automotive enamel on aluminium, a method of manufacturing the artist devised out of physical necessity at the age of 81, Chromix Lumina 14 represents the pinnacle of Ball's lifeling research into the relationship between form, colour and light.
In addition, no fewer than six S+S artists have been invited to participate in the curated sections of the fair. Angela Tiatia is included in Video Contemporary, curated by Kelly Gellatly; Karen Black has collaborated with Handpicked Wines to create an immersive-art-experience-cum-bar; Glenn Barkley will create a cabinet of curiosities filled with new vessel forms and collages; while Lindy Lee, Alex Seton and Tim Silver will present solo presentations for Installation Contemporary, curated by Nina Miall.
The Waves: Gender, Representation, and the Market Saturday, 15 September 2018, 10am at S+S Sydney, 799 Elizabeth Street, Zetland. Featuring Barbara Cleveland (artist collective), Christine Dean (artist), Angela Tiatia (artist), Julie Ewington (curator, writer & broadcaster) and Ursula Sullivan (co-director of S+S, Sydney & Singapore) on the panel, moderated by Kate Britton (curator).
Saturday, 15 September 2018, 12.30pm at the fair, starting at Booth IC09 and following a series of other talks at Booth E18.
13 - 16 September 2018
Sullivan+Strumpf are delighted to participate in Sydney Contemporary 2018 with a presentation including Tony Albert, Sydney Ball, Glenn Barkley, Sam Leach, Lindy Lee, eX de Medici, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Dawn Ng, and Alex Seton. In addition, Barbara Cleveland, Baden Pailthorpe, Grant Stevens and Angela Tiatia are included in Video Contemporary, while Glenn Barkley, Lindy Lee, Alex Seton and Time Silver will present solo presentations for Installation Contemporary. We look forward to welcoming you to booth E18.
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
28 September - 20 October 2018
Opening Friday 28 September 2018
Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to present Alex Seton's Cargo, this September at our Sydney gallery. Cargo is an exhibition of new marble sculptures depicting highly compressed bales of clothing, of the kind found in the second-hand clothes industry. Each garment packed into these volumes has its own history and story to tell. Together, they evoke a tangled mass of humanity; the mesh of needs and concerns, environments and economies that connect us all.
Warners Bay, Lake Macquarie
Lake Macquarie City Council has acquired Alex Seton's Soloist, which will join Lake Macquarie's Creative Lake Sculpture Trail. "I chose the hoodie," Seton explained in an ABC Newcastle interview "because it's this ubiquitous garment, quite egalitarian... It goes back to the history of the cowl or the hood that evokes things like the monk or the Buddha."
Newcastle Art Gallery
Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to announce Newcastle Art Gallery's major acquisition of Alex Seton's Paper Armada, 2015 an installation of over 400 carved boats created in response to Australia's asylum seeker policies. Seton's forthcoming solo exhibition, Cargo, opens at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney on 28 September 2018.
13 - 16 September 2018
Sullivan+Strumpf will present new work by Tony Albert, Sydney Ball, Glenn Barkley, Karen Black, Sam Leach, eX de Medici, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Dawn Ng and Alex Seton, at Booth E18.
ON VIEW IN LISBON
Listening to the Waters
Museo do Dinheiro, Lisbon
Until 8 September 2018
Alex Seton's 'Deluge in a Paper Cup' 2016 (collection Fondation François Schneider) is currently on display in 'Listening to the waters' at Museo do Dinheiro, Lisbon. Exhibiting works from the Foundation François Schneider as well as contemporary Portuguese artists, the exhibition considers water as an element in which opposites collide: "a vital resource and the cause of mortal conflicts - the setting for journeys full of hope and a shameful cemetery of the abandoned; a natural threat to mankind while being irretrievably threatened by it; a symbol of life, and of death; an image of time passing, running away from us, and of the eternal source of life, the maternal womb..."
In 2016 Alex Seton was one of seven laureates of the 'Talents Contemporains' at the Fondation François Schneider, France. 'Deluge in a Paper Cup', was selected as one of 42 finalists selected from 2363 applicants across 90 countries responding to the collection's theme of 'water'.
