DARREN SYLVESTER’S multi-disciplinary practice involves photography, sculpture, video, music and performance. Usually involving a wide range of pop culture elements and narratives, each medium is given a high-end production sheen or twist to be transformed into a discussion on contemporary ennui, pathos and mortality that is direct, yet inherent with levels of complexity.
In the past he has written short stories that accompanied his exhibition catalogues that grew into writing his first feature film script in January 2000 after taking ecstasy on NYE in 1999, which was then picked up by the Australian Film Commission. He has written two further feature film scripts with Melbourne writer Anthony Carew. Together they made a 30-minute dystopian sit-com, Me in 2013 with elements of that script being turned into art fair bath towels. He has written and recorded two full length albums and is releasing his third in 2017.
Sylvester was the only Australian included by Phaidon Press for their book on worldwide contemporary photography Vitamin Ph in 2006 and is represented by Neon Parc, Melbourne and Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney. His work will be the subject of a major survey exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in late 2018.