Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney

Tim Silver: ‘The Distance Between Us’

One of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, Sullivan+Strumpf is pleased to announce ‘The Distance Between Us’ – a new solo exhibition by multidisciplinary Sydney artist Tim Silver, opening at its Sydney gallery on 26 October – 16 November 2019.

‘The Distance Between Us’, 2019, presents a series of new figurative sculptures that draw on the relationships between people, objects, spaces and time, and explore the connections between our past and present, through the process of casting.

The sculptural works, created using glass, bronze, copper, steel and ash, are presented in pairs, which is suggestive of the narratives and connections that lie between the two figures and the times and spaces they occupy.

‘The Distance Between Us’ delves deeper into Silver’s exploration of time and decay. The artist furthers his contemplation of mortality with a series of sculptures that draw on the ancient tradition of casing to express the beauty and fragility of human life.

These contemporary artefacts reflect the histories of casting and the preservation and decay of corpses, referencing events such as the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which buried the ancient Roman city of Pompeii under a thick carpet of volcanic ash and the Andean tradition of honouring the dead in the time of the Inca Empire.

Silver considers the speculative narratives that emerge following the discovery of preserved bodies, questioning how the past is understood in the present. As past bodies continue to be strewn in throughout our present, a constant relationship exists between the past and present.

The work in this exhibition has been generously supported by The Australia Council for the Arts with a New Work Grant.

‘The Distance Between Us’ is on view at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney from 26 October – 16 November 2019. Entry is free. For more information, please visit

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’.

Event starts
Saturday 26 October, 2019
Event ends
Saturday 16 November, 2019
Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney
Venue Address
799 Elizabeth St, Zetland, Sydney NSW

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