Sydney Contemporary 2022
For the 2022 edition of Sydney Contemporary, 1301SW and STARKWHITE will present a group of significant works by internationally acclaimed artists working across both galleries.
This includes Billy Apple’s noteworthy piece AC / DC (Artist’s Cut / Dealer’s Cut) (1986), which will be the first Australian presentation of the esteemed artist since his passing in 2021. This work exemplifies Apple’s conceptual re-contextualisation, here crafting a multifaceted definition for the recognisable title, while making “divine proportions” or a “golden ratio” of the canvas for commercial division — a dotted line cut at the 61.8/38.2 mark, 38.2 percent being the dealers’ cut.
Jonny Niesche will present his new lightboxes, works reminiscent of his beloved paintings in Voile, but extending (or simply adjusting) the sensory stimulation viewers are accustomed to. The dialogue between these two pictorial forms will offer a criss-crossing duel of light, material and surface.
This play with pictorial forms, their materiality and surface will also be seen in new work by German artist Gerold Miller. Miller’s works attempt to pinpoint where sculptural space ends and the painted image begins, utilising an aluminium base coated in matte or glossy lacquer to present bold monochromatic tones.
Another notable dialogue within the 1301SW and STARKWHITE booth will be the presentation of two artists who are arguably Australia and New Zealand’s most acclaimed photographers, Bill Henson and Fiona Pardington. Sitting side-by-side, historically significant works will showcase the artists’ distinct engagements with atmosphere, allegory and attraction.
We look forward to sharing further highlights as they are confirmed.
Image. Gerold Miller, set 507, 2018, lacquered steel, 60 x 48 x 3.5cm