VERY SPECIAL KIDS CHARITY AUCTION
Art with Heart
Eleven40 Studio Gallery
14 June 2018, 6.30 - 9pm
Very Special Kids will present an exceptional charity auction in conjunction with Deutsche and Hackett on Thursday, 14 June 2018, at 1140 Malvern Road Melbourne from 6.30pm. The auction includes Alexander Seton's Bentwood Hybrids (2016) and Gregory Hodge's Theatre (2015).
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SULLIVAN+STRUMPF at ART BASEL HONG KONG
29 - 31 MARCH 2018
Featuring Yang Yongliang | Alex Seton | Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran | Darren Sylvester | Lindy Lee | Gregory Hodge
Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to participate in Art Basel Hong Kong 2018 with a presentation of works by Yang Yongliang, Alex Seton, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran (Encounters Booth 3E10) Darren Sylvester, Lindy Lee and Gregory Hodge. Bringing together six artists with diverse practices in both two and three dimensions as well as new media, the presentation takes the pulse of contemporary visual art practice in the region.
Sullivan+Strumpf's presentation includes some of the region's most exciting artists and intriguing objects, including Alex Seton's, Clothing Bale 02 sculpted in Australian Wombeyan marble, part of a new series in which Seton draws on the second-hand clothing industry. Darren Sylvester's science-fiction-inspired oversize light jet print, Out of Life, features a model dressed in a 1970s mock space suit; the martian setting resonating with Lindy Lee's Horizons growing beyond the visible, a large-scale circular flung bronze sculpture. The virtual world of Yang Yongliang's VR work, Eternal Landscape, is influenced by ancient Chinese Song Dynasty paintings; the work's sense of a future-past providing a counterpoint to Gregory Hodge's acrylic paintings inspired by quotidian materials like carpet samples, but also the geology of the moon. Art Basel Hong Kong opens to the public on 29 March and continues until 31 March, we look forward to welcoming you to our presentation at booth 3C16.
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Harbour Road
Hong Kong, China
2018 GROUP SHOW
Until Saturday, 24 February 2018
2018 GROUP SHOW
10 - 24 February 2018
Opening tomorrow, 3 - 5pm
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
Join us for the annual S+S Group Show in Sydney, offering a glimpse of our forthcoming 2018 exhibition programme and advance previews of exciting new works by S+S artists.
Sometimes the Dead are more alive than the Living
Bendigon Art Gallery
I Was Here
Fremantle Arts Centre, WA
Until 16 September
In I WAS HERE seven artists turn conventional history on its head. The world is flipped upside down, long held beliefs are disproved and fact replaces fiction as the artists grapple with what’s real, imagined or forgotten over time. Comprising photographic and sculptural works I WAS HERE is a fascinating commentary on history itself and our relationship to the past.
Alex Seton continues his work with marble, creating sculptures which highlight our transient impact on the world around us. He also disproves the existence of an island which has been included on maps for many years.
Alex Seton: The Island
Newcastle Art Gallery
1 Laman Street, Newcastle
18 Feb - 7 May
Newcastle Art Gallery presents Alex Seton: The Island, a major exhibition of Seton's work from recent years. This compelling and salient exhibition contemplates and questions Australia's role in the asylum debate. 'The Island' as a concept can be a safe place of refuge, isolated geographically and ideologically from the humanitarian challenges the world is currently grappling with. Alternatively it can take on a more sinister tone as a place deserted for those who have survived a perilous sea journey only to be marooned, stateless, detained, looking to the horizon for help.
Within the exhibition: oars, life rafts and life vests are washed up on the shores of the 'The Island'. A key work on loan from The Art Gallery of South Australia, Someone died trying to have a life like mine (2013) was first shown in the exhibition Dark Heart at the 2014 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art. This major work of art is inspired by an actual event where 28 life jackets were found on a beach of the Cocos Islands within Australian territory, the owners still remain unidentified.
