Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney
27 October - 17 November 2018
Opening Saturday, 27 October, 3 - 5pm
"For me it's the scale which envelops the viewer; the whole nebula of colour, the ocean of colour, which soaks you in." - Sydney Ball, 2014
Sullivan+Strumpf is delighted to present an exhibition by the major Australian abstract artist, Sydney Ball (1933 - 2017), the first exhibition of the artist's work since his passing. The exhibition of Australia's greatest colourist had been planned during Ball's lifetime to mark what would have been the artist's 85th birthday. Infinex V will present large-scale works from Ball's Infinex series, his final and never before seen body of work.
Unexhibited during Ball's lifetime, the Infinex V series was produced by Ball as a series of large-scale compositions. Fabricated by Urban Art Projects (UAP), the series has been realised according to the artist's exacting instructions in automotive enamel on aluminium, a method of manufacturing he devised out of physical necessity in his 80s. As a way of honouring Ball's working process, the exhibition presents both the finalised large-scale works on aluminium, a number of which have been realised posthumously, alongside a small series of intimate works on paper from 2013 which have never before been exhibited.
Comprising rigid geometric forms articulated in fields of contrasting colour, the Infinex V series are crisply chromatic formal assemblages of individual but related planes of colour, which appear as if poised mid-motion. The mechanical process of their construction, which establishes a perfect surface finish - and belies the frailty of Ball's condition at the time - associates these works with Ball's important Modular series completed in collaboration with automotive painters in the 1960s. Black Reveal (1968-1969) from this period was seen by Sydney audiences this year in the 21st Biennale of Sydney. As Terence Maloon has described them, the Infinex series relates to the "immense outflowing of joie de vivre" in the late works of many great artists such as Monet's waterlilies or Matisse's cut-outs.
Sydney Ball was a pioneer in the field of painting and the development of abstraction in Australia and arguably Australia's greatest colourist. Nationally and internationally renowned for his bold use of colour, form and compositional structure, Ball lived and worked in New York during the 1960s and 1970s. His work is typified by its vibrancy of colour - from the colours-field abstraction of his 1960s Modular series to the more recent Infinex series which began in 2010 - and his painterly abstractions of the 1970s. Throughout each period of development, Ball maintained an obsessions with form, colour and light. The Infinex series of works represent the pinnacle of this lifelong research.
Sullivan+Strumpf & The Sydney Art Art Quartet presents
The Beloved Colour, a concert in celebration of Sydney Ball
Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney, 799 Elizabeth Street, Zetland, NSW
Sunday, 4 November 2018, 3pm
Seats are strictly limited and admission includes post-concert reception. For more information and to book your tickets, please click here.
Join us on Sunday, 4 November 2018, for a special concert in celebration of Sydney Ball featuring The Sydney Art Quartet. Music was central to Ball's artistic practice, and the soundtrack to his creative life. Planned in consultation with fellow artist Lynne Eastaway, this concert features The Sydney Art Quartet performing works specially selected from Ball's collection of favourites including Beethoven, Haydn and Schubert. The Sydney Art Quartet is a virtuosic string quartet that works in collaboration with other art forms Founded by James Beck in 2015, the SAQ gives electrifying performances that playfully sidestep the routine and the predictable.