Sullivan+Strumpf presents Baden Pailthorpe's Asset Pack

Published by: Sarah Shields - the Fold PR | 23-Sep-2019
One of Asia-Pacific's leading contemporary art galleries, Sullivan+Strumpf is proud to present Asset Pack - a new solo exhibition in Sydney by one of Australia's most exciting digital artists, Baden Pailthorpe from 27 September to 19 October 2019.
Venue: Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney
Address: 799 Elizabeth St Zetland, Sydney NSW 2017 Australia
Date: 27 September - 19 October 2019
Time: 10am - 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
As part of a generation of artists whose practice is shaped by Internet culture, Pailthorpe is known for hyper-real animations, video and sculpture that engage with the spatiality of power, politics and the cultures of late capitalism.

Asset Pack intensifies this examination by reinterpreting the material culture of digital marketplaces through a series of real-time animations, computer sculptures, physical textures, speculative objects and a large-scale light installation.

"An asset can be any element of a digital program - including 2D and 3D models, sound effects, code or templates, and even complete projects that can be used by software platforms such as smartphone applications or video games. These assets or asset packs can be bought and sold by creators and make up a significant part of the digital economy," said artist Baden Pailthorpe.

Generative animations depict a series of readymade collections of virtual objects, programmed with spatially intelligent algorithms, while a series of extreme computer sculptures blur the boundaries of aesthetic experience and functionality. Through these artworks, Pailthorpe unites a collection of physical and virtual assets that together create new systems of meaning. He recontextualises these objects and redefines their potential as artefacts of our contemporary moment.

Sullivan+Strumpf, co-founder and director, Ursula Sullivan says the exhibition greatly expands Pailthorpe's practice to-date.

"Baden's work has always been mind-bending, but for this exhibition he merges the flat animated world with the actual 3D world, making his dystopic vision an immersive visual feast. There is no one in Australia working at this high level of futuristic social commentary within digital art forms. It will be a show not to be missed," said Sullivan.

Asset Pack is on view at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney from 27 September to 19 October 2019. Entry is free. For more information, please visit

Exhibition Details
Asset Pack, 2019
Baden Pailthorpe
Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney, 799 Elizabeth St, Zetland NSW
27 September - 19 October 2019

Opening event on Friday, 27 September at 6-8pm, including artist talk at 5:30pm.

About Sullivan+Strumpf

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.

About Baden Pailthorpe

Baden Pailthorpe (b. 1984) is part of a generation of artists whose practice is shaped by Internet culture. He holds a Ph.D from the University of New South Wales, an MFA from l'Université Paris VIII, an MA from COFA and a BA from the University of Sydney. Much of Baden Pailthorpe's work consists of hyper-real animations, video and sculpture that engage with the spatiality of power, politics and the cultures of late-capitalism. In 2013, Baden was invited to be the inaugural artist in residence at the Australian War Memorial, where he produced his most significant body of work to date: Spatial Operations (2015).

More recently, he has been awarded an Asialink/Australia Council residency with the renowned Japanese digital art collective teamLab. Baden has also been awarded residencies at Screen Space, Melbourne and the Cité Inernationale des Arts, Paris, where he developed a performance work for the Centre Pompidou in 2014.

Baden's 2018 exhibition, Clanger,at UTS Art, University of Technology Sydney resulted from Pailthorpe's Australian Network for Art and Technology (ANAT) 2017 Synapse Artist Residency. Clanger paired the statistical tracking of AFL player performance with the emotional intensities of the crowd, using anonymous player and crowd data captured during the 2017 AFL Round 23 Swans v Carlton game. The exhibition program included a round table discussion which considered the relationship between competitive sport and creativity.

Significant exhibitions include ENTER, Lyon Housemuseum (2019); Pitch Deck, Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney and Singapore (2017); GAME ART/VIDEO, 21st Triennale di Milano, Milan (2016); Spatial Operations, Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle, (2015); Guarding the Home Front, Casula Powerhouse, Sydney (2015); Students of War, Hors Pistes, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (2014); On Return and What Remains, Artspace, Sydney (2014) & CACSA, Adelaide (2015); Cadence, Westspace (2014); Moving_Image 10, La Gaîté Lyrique, Paris (2013); and Rencontres Internationales, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2012).

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