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AMPLIFY brings large-scale art to Carriageworks

EVELEIGH: Over four days in September, Carriageworks will host Sydney Contemporary’s AMPLIFY, which is staging 16 large-scale installations from renowned contemporary artists including Peta Clancy, Mikala Dwyer, Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro, Vincent Namatjira and Kathy Temin.

Sydney Contemporary is Australasia’s premier art fair. Its newly named contemporary installation program, AMPLIFY, presents an opportunity to view innovative, site-specific, and interactive installations from September 8 to 11.

Annika Kristensen, AMPLIFY Curator said, “Amidst the atmosphere and hustle of the art fair, the works for AMPLIFY serve as interstices or interruptions, offering moments of curiosity, whimsy, exuberance, respite, and reflection. From a live site-specific drawing to portraits of the audience generated from AI – and across an array of media including sculpture, projection, painting, textiles and moving image – the installations variously reflect upon their surrounding environment: engaging with the time and conditions of their making, the unique architecture of the Carriageworks building, and interacting directly with the context of, and visitors to, the fair.”

The sixth edition of the Sydney Contemporary art fair (which includes AMPLIFY) will present over 90 leading Australian and New Zealand galleries exhibiting the work of over 450 artists hailing from 34 countries.

Peta Clancy’s photographic series Undercurrent will be projected on the exterior façade of Carriageworks. To create her highly acclaimed Undercurrent series (2018-19), Clancy collaborated with the Dja Dja Wurrung community during a 12-month residency at the Koorie Heritage Trust. These soft, blushing landscapes are half out of focus and have alluringly dissonant colours. Clancy sets her lens on re-directed waterways in Dja Dja Wurrung country that submerge the sites of Indigenous massacres, capturing a seemingly serene landscape that masks the dark past of colonial frontier wars. (Presented by Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney.)

Callum Morton, The End #3, 2020. Photo: Luis Power, courtesy the artist and RoslynOxley9 Gallery, Sydney

Continuing his focus on the personal and social impacts of our built environment, Callum Morton’s monumental wall sculptures are one-to-one scale replicas of the window frames on the facade of the renowned Sirius Building in The Rocks, Sydney. A heritage-listed building that provided affordable housing and a significant piece of Brutalist architecture, Sirius was threatened to be demolished by the government. In adding a theatrical element to The End #3 (2020), Morton has inserted a pulsating light into each sculpture that changes colour to correspond to the audio track of the computerised voice of Siri. Siri is intoning every different term for ‘the end’ that she can compute – the robotic voice of the future talking about having no future. (Presented by Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney).

Vincent Namatjira, The Royal Tour (Diana, Vincent and Charles), 2020. Photo: Courtesy of the artist, Iwantja Arts and THIS IS NO FANTASY.

Vincent Namatjira presents The Royal Tour (Diana, Vincent and Charles). Bold, painterly and conceptually rich, Namatjira’s imagery calls on Australia’s colonial history, with recurring references to Captain Cook, the British Royal Family and contemporary aspects of Indigenous life. (Presented by THIS IS NO FANTASY, Melbourne.)

Carriageworks is located at 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh NSW. The Sydney Contemporary Collector Preview will be held on Wednesday September 7 and Opening Night will be held on Thursday September 8.


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