One of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney is pleased to announce Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran’s new solo exhibition,‘False Gods’on26 October – 16 November 2019.
Featuring new ceramic works, ‘False Gods’ is a dramatic, large scale installation of larger-than-life sculptures of multiple fictional god-like and mythological figures that take their forms from studies of chickens, monkeys, fish and the human anatomy.
The exhibition signals a new stylistic direction for the artist, who was recently awarded a Sidney Myer Creative Fellowship in recognition of outstanding talent and exceptional courage in his artistic practice.
‘False Gods’ presents some of the artist’s largest works to date, while extending his explorations of Western dualisms, anthropomorphism, post-humanism and gender politics. The exhibition takes its title from a recent essay on Nithiyendran’s practice, by ABC Radio National’s Daniel Browning, and considers idolatry and the monument in the context of figurative sculpture, religion and contemporary culture.
While the works are primarily made from ceramic media, the artist also incorporates neon, LED, optic fibre, synthetic hair, perspex, concrete, digitally printed fabric and metal. The use of lighting as an element of expression – a vernacular typically associated with advertising and material and digital cultures – is the result of collaboration with lighting designer, Mark Dyson.
Nithiyendran’s sculptural works creatively explore ways of thinking beyond the binary models and dualisms at the heart of Western philosophy and raise questions about the potential of rethinking these with reference to Eastern and other global philosophies.
‘False Gods’ is on view at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney from 26 October – 16 November 2019. Entry is free. For more information, please visit www.sullivanstrumpf.com/artists/ramesh-mario
OPENING Saturday, 26 October 3–5pm.
PANEL DISCUSSION Saturday, 16 November from 3pm.
Please join us for a panel discussion with artists Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran and Tim Silver, led by cultural historian and critic Professor Paul Gladston, to discuss their new solo exhibitions, ‘False Gods’ and ‘The Distance Between Us’.