Sydney Contemporary, the art fair at the forefront of everybody’s minds which (now annually) brings the best of the best from Australasia and beyond to Carriageworks and its surrounding suburbs, has just announced their official lineup of installation artists for Installation Contemporary. One sub-heading of the diverse celebration of modern art, Installation Contemporary will see both Australian and International artists using the unique surrounds of Carriageworks to execute large-scale public displays in a variety of media.
From digital displays to handcrafted installations, curators Rachel Kent and Megan Robson have enlisted various talent in the form of established and celebrated artists Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Nike Savvas and Maio Motoko , as well as a younger generation of artists including Richard Lewer, Lara Merrett, Sanné Mestrom and teamLab.
“Although Installation Contemporary 2017 embraces diverse materials and approaches, a number of connections and shared concerns can be seen across the exhibition. Colour plays a significant role in artworks that draw inspiration from both the natural and urban environment. Traditional knowledge, designs and processes are explored in works that unite the past with the present” says Kent, who spends the rest of her time at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney’s Circular Quay.
“Individual works comprise of tactile materials such as vintage kimono fabric, timber, hand-dyed silk or clay. Elsewhere artists make use of everyday materials or found objects, while recent technological advances are reflected in screen-based digital artworks, as well as works that employ new industrial fabrication techniques.”
A few standouts to look for this year include a five-metre long diptych by highly lauded Aboriginal artist Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Locust Jones’ towering vertical paper scroll drawing, and a digital artwork by Japanese collective teamLab, created continuously in real time in increments of hours, days and years.
Sydney Contemporary Director Barry Keldoulis says “Our ambitious Installation Contemporary program is a robust complement to the 2017 edition of Sydney Contemporary, that will feature more than 80 leading Australian and international exhibitors from around the Pacific Rim and further afield including China, The Philippines, Singapore, Chile and New Zealand.”
Sydney Contemporary runs from the 7th to the 10th of September in Redfern’s Carriageworks, and surrounding locations.
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