Darren Sylvester

May-June Issue Out Now

06/05/2021

MAY/JUNE ISSUE OUT NOW

 

In this issue we feature artists who continue the grand tradition of drawing upon nature, landscape and the environment including Maria Fernanda Cardoso’s new sculptures celebrating the complexity and beauty of gumnuts, Darren Sylvester’s recreation of a New York City streetscape and Yang Yongliang’s larger than life digital landscapes based on Song Dynasty paintings.

We welcome painter Seth Birchall to the gallery, chat to Jeremy Sharma, browse Michael Lindeman’s cabinet of curiosities, take a spin around Paris with Greg Hodge, visit Lynda Draper’s idyllic Thirroul home and visit Sam Jinks in the studio. Last word goes to Luke Sales, from the iconic fashion label Romance was Born on his collaboration with ceramicist Glenn Barkley.

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SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2019

10/09/2019

TALK CONTEMPORARY
ARREN SYLVESTER & URSULA SULLIVAN 
A Gallerist and An Artist Walked Into a Bar
Thursday 12 September
6.00PM – 7.00PM
Hall G, Talk Contemporary, Sydney Contemporary

In this talk, panellists will uncover the important and sometime complicated relationship between the artist and the gallerist. Fair director Barry Keldoulis will speak to Sullivan+Strumpf co-director Ursula Sullivan and artist Darren Sylvester about how they met, how they work together, how the relationships influences the work, what they have learned from each other and how they plan for the future.

This talk is for VIP Art Pass holders only.

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SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY 2019

10/09/2019

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.


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JOIN US

06/09/2019
SYDNEY CONTEMPORARY
Booth E20
12 – 15 September

Opening Night: Thursday, 12 September 2019

 
We’re upping the ante for Sydney Contemporary 2019 with our biggest group of artists, our largest space yet, and a very special booth designed with Flack Studio especially for the 5th annual event at Carriageworks on 12 – 15 September.  

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.

> MORE INFORMATION
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NOW SHOWING

17/05/2019

DARREN SYLVESTER
Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something
National Gallery of Victoria
Until 30 June 2019

Darren Sylvester: Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something is the Melbourne-based contemporary artist's first large-scale solo exhibition in a public institution. Bringing together works spanning the entire twenty years of his career, this exhibition is a timely and unique opportunity to review Sylvester's practice and reveals his continued discussions on desirability, authenticity and mortality, all presented in a high-gloss finish.

> MORE INFORMATION
> VIEW ARTIST PAGE
> ENQUIRE


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OPENING TONIGHT

15/02/2019

REMEMBRANCE
The American Club, Singapore
7 January - 31 March 2019

Art Launch on Friday, 15 February 2019, 6.30 - 7.30 pm

Our sense of place influences our memory in myriad ways. We form our identity in relation to the environment in which we live and work — from the country, city, town or landscape we call home, to our rooms in which we eat, sleep or raise families. These places inform our experiences, behaviors and attitudes about other places. The ideas and feelings which we develop through our interactions with the physical spaces we inhabit allow us to construct a sense of belonging, generate meaning, build attachments, and tackle change. The artists presented in this exhibition explore human-environment relations in diverse and inventive ways.

The artists presented in this exhibition include Dawn Ng, Dane Lovett, Darren Sylvester, Gregory Hodge, Hiromi Tango, Jeremy Sharma, Karen Black and Lindy Lee.

The nearest carpark is located at Royal Plaza on Scotts or Goodwood Park Hotel.
For non-members, please RSVP to [email protected].


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INVITATION

01/02/2019

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.

> VIEW EXHIBITION PAGE
> ENQUIRE


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ATTEND

23/01/2019

DARREN SYLVESTER
CARVE A FUTURE, DEVOUR EVERYTHING, BECOME SOMETHING
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1 March - 30 June 2019

"Darren Sylvester: Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something" is the Melbourne-based contemporary artist's first large-scale solo exhibition in a public institution. Bringing together works spanning the entire twenty years of his career, this exhibition is a timely and unique opportunity to review Sylvester's practice and reveals his continued discussions on desirability, authenticity and mortality, all presented in a high-gloss finish.