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TONY ALBERT + ALEX SETON
Young & Free | An Australian Discourse
Bega Valley Regional Gallery
Zingel Place, Bega
Opens 10 Feb
Young & Free showcases leading Australian artists, including Sullivan+Strumpf artists Tony Albert and Alex Seton, whose work discusses ideas of colonialism, nationalism, and hot button issues around immigration policy, patriotism, Indigenous affairs and gender identity.
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forming in the pupil of an eye
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016
Aspinwall House, Fort Kochi
12 December 2016 - 29 March 2017
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale is India's first biennale for contemporary art being held in Kochi, Kerala. Opening on December 12 and running for 108 days, closing March 20, the Biennale is the largest contemporary art biennial in South Asia.
The main exhibition and an ancillary programme of talk, seminars, workshops, film screenings, and music will take place across a range of venues in Kochi, Kerala, India. The third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale is curated by acclaimed Indian artist Sudarshan Shetty.
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ON VIEW NOW AT S+S SINGAPORE
On view now
Opening tomorrow, 7 - 9pm
Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016, Indiia
12 December 2016 - 27 March 2017
ALEX SETON + HIROMI TANGO
Contour 556: Interventions in the Landscape
Canberra Public Art Festival
Lake Burley Griffin,
Central Basin to Kingston Arts Precinct
21 October - 13 November
Taking place around the major cultural institutions, the National Library of Australia, the National Gallery of Australia, the high court of Australia and the Kingston Arts Precinct, Contour 556 is a large scale public realm intervention, bringing together the works of 50 local, national and international artists across the Canberra landscape, in response to the layers of Canberra's history.
Contour 556 will interrogate the relationships between artworks and space; artists and the public; and the ways in which art, performance and play can influence how the public perceive and remember space.
2016 Wynne Prize
Art Gallery of NSW
16 July — 9 October, 2016
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Talents Contemporains, Fondation François Schneider
Alex Seton is one of six award winners of the Wattviller Prize.
ON VIEW NOW AT S+S
2 -23 April
2016 FLEURIEU ART PRIZE FINALISTS
TONY ALBERT, SAM LEACH, RICHARD LEWER, ALEX SETON, TIM SILVER, AIDA TOMESCU
ANNE & GORDON SAMSTAG MUSEUM OF ART
University of South Australia, Adelaide
Friday 3 June - Friday 29 July
In 2016 the Fleurieu Art Prize – the richest landscape art prize in the world – will relocate from its home on the beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula of South Australia to the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art in Adelaide, where it will be presented to city audiences for the first time.
Landscape as a subject for art continues to capture the imagination not only of the wider community, but also increasingly of leading artists wanting to express a connection with place, and who recognise that landscape holds a compelling power for our contemporary culture.
SOMEONE ELSE'S PROBLEM
Someone Else's Problem is an extension of Alex Seton's recent body of work which explores the issue of asylum seekers. The installation is a mass of seemingly discarded paddles that signify the many people currently seeking refuge from persecution or fleeing war torn regions around the globe.
ALEX SETON: SET IN STONE
Interview by Oliver Giles
Prestige Magazine HK
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We are pleased to announce that the Australian War Memorial, As of today...Alex Seton, has been awarded Highly Commended by the Museums Australia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards for the category of Exhibition Catalogue (Small) Level B.
The publication was designed by Ian Wingrove (Wingrove Design) and was praised for its "balanced typography that uses the negative space to evoke a powerful emotional response. Sensitively designed and produced."
Rockhampton Art Gallery
30 May - 12 July
Alex Seton's interest in contemporary subjects – from the personal to the political –continues to have a profound influence on his work. In this exhibition, Last Resort, Seton situates the issue of asylum seekers firmly on our shores. He asks us to consider the attempts of people to reach Australia at great personal risk, and of the safety and privileges that we have in our day-to-day lives.
10am Saturday 30 May
ART BASEL HONG KONG 2015
Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre
March 15 - 17 2015
McClelland Gallery & Sculpture Park
Closes 8 February
McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery
16 November 2014 - 8 February 2015
What Marcel Duchamp Taught Me
The Fine Art Society of London
10 October - 5 November