Darren Almond - Contemporary Art London Thursday, June 21, 2007 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    White Cube, London

  • Exhibited

    New York, Zwirner & Wirth, Contemporary Sculpture from a Private Collection, September 14 – October 14, 2006 (another example exhibited)

  • Catalogue Essay

    Through a variety of media including sculpture, film and photography, the work of Darren Almond engages with issues of time, space, and memory. In 1997 at just 26 years of age, Almond was the youngest YBA included in Charles Saatchi’s blockbuster Sensation exhibition where he showed two works, A Bigger Clock and Fan, featuring objects, an oversized wall mountable flip clock and an equally out of proportion ceiling fan, which have become central to the realization of his artistic goals. For the present work, Six Months Later, Almond repeatedly photographed at very precise times an identical location of his studio throughout a set period of time. Each shot features Almond’s desk and chair, a window, two fans and a wall mounted flip clock. Each and every photograph is identical with the only variations being the amount of light that permeates the space and the time displayed on the clock. While each individual shot is a photographic still life reminiscent of Vermeer, the work as a whole with its 1440 photographs is an attempt to capture the essence of the passing of time using a medium that by its very nature can only capture a moment
    frozen in time. In several conversations with the art historian Martin Herbert, Darren Almond has described the physical and emotional experiences he encountered when creating works such as Six Months Later. Herbert summarizes Almond’s experience, “Darren Almond’s body and mind went through incredible highs and lows until the point when ‘you’re breathing in time to the minute, knowing to the millisecond when the clock will change.’ It was a method of making physical the disorientating and, finally, re-orientating effects of time.” (Kunshalle Zurich, ed., Darren Almond at
    the Kunsthalle Zurich, Zurich, 2001, p. 23.)


Six Months Later

Twenty-four parts comprised of 60 photographs each.
Each panel: 25 3/8 x 21 1/4 in. (64.5 x 53.9 cm).
This work is from an edition of five.

£30,000 - 40,000 ‡ ♠

Sold for £50,400

Contemporary Art

22 June 2007, 4pm & 5pm