DARREN SIWES

DARREN SIWES

b. 1968, Adelaide

Lives and works in Adelaide, South Australia.

Language group: Ngalkban, Arnhem region.

The influence of Darren Siwes' art continues to hinge around conflicting cultural hierarchies and class delineations in the context of place and identity. Siwes sees his work residing somewhere between truth and  hypothetical, between reality and the imaginary and describes his work as 'Hypothetical Realism' where life in the real and life in the ‘what if’ can be intertwined. Within this context Siwes embellishes the truth by blurring the boundaries between opposing poles, to distort truth from untruths and to stir the comfortable in with the uncomfortable.

“To date, the artist’s signature style has been that of physically inscribing himself into the landscape as a ghostly or real Indigenous presence, and in moving beyond this to the landscape of the mind, the imaginary, Siwes is charting new territory. He is also moving into the private sphere and, as dramaturge rather than subject, explores restrictive bourgeois ideas of colour. Ideas many prefer to keep behind closed doors.”

(excerpt from Mum, I want to be Brown by Catherine Speck, 2006)

MULAGA GUDJERIE
2013
DALABON BIYI / DALABON DALOK
2011
DARREN SIWES - Gold Boy, photographic print on Kodak Endura Metallic Paper, edition of 10, 90 x 120cm
OZ OMNIUM REX ET REGINA
2008
DARREN SIWES- She Got A Homily But Didnt Understand, cibachrome print, ed 8, 120 x 100cm
MUM, I WANT TO BE BROWN
2006
DARREN SIWES - The Horse Hospital, cibachrome print, ed 6, 120 x 100cm
JUST IS
2004
Darren Siwes, Stand, 2001, cibachrome print, 100 x 120cm
MISPERCEPTIONS
2004
DARREN SIWES - I Am Moving, 2000, cibachrome print, ed 6, 100 x 120cm
MISCELLANEOUS
BIOGRAPHY
1968Born
1992Studies at Adelaide Central School of Art , South Australia
1996B.A. Visual Arts (Honours), University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia
1997Graduate Diploma of Education, University of South Australia, Adelaide, South Australia
1997-2001Senior Lecturer in Painting and Drawing, Tauondi Incorporated
2002Anne & Gordon Samstag International Visual Arts Scholarship
2003MA in Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art , London
2007Winner, Redlands Westpac Art Prize
  
 
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013

Mulaga Gudjerie, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide

2011

Dalabon Biyi / Dalabon Dalok, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Dalabon Dalok, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

2009

OZ OMNIUM REX ET REGINA Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne

2008OZ OMNIUM REX ET REGINA, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Mum, I want to be Brown, Turner Galleries, Perth, WA
Mum, I want to be Brown, Magnan Projects, New York
2007Mum, I want to be Brown, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
2006

Mum, I want to be Brown, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
Selected works from Mum, I want to be Brown, Project Space CIRCA 06 (Greenaway Art Gallery), Puerto Rico

2005Just Is, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
Just Is, 24HR Art, Darwin
2004

Just is, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Just Is, Church Gallery, Perth
Born Of A Lexicon, Government House, Adelaide

2002Mis/Perceptions, Garage Regium, Madrid, Spain
2001Mis/Perceptions, Greenaway Art Gallery, Adelaide
Mis/Perceptions, Nellie Castan Gallery, Melbourne
 
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2013

Debil Debil, Anna Schwartz Gallery, Sydney

10 Years 30 Residencies, Turner Galleries, Perth

2012

Long Way Home: a celebration of 21 years of Yunggorendi, First Nations Centre, Flinders University Art Gallery, Adelaide

2010

The New New: Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, The Gallerie, Adelaide
Brought to Light: The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Newcastle

2009

Making Tracks: 20 years of South Australian Art, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute, Adelaide
Integration and Resistance in the Global Age, 10th Biennial of Havana, Cuba

2008-9

Open Air: Portraits in the landscape, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Half Light: Portraits from Black Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

2008

Scope Basel, Switzerland, (Greenaway Art Gallery stand)
Shadowplay, Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery, New South Wales
Melbourne Art Fair, Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

2007Redlands Westpac Art Prize, Sydney, Australia
Identity: Portrait and Place - document or insight?, Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide
2006nEUclear reactions, Centro de Arte Caja de Burgos, CAB, Spain
Concord2, South Australian School of Art Gallery, Adelaide
Prism: Contemporary Australian Art, Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
Where Angels Tread, Contemporary Art Centre for SA, Adelaide
2005Concord, South Australian School of Art Gallery, Adelaide
Prague Biennale, National Gallery, Prague, Czech Republic,
Urbanismo Sintetico, Photo Espana 05, Fernando Pradilla Galeria, Madrid
Preposession, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Sydney; Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast
2004Supernatural Artificial, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, Of Photography, Tokyo, Japan
Theatricality, Art Summit Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia
Spirit and Vision, Essl Museum, Vienna, Austria
Images - Hedendaagse foto's door Aboriginal Kunstenaars, Aboriginal Art Museum, Utrecht, Netherlands
Adelaide Biennial of Art, Art Gallery of South Australia
2003Face-up, Nationale galerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin
Second Sight, Brisbane City Gallery, Brisbane
New view- Indigenous Photographic Perspectives, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, Australia (touring)
2002Recent Acquisitions, Adelaide Festival Centre
(The World May Be) Fantastic, Biennale of Sydney, Sydney
Kaurna Reconciliation Public Artwork, a collaborative work with 3 artists, Adelaide Festival Centre forecourt, Adelaide
2001ARCO, International Art Fair, Madrid, Spain (Greenaway Art Gallery stand)
2000Beyond the Pale: Contemporary Indigenous Art, Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art, Art Gallery of South Australia , Adelaide
Chemistry: Art in South Australia 1990-2000, Art Gallery of South Australia
1999Living Here Now: Art and Politics, Australian Perspecta, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
1998-99Three Views of Kaurna Territory Now, Artspace, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide
Telstra 15th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin and touring
1996Guddhabungan, Jabal Centre, ANU, Canberra
96 Degrees, South Australian School of Art Graduate Exhibition, Adelaide
199410%, Artzone Gallery, Adelaide
 
COLLECTIONS

Adelaide Festival Centre, SA; Artbank, NSW; Art Gallery of South Australia, SA; Art Gallery of Western Australia, WA; National Gallery of Australia, ACT; Flinders University Collection, SA; Horsham Regional Art Gallery, VIC; Monash Gallery of Art, VIC; Queensland Art Gallery, QLD; Reina Sofia Madrid, Spain

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