Sylvester is a truly multidisciplinary artist who works in staged photography, sculpture, video, installation, performance and music. Everything he creates is the result of a detailed process of planning and research, with handmade sets and props photographed in his studio to resemble high street fashion campaigns and sculptural fabrications that twist subjects ranging from fast food design to an astronaut space suit to the moon itself.

Sylvester's practice is controlled, autodidactic and constantly evolving. It represents a detailed knowledge of and interest in pop culture, pop music, advertising, cinema, fashion, our relationships with each other and perhaps most significantly, our place in the universe.

Hopes and dreams, work conundrums, loss and longing, fear of death - these are subjects that appear time and time again. Aspects of his work appropriate and transform well-known products as 'readymades' as a way of looking at the ways we live with, and are shaped by, branding. NGV audiences will remember the artist's pulsating dancefloor 'For you', 2013, presented as part of the Melbourne Now exhibition, that enabled people to dance within a stylised 'make-up compact' (NGV).

> MORE INFORMATION
> VIEW ARTIST PAGE
> ENQUIRE


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ATTEND

21/12/2018

DARREN SYLVESTER
Carve A Future, Devour Everything, Become Something
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
1 March - 30 June 2019

Darren Sylvester: Carve A Future, Devour Everything, Become Something, is the Melbourne-based contemporary artists's first large-scale solo exhibition in a public institution. Bringing together works spanning the entire twenty years of his career, this exhibition is a timely and unique opportunity to review Sylvester's practice and reveals his continued discussions on desirability, authenticity and mortality, all presented in a high-gloss finish.

> MORE INFORMATION
> VIEW ARTIST PAGE
> ENQUIRE


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DON'T MISS

09/11/2018

DARREN SYLVESTER
Bowness Photography Prize
Monash Gallery of Art

Unti 11 November 2018

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> ENQUIRE


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WATCH

12/10/2018

VIDEO BECOMES US
ABC Iview
Directed by Kate Blackore
Featuring Angela Tiatia and Darren Sylvester

Directed by Kate Blackmore of artist collective Barbara Cleveland and produced by Bethany Bruce, Video Becomes Us profiles the work of Australia's most exciting artists, including Angela Tiatia and Darren Sylvester, exploring how artists use video as a means of artistic expression and political agitation.

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CONGRATULATIONS

17/08/2018

DARREN SYLVESTER
Finalist for The Bowness Photography Prize
Monash Gallery of Art, Victoria
29 September - 18 November 2018

Suggesting that all new beginnings can be bought in this hyper-consumer culture, Sylvester probes the contemporary context in IKEA Sunrise, an image of a studio-built ocean illuminated by dry ice and an IKEA 'Fado' lamp.

> MORE INFORMATION
> VIEW ARTIST PAGE
> ENQUIRE


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ON VIEW NOW

13/07/2018

DARREN SYLVESTER
Out of Life
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney

Until 4 August 2018

> VIEW EXHIBITION
> VIEW ARTIST PAGE
> ENQUIRE


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ATTEND

28/06/2018

DARREN SYLVESTER
Out of Life
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
29 June - 4 August 2018

Opening tomorrow, Friday 29 June, 6-8pm
Artist Talk from 6-6.30pm

Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney is delighted to present, Out of Life, an exhibition of new work by Darren Sylvester. Combining references to Hollywood, magic, mortality and Microsoft, the exhibition was inspired by the purchase of an unidentified 1970s science fiction space suit.Out of Life continues Sylvester's ongoing interest in authenticity, desire and death; subjects he examines through an off-beat narrative borne out of a lost moment of pop-culture.

Last year Sylvester purchased a 1970s-style science fiction space suit from an auction house sale of old costumes from  Hollywood films and TV shows. Catalogued with no known provenance, the costume was rendered relatively worthless. The only clue to its history was the name, Stacey, hand-written on a tag on the inside. Was Stacey the actor's name or a TV character? In Out of Life, Sylvester uses her long-forgotten costume to resurrect Stacey in two large-format film photographs; trapped in character forever inside a B-Grade film set. Bored and melancholy, Stacey waits for her scene to be called, a battle to begin, for love to arrive – or somehow, to go home. Left all alone in this make-believe universe, Stacey holds a feeling relatable to everyone – being all out of life.

