Darren Almond

February 17 - April 14, 2007
522 W 22 Street

Press Release

Matthew Marks is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work by Darren Almond. The exhibition will include a large-scale sculpture and a film.

The artist began a series of clock-based sculptures in 2000, each exploring different ways in which we observe the passage of time. We will be exhibiting the latest work in this series, entitled Mono Chrono Pneumatic Red, a fully-functional flip clock measuring over 12 feet tall and nearly 25 feet wide, with each number controlled by exposed pneumatic mechanisms. The numbers of the clock are painted red, the main color of the Chinese flag, while the pneumatic tubes that power the movement of the clock are yellow, white, red, and blue, the colors of Tibetan prayer flags.

In an adjacent gallery will be Almond's most recent film, a three-screen projection entitled In the Between. Darren Almond has made films throughout his career, and this one marks the completion of a group the artist began in 1995 that takes as its subject significant train lines. It focuses on the highest railway in the world, recently opened by the Chinese government to connect China and Tibet. The highest point of the railway is 5000 feet above sea level, where altitude sickness and oxygen deprivation are common. The artist followed the route of the railway, using a high-definition camera at different points along the route to capture the train speeding across the Tibetan Plateau that lies between the two countries. Images of the train line are interspersed with footage of Tibetan Buddhist monks, filmed in the Samye Monastery, in Lhasa.

Darren Almond (b. 1971) lives and works in London. This will be his fourth one-person exhibition at Matthew Marks Gallery. Almond participated in the 2003 Venice Biennale and has had museum exhibitions at the Kunsthalle Zurich; de Appel Centre for Contemporary Art in Amsterdam; the Tate Britain, London; the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf; and the Lentos Kunstmuseum in Linz, Austria. His work is currently the subject of a major exhibition at the Museum Volkwang, in Essen, Germany.

Darren Almond will be on view at Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) through April 14, 2007. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

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