Hemispheres and Continents
Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Darren Almond, opening Friday, February 1st in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street.
Darren Almond: Hemispheres & Continents includes sixteen photographs made between 2002 and 2012 on all seven continents and the Arctic Circle. The photographs are part of Almond’s Fullmoon series, made at night, with exposures lasting between 15 and 60 minutes allowing the light of the full moon to illuminate massive ice shelves, African micro-climates and Japanese meadows in full bloom. This exhibition marks the first time that Almond’s images from all of the continents are on view simultaneously. By setting the camera in complete darkness and forgoing technical control, the artist relies on his prior study of the landscape to produce these images.
In addition to the photographs, the exhibition includes a new sculpture titled Johns Radiometer. Believed to be the world’s largest radiometer, the moving parts of the sculpture measure electromagnetic wavelength. When exposed to light or radiation, the metal vanes within the hand-blown glass sculpture spin. Seen together, the two distinct bodies of work articulate Almond’s persistent engagement with time, place and the elements in ways both literal and figurative.
Darren Almond (b. 1971) lives and works in London and began exhibiting his work publicly in 1991. He has had one-person museum exhibitions at Tate Britain, London; the Kunsthalle Zürich; de Appel Centre for Contemporary Art, Amsterdam; The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; and SITE Santa Fe, among others. Almond participated in the 2003 Venice Biennale and, in 2011, Almond’s work was featured on a billboard overlooking Chelsea’s High Line Park. Hemispheres and Continents will be his sixth one-person exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery since 2000.