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Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney announces Tim Silver’s solo exhibition: '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.
Sullivan+Strumpf, co-founder and director, Joanna Strumpf says 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,” said Strumpf.
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 Distance Between Us is on view at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney from 26 October – 16 November 2019. Entry is free. For more information, please visit https://www.sullivanstrumpf.com/exhibitions/new-exhibition-2/the-distance-between-us/art/works
The Distance Between Us, 2019
Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney, 799 Elizabeth St, Zetland NSW
26 October – 16 November 2019
Opening Saturday, 26 October 3–5pm. Artist talk from 5.30pm.
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Sullivan+Strumpf is one of Asia-Pacific’s leading contemporary art galleries, representing the most engaging Australian and international artists of our time. Founded in 2005 by co-directors Ursula Sullivan and Joanna Strumpf, Sullivan+Strumpf has spaces in Sydney and Singapore and represents 38 established and emerging artists and artist estates from across the Asia-Pacific and East Asia. The gallery presents an ambitious program of diverse exhibitions, publications and talks, and an international art fair schedule spanning Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan. Sullivan+Strumpf has proudly helped to foster the careers of some of the most significant contemporary artists in the region and remains dedicated to supporting artists to realise their visions and forge long-term artistic careers. www.sullivanstrumpf.com
Tim Silver Bio
The multidisciplinary practice of Sydney-based artist Tim Silver is inextricably hinged on time, both conceptually and materially. Working across sculpture, photography and installation, Silver explores the interface between time and decay, particularly in relation to the human body. His sculptures are often made from entropic materials, such as fairy floss and putty, which begin to decompose from the moment of their assembly. By photographically capturing these stages of decay, the artist presents us with a microcosmic image of our own inevitable trajectory towards death. There is a paradoxical beauty that emerges from within the warped and crumbled forms, precipitating a poignant awareness of the preciousness and fragility of human life.
Silver’s works are held in many important collections, including Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Australia Council for the Arts; Mint Museum, North Carolina, United States; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Ten Cubed Collection, Melbourne and University of Queensland Art Museum Collection, Brisbane.
Selected solo and group exhibitions include Primavera at 25: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia Collection, Murrary Art Museum, Albury (2017); Yinchuan Biennale: For an Image, Faster than Light, Museum of Contemporary Art Yinchuan, China, (2016); You Promised Me Poems, Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney (2016); Oneirophrenia, Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne (2016); Talking to the Shadows, McClelland Sculpture Park & Gallery, Langwarrin (2015); Tim Silver, Ten Cubed Collection, Melbourne (2013); Seven Points (Part Two): Daniel Boyd, Newell Harry, Kate Mitchell, Tim Silver, Embassy of Australia, Washington DC (2013); We used to talk about love, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2013); Parallel Collisions, 2012 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; and I-lands, Kunsthallen brandts, Copenhagen, Denmark (2009).