Cube - Darren Almond
Almond has often made
work about his own particular journeys whereby the physical and geographic
process remains indelible or inherent in the final objects themselves.
In 2000, the artist undertook a transatlantic journey with a flip clock,
the size and shape of a standard sea container, which continuously recorded
Greenwich Mean Time despite its location at the time. The work was exhibited
in New York, its final destination, and housed alone in a gallery, where
the viewer was confronted by the momentous sound of every slowly ticking
second, with each number crashing as the clock recorded the ineffable,
and terrifying passage of time.
Almond’s haunting film of Antarctica has its own distinct ambience and formal rectitude. The film in itself is a kind of journey, echoing the different mental states that the artist experienced whilst on location, moving from a straightforward recording in the face of the immense and sheer physicality of the Antarctic (an arena condensed into pure elemental – solid, liquid and gas - where the latitude of human existence is removed) to a kind of blissed-out hallucinatory vision, a reversed and inverted recording of the liquid and limpid movement of ice floes, appearing like clouds, scudding across the screen and back again. At times, the picture dissolves into hazy and abstract clouds of shade and tone, appearing like a colour field painting with Antarctica becoming a huge, stained canvas.
Darren Almond has exhibited internationally with solo exhibitions at Tate Britain, Kunsthalle Zurich, Switzerland and The Renaissance Society, Chicago. The Public Art Development Trust recently commissioned a new work for the Fourth Wall project that was screened at London’s South Bank in 2002.
An illustrated catalogue will be available during the exhibition. For further information please contact Honey Luard or Susannah Hyman on 020 7930 5373.
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