Darren Almond

Coming Up For Air


September 22 - October 27, 2001
522 W 22 Street
Opening Friday, September 21, 2001


Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce, Darren Almond: Coming Up For Air, the next exhibition in his gallery at 522 West 22nd Street. This will be the second one-person exhibition in New York for the 30-year-old English artist. In last year's show at the gallery, Almond included a 40-foot sea container that he converted to an enormous digital clock, together with a group of related drawings. This season, in contrast, Darren Almond will show a new series of color landscape photographs and a film installation. Together these two exhibitions will show the extraordinary range of this young artist's work.

Almond's new photographs, called the 15-minute Moon series, are shot at night using only the light of the full moon to illuminate the landscape. The camera's shutter is left open for approximately fifteen minutes. The images were made at sites closely associated with Constable, Turner and C├ęzanne. One of the photographs to be exhibited, Full Moon@ Flatford, was shot at the same site Constable made his famous painting, The Hay Wain (National Gallery, London). A group of twelve photographs to be shown were made at Chamonix in the Alps and follow the same itinerary as J.M.W. Turner on his 1836 trip through these mountains.

The film installation, Mine, was shot in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. Almond's grandfather was a miner and worked in Northern Britain in a shaft mine similar to the one the artist filmed in Kazakhstan. In this two-part work, one projection was shot in color and shows the miners in their locker room changing for work. The camera is stationary and the miners come and go. The soundtrack of a Shamanic ritual further accentuates the quality of an abstract dance. The second projection shows the view of the tunnel, in black and white, shot from the train that descends into the passages of the mine, in effect what is awaiting the miners when they are finished dressing for work.

Darren Almond was born in Wigan, England and began exhibiting his work in 1992. He has had one-person exhibitions at The Renaissance Society in Chicago, the Kunsthalle Zurich, and De Appel in Amsterdam and was included in the Berlin Biennale earlier this year.

A reception for the artist will be held on Friday, September 21st from 6-8 pm at 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues). The exhibition will remain on view until October 27th. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 to 6:00 pm. For further information or photographs, please contact Matthew Israel at (212) 243-0200.