Darren Sylvester

Darren Sylvester's multi disciplinary practice involves photography, sculpture, video, music and performance. Usually involving a wide range of pop culture elements and narratives, each medium is given a high-end production sheen or twist to be transformed into a discussion on contemporary ennui, pathos and mortality that is direct, yet inherent with levels of complexity. 

Sylvester has exhibited widely, nationally and internationally. Recent selected solo shows include Darren Sylvester: Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something at the National Gallery of Victoria (2019) and Out of Life at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney (2018). Other solo exhibitions include Broken Model, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2016) Darren Sylvester, VOLTA NY, Soho, New York (2013); Darren Sylvester – Take Me To You, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore (2010); and the major survey exhibition Our Future Was Ours, Australia Centre for Photography, Sydney (2008).

Group exhibitions include Midwinter Masters: Percy Grainger: In the Company of Strangers, The Gallery, Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre, Victoria (2015); Cars = My Automolove, Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, Caboolture (2014); Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); NGV Studio: Wired for Melbourne Sound, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); We used to talk about love: Balnaves Contemporary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2013); Lumens Festival: Curating the Ancient City, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China (2012); and Like, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2012). Sylvester won the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award for 2011 and received an Australia Council New Work Grant in 2010. His work is held in a number of public collections such as the Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia and National Gallery of Australia.

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