Carriageworks presents three major international artists this June and July, with two large-scale art installations and a contemporary music performance, all exclusive to Sydney. Grammy award-winning artist St Vincent headlines Carriageworks’ Vivid Sydney program on 17 June, followed by the unveiling of the Australian premieres of installations by leading Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda and seminal French conceptual artist Daniel Buren.
Carriageworks Director, Lisa Havilah, said: “Carriageworks’ presentation of the Sydney exclusives of three of the world’s most dynamic artists in visual arts and contemporary music reinforces our commitment to ambitious programming for the multi-arts precinct.”
St. Vincent brings her latest album MASSEDUCTION to Carriageworks for her only Sydney performance on Sunday 17 June. MASSEDUCTION made last year’s Australian Top 20 and has received praise from critics and fans alike, being named the #1 album of 2017 by the likes of The New York Times and the Guardian. As one of the most compelling artists of a generation, St. Vincent aka Annie Clark has been described by the NME as the “closest thing that our generation has to David Bowie” and has released five albums to worldwide critical acclaim, including 2014’s Best Alternative Album, Grammy-winning St. Vincent.
On 5 July, Carriageworks will unveil the Australian premiere of Ryoji Ikeda’s micro | macro exhibition, followed by the opening of a critically-acclaimed installation by seminal French conceptual artist Daniel Buren, titled Like Childs Play. These free exhibitions will run in tandem and challenge, in different ways, our perception of size.
Leading Japanese electronic composer and visual artist, Ryoji Ikeda pioneers new technologies and tests the limits of what is observable and knowable in our universe in an attempt to understand it and make it visible. Returning to Carriageworks for a third time, Ikeda’s exhibition micro | macro explores the intersection of art and science, in this case the materials that make up our universe. The exhibition consists of the plank universe series, two monumental audio-visual works that were developed during a residency at Switzerland’s CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research. With one work reaching ten metres in height and the other stretching 173 metres in length, the works dominate the space and are tightly synced together by an electronic composition created by Ikeda himself.
Daniel Buren is internationally recognised as one of France’s foremost contemporary artists and has exhibited more than ten times at the Venice Biennale, winning the Golden Lion in 1986, and his work has been the focus of exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York. Buren’s career spans five decades of unforgettable interventions, controversial critical texts, thought-provoking public art projects and engaging collaborations with artists from different generations.
Buren’s installation Like Child’s Play, is inspired by German educational theorist Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel’s famous children’s wooden block toys. The installation features 100 upscaled blocks, arches, triangles and pediments that play with scale so that objects, that as children, we towered over, now dwarf us. 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. And 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.
VINCENT: Sunday 17 June 2018, 8PM
RYOJI IKEDA: 5 JULY – 29 JULY 2018, 10AM UNTIL 6PM DAILY
DANIEL BUREN: 7 JULY – 12 AUGUST 2018, 10AM UNTIL 6PM DAILY