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With Monsoon Melody on view at WIELS, Brussels, her largest solo exhibition to date, Thao Nguyen Phan discusses her transition to film to explore colonial legacies and ecological destruction in Vietnam.

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Los Angeles' art scene has a lot to offer during Frieze Los Angeles, with galleries, non-profits, and museums gearing up for the fair's second edition between 14 and 17 February 2020. In this Ocula Lowdown, Tessa Moldan lists a selection of the city's must-see shows.

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Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Ocula Insight Jaki Irvine's Manifesto on Life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin Apoorva Rajagopal, Dublin

Ack Ro' , Jaki Irvine's reflection on the fragility of life at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin, is an 'ambitious, holistic installation' staged like a 'wild disarray of interconnected yet fragmented pieces'.

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b. 1971, United Kingdom

Darren Almond Biography

Darren Almond is an English artist for whom the concept of time forms the crux of his work, particularly its fleeting and ephemeral qualities, and how they relate to space, history, memory, and the individual. He uses a wide range of media, including photography, film, installations, and sculpture, to produce highly abstract works that are both recognisable and uncertain, unfathomable, yet absolutely certain.

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Almond addresses several aspects of time, such as the notions of waiting and duration, by building up certain tensions. The central theme of time becomes more apparent the longer one views his works, for the anticipation for resolution also rises. But herein lies a fundamental aspect of Almond’s abstraction that is difficult to resolve. Is time beyond our comprehension or is it simply our own construction? How can it be accurately measured if we have no definitive beginning and end points? By utilising such weighty, unanswerable debates, Almond gives his seemingly simple landscapes and journeys a deep sense of mysticism and ambiguity.

To give these concepts a visual grounding, Almond works with landscapes and other geographical locations, places that are often difficult to reach and isolated from the wider world. For his 'Fullmoon' series, which began in 1998, Almond has photographed landscapes on every continent under moonlight, using exposures of between 12 to 30 minutes to drastically change the nature of the landscape. The sky appears as if lit by the sun and edges are softened and appear more sculptural, while plants and rocks attain a dreamlike, haunting appearance, transmuting the landscapes to those of a young planet Earth. These works do not go through a post-production process, yet the pieces are rich in colour, almost appearing to have been hand-applied. They show how by allowing the landscapes to be exposed to extended time, new surfaces and colours are revealed that would ordinarily be hidden.

Almond also explores the relationship between time and humanity, focusing particularly on how we utilise time to organise society, and how it affects us. Almond’s films often observe a subject and their actions over a period of time. One example is Bearing, which follows a sulphur miner in Indonesia on his journey from the bottom of a crater that is producing plumes of yellow smoke, to a weighing station. The sculptures that Almond produces also deal with this relationship, often commenting on the mechanised way in which humans attempt to quantify the passage of time and use it. Of interest is the system of clocking in and out of work at specified times. He examines it by lining up hundreds of digital clocks on a wall, every single clock a constant reminder of the unstoppable movement of time.

Darren Almond was born in 1971 in Wigan, U.K. and graduated from the Winchester School of Art with a BA (hons) in Fine Arts in 1993. Beginning with an exhibition in 1995 at Great Western Studios in London,  Almond’s solo shows include those held at The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 1999; Tate Britain, London, 2001; Kunsthalle Zürich, 2001; K21, Düsseldorf, 2005; SITE Santa Fe, 2007; White Cube, London, 2010; Sala Alcalá 31, Madrid Château Gallery, Domaine Régional de Chaumont-sur-Loire, 2012, Bloomberg Space, London, 2014; and White Cube, Hong Kong, 2016. He has also exhibited his works at the Berlin Biennale, 2001; Venice Biennale, 2003, the Turner Prize, Tate Britain, 2005 (for which he was a nominee); and the Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, London and Frac Lorraine, Metz, 2009.

Darren Almond lives and works in London, U.K.

