Darren Almond - Contemporary Art London Friday, October 13, 2006 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    White Cube, London

  • Exhibited

    Dublin, Green on Red Gallery, Video Time, January 9 - February 7, 2004

  • Literature

    G. Williams, ed., Cream 3: Contemporary Art and Culture -10 Curators, 100 Artists, 10 Source Artists, London/New York, 2003, p.35 (illustrated)

  • Catalogue Essay

    “According to Darren Almond Time is the ultimate institution. Almond’s investigation of time neither aspires towards the purity of mathematics nor the poetry of metaphysics, but instead towards the existentialist mechanics of man-made time.” (H. Walker taken from G. Williams, ed., Cream 3, 2003, p. 32)

    In the present lot, Time and Time again, 1998, Almond has recorded a fixed point in his studio for a twenty-four hour period. The video-taped footage is projected on a wall. Each passing minute is recorded on a simple wall clock mounted to an opposite wall. The clock itself has been wired to be an amplifier which augments the sound of the changing minute. With each passing moment the clock’s amplified ‘tock’ jolts the viewer into awareness of the precise moment that has just passed. The dimly lit space in which the work is installed further heightens the viewers’ experience evoking a sense of complete immersion into the projected scene. The work forces a cognizance of time itself.

    “Two psychological aspects have strongly affected the direction of Almond’s work. The first is his ability to see the world in sculptural terms: to pull out the hidden depths of metaphor and meaning residing in silent objects. The other is almond’s consistent desire to use personal experience in tandem with larger issues. Creating a blend of personal and social biography is, in a sense, what he is doing when he makes work about clocks, trains and the emotional experiences. But his method is far from straight forward and in Almond’s hands – in the way that he returns to themes and subjects worries them, repositions them - it generates an autobiography that is shot through with relativism, and tempered by an acceptance that there is no true, complete and holistic biography, merely contingent character sketches which change from moment to moment in essence and import, and which are affected by the larger course of time and history.” (M. Herbert, taken from B.M. ürgi, M. Herbert, H, Walker and Kunsthalle Zürich, eds. Darren Almond, Zurich, 2001, p. 028)

    For Almond…we aren’t simply within time we make it. (ibid, p. 014)


Time and Time again

Video projection with clock, audio and speaker.
Installation dimensions variable.

£20,000 - 30,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £33,600

Contemporary Art

14 Oct 2006, 7pm