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INVITATION

19/06/2018

DARREN SYLVESTER
Out of Life
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
29 June - 4 August 2018

Opening Friday, 29 June, 6 - 8pm
With an Artist Talk from 6 - 6.30pm

Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney is delighted to present, Out of Life, an exhibition of new work by Darren Sylvester. Combining references to Hollywood, magic, mortality and Microsoft, the exhibition was inspired by the purchase of an unidentified 1970s science fiction space suit.Out of Life continues Sylvester's ongoing interest in authenticity, desire and death; subjects he examines through an off-beat narrative borne out of a lost moment of pop-culture.

Last year Sylvester purchased a 1970s-style science fiction space suit from an auction house sale of old costumes from  Hollywood films and TV shows. Catalogued with no known provenance, the costume was rendered relatively worthless. The only clue to its history was the name, Stacey, hand-written on a tag on the inside. Was Stacey the actor's name or a TV character? In Out of Life, Sylvester uses her long-forgotten costume to resurrect Stacey in two large-format film photographs; trapped in character forever inside a B-Grade film set. Bored and melancholy, Stacey waits for her scene to be called, a battle to begin, for love to arrive – or somehow, to go home. Left all alone in this make-believe universe, Stacey holds a feeling relatable to everyone – being all out of life.

Darren Sylvester's multi-disciplinary practice involves photography, sculpture, video, music and performance. Often incorporating a complex matrix of pop-culture elements and executed with the production quality associated with high-end fashion publishing, Sylvester's work explores notions of contemporary ennui, pathos and mortality through narratives that are direct, yet inherently complex. 

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> VIEW ARTIST PAGE
> ENQUIRE


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UP NEXT

08/06/2018

DARREN SYLVESTER
Out of Life
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
29 June - 4 August 2018

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> ENQUIRE


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ANNOUNCEMENT

21/03/2018

SULLIVAN+STRUMPF at ART BASEL HONG KONG
29 - 31 MARCH 2018
GALLERIES SECTION
BOOTH 3C16

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.

Address:
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Harbour Road
Wan Chai
Hong Kong, China

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> MORE INFORMATION


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FINAL DAY

23/02/2018

2018 GROUP SHOW

Until Saturday, 24 February 2018

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ATTEND

09/02/2018

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.

>REQUEST PREVIEW


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ON VIEW NOW

09/02/2017

2017
Group Exhibition
S+S Sydney
Until 18 Feb 2017

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COMING UP

24/01/2017

2017
Group Exhibition
4 - 21 Feb
Opens 4 Feb | 3-5 pm
Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney

> VIEW EXHIBITION


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CONGRATULATIONS

05/11/2016

DARREN SYLVESTER
Fisher's Ghost Art Award 2016 | Winner
Campbelltown Arts Centre
1 Art Gallery Road
Campbelltown NSW 2560
29 October - 15 December 

Darren Sylvester has won the 2016 Fisher's Ghost Art Award for his work Green Editorial.

Sponsored by Campbelltown Arts Centre and Friends of Campbelltown Arts Centre, the Fisher's Ghost Art Award has been awarded to some of Australia's most respected contemporary artists, including Elisabeth Cummings, Khaled Sabsabi, Justene Williams, David Bromley, Marion Borgelt, Raquel Ormella and Philip Wolfhagen.

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ON VIEW NOW

16/07/2016

DARREN SYLVESTER
Broken Model
Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney
16 July — 20 August

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GO SEE

03/06/2015

Midwinter Masters: Percy Grainger: In the Company of Strangers
The Gallery, Bayside Arts and Cultural Centre
Brighton, Victoria
20 June - 9 August

INCLUDING:

DARREN SYLVESTER

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READ

25/03/2015

WORLD'S ONLY MAGAZINE

Read Darren Sylvester's interview with Laura Wise from Alaska Projects for World's Only Magazine, out March 6.

> VIEW MAGAZINE


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GO SEE

10/03/2015

Outside Thoughts
Contemporary Art Tasmania
19 March - 19 April 2015

Including:

Darren Sylvester

> VIEW EXHIBITION