Darren Almond Featured Artworks

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Fullmoon@Nabae Coast by Darren Almond contemporary artwork
Darren AlmondFullmoon@Nabae Coast, 2008C-print faced mounted onto acrylic
186 x 186 x 5 cm (incl frame)
SCAI The Bathhouse Enquire about this work
Fullmoon@Nabae Coast by Darren Almond contemporary artwork
Darren AlmondFullmoon@Nabae Coast, 2008C-print faced mounted onto acrylic
186 x 186 x 5 cm (incl frame)
SCAI The Bathhouse Enquire about this work
Drawing V by Darren Almond contemporary artwork
Darren AlmondDrawing V, 2018Pigment ink and pencil on silk screened Arches somerset paper
95.3 x 75 cm
PKM Gallery Enquire about this work
Drawing IV by Darren Almond contemporary artwork
Darren AlmondDrawing IV, 2018Pigment ink and pencil on silk screened Arches somerset paper
75 x 95.3 cm
PKM Gallery Enquire about this work
Sometimes by Darren Almond contemporary artwork
Darren AlmondSometimes, 2017Bronze
26 x 113 x 1.5 cm
PKM Gallery Enquire about this work
Reflect Within IV by Darren Almond contemporary artwork
Darren AlmondReflect Within IV, 2018Acrylic on mirrored glass
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Fullmoon@Obase by Darren Almond contemporary artwork
Darren AlmondFullmoon@Obase, 2008C print mounted onto aluminium with aluminium white frame
128 x 128 cm (incl frame)
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Timescape 03:25 by Darren Almond contemporary artwork
Darren AlmondTimescape 03:25, 2016-2017Aquacryl and gouache on aluminium
113 x 154 x 4 cm
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Darren Almond Recent Exhibitions

Contemporary art exhibition, Darren Almond, Darren Almond at PKM Gallery, Seoul
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15 November 2018–20 January 2019 Darren Almond PKM Gallery, Seoul
Contemporary art exhibition, Darren Almond, Tatsuo Miyajima, Mariko Mori, Group Exhibition at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
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28 August–15 September 2018 Darren Almond, Tatsuo Miyajima, Mariko Mori Group Exhibition SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Darren Almond, Within The Shadow of The Sun at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo
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5 February–5 March 2016 Darren Almond Within The Shadow of The Sun SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo

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Darren Almond In Ocula Magazine

Darren Almond at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo Ocula Insight Darren Almond at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo

Using both traditional and new media, Darren Almond explores personal and collective visions of time. He questions how such a concept may be understood within the limits of human perception, using research conducted at specific sites to inform his perspectives. For this purpose he often travels to vast, meditative landscapes such as that of the...

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Darren Almond In Related Press

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Antique photogravure process goes modern at Crown Point Press Related Press Antique photogravure process goes modern at Crown Point Press 13 November 2018, Datebook

From across the gallery, the four framed prints of architectural ruins look like vintage black-and-white photographs. But a photograph is just the start for what you are seeing at Crown Point Press.

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The Meaning of the Moon, From the Incas to the Space Race Related Press The Meaning of the Moon, From the Incas to the Space Race 12 September 2018, The New York Times

COPENHAGEN — Outside Denmark's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art on a recent late-summer morning, a few sunstruck visitors were sprawling on the turf of the sculpture garden, between monumental outdoor works by Alexander Calder and Richard Serra.

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Temporal Landscapes Related Press Temporal Landscapes 21 February 2017, Aesthetica Magazine

Concerns with time, space, history and landscape inform the practice of British artist Darren Almond (b. 1971). Exploring how these different dimensions intersect and how we inhabit them, his images capture an interest in subjective, liminal experiences that play on the foundations of our perception and knowledge. An exhibition, at Mudam...

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White Cube announces Darren Almond's latest solo show to be presented in Hong Kong Related Press White Cube announces Darren Almond's latest solo show to be presented in Hong Kong 18 February 2016, CAFA art info

White Cube Hong Kong is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Darren Almond. This is Almond’s first exhibition in Hong Kong and includes two new series of paintings and new sculpture. From Almond’s very first live-broadcast work in 1996 titled A Real Time Piece, to later video and photographic works, an understanding of...

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