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May 14, 2018

Only one month left to view the 21st Biennale of Sydney

The 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, is entering its final month and will conclude on Monday 11 June 2018. With 70 artists from 35 countries presented across seven venues across inner Sydney, the art team at Biennale Principal Partner TWT Property Group offers tips on how to explore the exhibition over a weekend.

The guide is for Biennale visitors wishing to experience a taste of all seven venues with suggestions from Ariel Zhang, Manager of Arts Initiatives at TWT and Natalia Bradshaw, TWT’s Art Advisor and Curator.

The 21st Biennale of Sydney, SUPERPOSITION: Equilibrium & Engagement, is entering its final month and will conclude on Monday 11 June 2018. With 70 artists from 35 countries presented across seven venues across inner Sydney, the art team at Biennale Principal Partner TWT Property Group offers tips on how to explore the exhibition over a weekend.

The guide is for Biennale visitors wishing to experience a taste of all seven venues with suggestions from Ariel Zhang, Manager of Arts Initiatives at TWT and Natalia Bradshaw, TWT’s Art Advisor and Curator.

Ariel Zhang, Manager of Arts Initiatives at TWT identified her must-see work as Law of the Journey, Ai Weiwei’s vast 60-metre long inflatable boat located downs the steps in the docks precinct: “Filled with 258 sculptures of anonymous refugees, it is created from the same material used for the vessels that ferry refugees across the Mediterranean Sea to Greece. Take time to read the quotes on freedom, to breath in the heady smell of rubber, and to take note of the conversations – some fraught, some dejected — happening between the still, silent figures.”

Natalia Bradshaw, TWT’s Art Advisor and Curator noted Ciara Phillip’s work as a favourite: “I loved Ciara Phillips’s Workshop which transforms an entire room in the MCA into a printing workshop where members of the community are invited to make art alongside the artist. Not only is the workshop an opportunity to be playful, it also has a serious remit: to comment on the historical use of printmaking politically.”

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May 9, 2018

Carriageworks presents Australian premiere of large-scale installation by Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda

Images: Ryoji Ikeda, The Planck Universe [macro], 2015, 3 DLP video projectors, computers, speakers. Image Martin Wagenham, courtesy of ZKM Karlsruhe.

This July 5 – 29, Carriageworks presents the Australian premiere of two large-scale audio-visual installations by acclaimed Japanese electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda. The free exhibition, titled micro | macro, explores the intersection of art and quantum physics and will be the third major installation presented by the artist at the Redfern-based multi-arts institution.

Images: Ryoji Ikeda, The Planck Universe [macro], 2015, 3 DLP video projectors, computers, speakers. Image Martin Wagenham, courtesy of ZKM Karlsruhe.

This July 5 – 29, Carriageworks presents the Australian premiere of two large-scale audio-visual installations by acclaimed Japanese electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda. The free exhibition, titled micro | macro, explores the intersection of art and quantum physics and will be the third major installation presented by the artist at the Redfern-based multi-arts institution.

Presented in a theatrical context and covering 172.8 square metres of exhibition space inside Carriageworks, the first work titled the planck universe [micro] explores the building blocks of matter and is a representation of nature that is infinitesimally small, brought to human scale by enlarging it by a measure of 10-35m.

The second installation in the exhibition, the planck universe [macro], features an immense wall projection over 10 metres tall, that seeks to depict nature, scanned from human scale to the cosmological scale beyond our observable universe. The installation explores expressive new forms at the frontier of the visual arts and promises to immerse visitors.

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May 1, 2018

French artist Daniel Buren to present first major exhibition in Australia at Carriageworks

Image: Photo-souvenir, Daniel Buren, COMME UN JEU D’ENFANT, TRAVAUX IN SITU, presentation view, detail, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France, 2014. Image courtesy and © DB and ADAGP Paris.

Acclaimed French conceptual artist Daniel Buren will present a large-scale installation as the fourth major international artist project in the Schwartz Carriageworks series. Daniel Buren will travel to Sydney to present the Australian premiere of his work Like Child’s Play, at Carriageworks from 7 July until 12 August 2018.

Image: Photo-souvenir, Daniel Buren, COMME UN JEU D’ENFANT, TRAVAUX IN SITU, presentation view, detail, Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, France, 2014. Image courtesy and © DB and ADAGP Paris.

Acclaimed French conceptual artist Daniel Buren will present a large-scale installation as the fourth major international artist project in the Schwartz Carriageworks series. Daniel Buren will travel to Sydney to present the Australian premiere of his work Like Child’s Play, at Carriageworks from 7 July until 12 August 2018.

The installation at Carriageworks, Like Child’s Play, is inspired by German educational theorist Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel’s famous children’s wooden block toys. Buren’s work features 100 upscaled blocks, arches, triangles and pediments. The installation plays with scale so that objects, that as children, we towered over, now dwarf us. The blocks echo the shapes of house and towers and are laid out to reflect the city beyond the walls of the gallery.

Buren arranges the works to create sight lines through the space. When we look into the void of one object we are looking through a tunnel made of several blocks lined by Buren’s iconic stripes, each 8.7cm wide, which the artist has featured in his work since the mid 1960s. While half the exhibition space is a riot of colour, this is juxtaposed with the minimalist look of the other half with its white floor and white blocks. Throughout his career, Buren has created artworks that complicate the relationship between art and the structures that frame it. His work questions how we look and perceive, and the way space can be used, appropriated, and revealed in its social and physical nature. The neat geometric forms of Buren’s work will sit against the vast scale of Carriageworks.

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