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Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something
Darren Sylvester, Who you are or how I meet you, I don’t know, 2007, digital type C print, 90 x 120 cm. Collection of the artist, Melbourne , © Darren Sylvester.

Darren Sylvester »

Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something

Exhibition: 1 Mar – 30 Jun 2019

NGV National Gallery of Victoria International

180 St Kilda Road, PO Box 7259
VIC 8004 Melbourne

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Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something
Darren Sylvester, What happens will happen #3, 2010,
digital type C print, 120.0 x 90.0 cm,
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. © Darren Sylvester.

Darren Sylvester: Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something is the Melbourne-based contemporary artist’s first large-scale solo exhibition in a public institution. Bringing together works spanning the entire twenty years of his career, this exhibition is a timely and unique opportunity to review Sylvester’s practice and reveals his continued discussions on desirability, authenticity and mortality, all presented in a high-gloss finish.

Sylvester is a truly multidisciplinary artist who works in staged photography, sculpture, video, installation, performance and music. Everything he creates is the result of a detailed process of planning and research, with handmade sets and props photographed in studio to resemble high street fashion campaigns and sculptural fabrications that twist subjects ranging from fast food design to an astronaut space suit to the moon itself.

Sylvester’s practice is controlled, autodidactic and constantly evolving. It represents a detailed knowledge of and interest in pop culture, pop music, advertising, cinema, fashion, our relationships with each other and perhaps most significantly, our place in the universe.

Hopes and dreams, work conundrums, loss and longing, fear of death – these are subjects that appear time and time again. Aspects of his work appropriate and transform well-known products as ‘readymades’ as a way of looking at the ways we live with, and are shaped by, branding. NGV audiences will remember the artist’s pulsating dancefloor For you, 2013, presented as part of the Melbourne Now exhibition, that enabled people to dance within a stylised ‘make-up compact’.

Carve a Future, Devour Everything, Become Something
Darren Sylvester 'If all we have is each other, that's OK' 2003, printed 2004 digital type C print, ed. 1/2 90.0 x 119.7 cm
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Purchased through funds arranged by Loti Smorgon for Contemporary Australian Photography, 2004 (2004.552) © Darren Sylvester