SYDNEY BALL in 21st BIENNALE OF SYDNEY
Superposition: Equilibrium and Engagement
Art Gallery of New South Wales
16 March - 11 June 2018
It is with great pleasure that Sullivan+Strumpf announce the inclusion of the late Sydney Ball (1933-2017) in the 2018 Biennale of Sydney, Superposition: Equilibrium & Engagement. A pioneer in the field of painting and the development of abstraction in Australia, Sydney Ball's presentation in the 21st Biennale of Sydney marks forty-five years since his inclusion in its inaugural iteration in 1973, highlighting the level of Ball's continued relevance and influence on generations of contemporary artists. Included in the now iconic survey of abstraction, The Field, shown at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1968, Ball's presentation at the Biennale of Sydney precedes an important restaging of that landmark exhibition which will open at the NGV this April.
Ball's work, Black Reveal (1968-69) from his Modular series will feature in the Art Gallery of New South Wales exhibition alongside the UK-based collaboration, Semiconductor. Black Reveal collapses the space between painting and sculpture, combining sections of shaped canvas painted in matte acrylic with plywood panels in gloss enamel. Accompanying this work, fourteen preparatory studies for the series and Ball's sketch book's from the 1960s and 1970s, will allow visitors to further penetrate Ball's thinking around form, light and the sculptural potential of colours.
Artistic Director Mami Kataoka explains that Superposition: Equilibrium & Engagement "examines the world today through the concept of 'superposition' a term that refers to an overlapping situation." The state of superposition can be applied to all conceptual levels, writes Kataoka, from different climates and cultures to "the meaning of abstraction" - a description pertinent to Sydney Ball's practice in which he explored abstraction to varying degrees over a six-decade-long career.