Sydney Contemporary announces 15 Australian and international artists for its innovative Installation Contemporary

The Fair announces Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro for the BondorPanel commission Tower of Power – an interactive, neo-medieval mobile phone charging 6 metre tall tower overlooking the fair. Sydney Contemporary also welcomes Artist Profile’s ‘Artist Project’ – a presentation of Chinese-Australian artist Guo Jian with a series of new paintings.

Installation Contemporary announced: Highlights include Movana Chen with an evolving knitted paper work Dreconstructing,’ Gregory Hodge with his abstracted ‘Suspension Painting’, ‘Did you ask the River?’ a Virtual Reality (VR) work by Joan Ross and new works by Antonia Mrljak and Reko Rennie.

Sydney, Australia: Sydney Contemporary presented by Deutsche Bank, today announced 15 Australian and international artists for their innovative and highly anticipated Installation Contemporary program being presented for the duration of the fair from 12-15 September 2019.

Now approaching its fifth edition, Sydney Contemporary welcomes Installation Contemporary back this year as one of the highlights of the Fair presenting an opportunity for audiences to view innovative, site-specific and interactive installations in the environment of Carriageworks.

Installation Contemporary has been curated by newly appointed Dr Mikala Tai, a curator, researcher, academic and the Director of 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. Designed to exhibit large-scale artworks in a diverse range of media, Installation Contemporary responds to the unique architecture of Carriageworks and presents the viewer with an opportunity to go on a journey of discovery that indulges their imagination. 

The program includes a diverse line up of artists for 2019 presenting primarily new works including Rathin Barman (Experimenter and 4A Centre for Contemporary Art), Daniel Boyd, Jacqueline Fraser and Marley Dawson (Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery), Jessica Bradford (Galerie pompom), Consuelo Cavaniglia, Nell and Reko Rennie (STATION), Movana Chen (Flowers Gallery), Gregory Hodge and Michael Lindeman (Sullivan+Strumpf), Antonia Mrljak (Curatorial+Co.), Yioryios Papayioryiou (Artereal Gallery), Joan Ross (Michael Reid) and Katie West (Dominik Mersch Gallery).

Highlight installations include:

Did you ask the river? is the debut VR work from one of Australia’s leading visual artists, Joan Ross. In the style of a first-person video game, the audience is given free rein to explore an interactive 3D extension of Ross’ vibrant, unsettling colonial landscape. Unlike many VR experiences, the audience is placed in another’s body – that of an 18th century colonial woman – and they become uncomfortably complicit in her unwitting destruction of the landscape. Developed in collaboration with Dr Josh Harle at Tactical Space Lab in Sydney, Did you ask the river?  is the second Mortant Family VR Commission for the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne.

Gregory Hodge’s first foray into monumental suspension painting that engulfs the viewer’s senses. Hodge has always been interested in the history of illusionistic painting from Flemish trompe-l’oeil to large scale Italian Baroque frescoes. His work Suspension Painting reaches back to these traditions by absorbing many of their painterly tropes while also working within a predominately abstract visual language.

Hong Kong based artist Movana Chen’s, ongoing piece Dreconstructing is knitted from shredded papers of old magazines. Chen explores various ways to “wear” one’s identity, to experiment and create new opportunities for different cultures to start conversations. The reconstructed paper represents wishes, and transforms the meanings of daily life, which opens up a two-way communication between body, art and everyday life.

Jacqueline Fraser’s The Making of Mississippi Grind 2017 operates as a sponge for an array of popular cultural references, casting a seductive gaze towards celebrity, rap culture and high-fashion. The installation exemplifies Fraser’s ability to create viscerally charged domains at an architectural scale.

In the large text-based sculpture titled and forming the word ThanksMichael 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 twenty years.

In addition to Installation Contemporary, a new site-specific commission for the Fair, Tower of Power is being created by collaborative powerhouse Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro (Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery). 

Event starts
Thursday 12 September, 2019
Event Ends
Sunday 15 September, 2019
Venue Address
245 Wilson Street

Sydney, ,

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