WON
DARREN SYLVESTER

27 AUGUST - 29 AUGUST

Opening night 6pm Wednesday 27 August

The smell of flowers.
A cream curtain with gold and bronze.
A red carpet.
A microphone to amplify your voice.
A photograph while talking about yourself.
Heaven on Earth.

WON is rebuilt as the Oscar Award winners' acceptance speech area, a place reserved for celebrities, actors and winners. Designed only for television, it is an altar to display modern deities. Viewers find themselves in a set with wool backdrops, flowers, red carpet, bright lights and a microphone, like a modern conch shell to address and speak to the crowds.

Darren Sylvester's wide re-reaching multidisciplinary practice involves photography, sculpture, video, music production and performance. Usually involving a wide range of pop culture elements and narratives, each medium is given a high-end production sheen or twist to be transformed into a discussion on contemporary ennui, pathos and mortality that is direct yet inherent with levels of complexity. Sylvester exhibits nationally and internationally. Selected solo shows include Dreams End With You, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2014); Darren Sylvester, VOLTA NY, Soho, New York (2013), and Take Me To You, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA), Singapore (2010). Recent group exhibitions include Melbourne Now, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); NGV Studio: Wired for Melbourne Sound, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013); We used to talk about love: Balnaves Contemporary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2013); Lumens Festival: Curating the Ancient City, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China (2012) and Like, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2012). Sylvester won the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award for 2011. His work is held in a number of public collections such as the Queensland Art Gallery, Art Gallery of Western Australia and National Gallery of Australia. In 2013 he released his second solo album Off By Heart through Chapter Music.

Darren Sylvester appears courtesy of Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney

ALASKA Projects will have special opening hours of 1-6pm on Thursday 28 August and Friday 29 August for this show.

Flowers supported by Dr Cooper Studio.

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RESTAGING RESTAGING

Restaging Restaging is a series of eight 20-minute performances at Alaska Projects, Sydney, in 2014. With specific emphasis on context, artistic process and audience reception, we, curators Brian Fuata, Jess Olivieri and Sarah Rodigari, are artists working within this medium whose choice of performers is motivated by the context of Sydney; as audience, as artists, as writers, curators and academics.

We are interested in the 20-minute performance that solidly emerged in the mid-90s on the global performance theatre scenes as a framework. Borrowing from this theatrical setup (partly because these performances were often located specifically inside a theatre, physically and conceptually in terms of its reception), these concise performances share the poetic and physical space of the short story or film.

Historically, performance artists have sought to challenge the culture of the art object and the institutions that frame it by expanding the material focus, and subsequently, to introduce value systems that include the ephemeral. Capitalism is fucked. lol. Excellent.

Performance is now firmly part of the cultural hegemony as an experience-based commodity. The capitalist aura of the object now includes the very object’s disappearance or substitute. Once politicised within different disciplinary histories of dance, theatre, visual art, it has merged as a new field of discourse as well as entering the institutional realm of contemporary art.

Here now, we present a small array of performance with an earnest ideological purity of genuine interdisciplinary exchange. We let this be the simple aim of establishing a local discourse, where our current and immediate context is the crucial ingredient.

Eight artists will use the 20-minute form across disciplines ranging from visual arts, music, dance and design. The artists have been grouped into four pairs and will appear as double bills spread throughout the year at Alaska Projects.

NEXT UP:

31.08.2014
Matthew Prest 6.30 - 6.50
Frances Barrett 7 - 7.20
Amelia Groom Text

Curators: Brian Fuata, Jess Olivieri, Sarah Rodigari
Presented by ALASKA PROJECTS

Supported by Australia Council For the Arts