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Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See Ocula Report Art Basel in Hong Kong: Exhibitions to See 23 Mar 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

For those visiting during Art Basel in Hong Kong (29–31 March 2019), the smell of fresh paint may still be in the air at the latest heritage conservation project, The Mills, which opened on 16 March to encompass the Centre for Heritage, Arts and Textiles (CHAT), joining the ranks with ex-prison complex Tai Kwun, along with Eaton HK—a retro...

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Firenze Lai Ocula Conversation Firenze Lai

Firenze Lai says that she knows her studio of a few hundred square feet intimately; from the textures of its surfaces to the way the breeze blows into the room. The spaces depicted in her paintings are equally intimate. When curators seem to be at a loss for words to discuss troubled times, fear of containment, and the feeling of being completely...

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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Darren Almond

b. 1971, United Kingdom

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.

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.

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Featured Artworks

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Fullmoon@Nabae Coast by Darren Almond contemporary artwork Darren AlmondFullmoon@Nabae Coast, 2008 C-print faced mounted onto acrylic
186 x 186 x 5 cm (incl frame)
SCAI The Bathhouse
Drawing V by Darren Almond contemporary artwork Darren AlmondDrawing V, 2018 Pigment ink and pencil on silk screened Arches somerset paper
95.3 x 75 cm
PKM Gallery
Drawing IV by Darren Almond contemporary artwork Darren AlmondDrawing IV, 2018 Pigment ink and pencil on silk screened Arches somerset paper
75 x 95.3 cm
PKM Gallery
Sometimes by Darren Almond contemporary artwork Darren AlmondSometimes, 2017 Bronze
26 x 113 x 1.5 cm
PKM Gallery
Reflect Within IV by Darren Almond contemporary artwork Darren AlmondReflect Within IV, 2018 Acrylic on mirrored glass
PKM Gallery
Reflect Within III by Darren Almond contemporary artwork Darren AlmondReflect Within III, 2018 Acrylic on mirrored glass
PKM Gallery
Drawing III by Darren Almond contemporary artwork Darren AlmondDrawing III, 2018 Pigment ink and pencil on silk screened Arches somerset paper
95.3 x 75 cm
PKM Gallery
Drawing II by Darren Almond contemporary artwork Darren AlmondDrawing II, 2018 Pigment ink and pencil on silk screened Arches somerset paper
95.3 x 75 cm
PKM Gallery

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 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 at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo Ocula Insight Darren Almond at SCAI The Bathhouse, Tokyo 1 March 2016

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

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 The New York Times : 12 September 2018

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 Aesthetica Magazine : 21 February 2017

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 CAFA art info : 18 February 2016

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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