Contemporary Art

Darren Almond /   Darren James Almond

United Kingdom 1971

Darren Almond
Darren James Almond
United Kingdom
December 27, 2014
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Darren James Almond  is a British installation artist, sculptor, photographer, and filmmaker.

He was born in Wigan, England, in 1971, and  graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1993, with a BA (hons) degree in Fine Arts.

He works in a variety of media including photography and film, which he uses to explore the effects of time on the individual. He uses ‘sculpture, film and photography to produce work that harnesses the symbolic and emotional potential of objects, places and situations, producing works which have universal as well as personal resonances.

In 1995, Almond had his first solo exhibition in London, showing a single work, KN120, which consisted of a large ceiling fan installed under London’s Westway and wired to his studio. A Real Time Piece (1995), was a live video link that showed his studio, empty but for an industrial flip-clock on the wall that amplified the passing of each minute. Amongst Almond’s other early works is a series of nameplates in cast aluminium, made in imitation of the plaques on British 125 inter-city trains. The filmSchwebebahn (1995) features the Sky Train, Wuppertal’s public transport system; over three days, Almond journeyed from the beginning of the line to its end and back again, filming inside and outside of the train in one long unedited take.

Since 1998, Almond has taken a series of photographs on nights with a full moon, using extended exposure times of fifteen minutes or longer. The Fullmoon series began as a way of navigating the places of traditional landscape painters, e.g. with a shot of Mount Saint Victoire in Provence that had been the subject of many of Cézanne’s paintings, but has evolved over time to include other remote locations. For Six Months Later (1999), 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. Meantime (2000) comprised a shipping container the artist had transformed into a functioning digital clock and filmed as it traveled across the Atlantic.

The film installation Mine (2001) was shot in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. In this two-part work, one projection was shot in color and shows the miners in their locker room changing for work. The camera is stationary and the miners come and go. The second projection shows the view of the tunnel, in black and white, shot from the train that descends into the passages of the mine, in effect what is awaiting the miners when they are finished dressing for work. His series ‘Infinite Betweens’ consists of photographs that were taken in Tibet, where traditional prayer flags are hung in trails across the mountain ridges as a way to make offerings of thanks and prayers. The flags accumulate and become scattered over one of the highest and most exposed landscapes on earth. As with the Fullmoon photographs, Almond made use of moonlight and long exposures to shoot ‘Infinite Betweens’, preserving the movement of the flags and confronting the viewer with impossible perspectives, different focal points and a feeling of being within the picture. These photographs developed out of Almond’s film In the Between (2006), a 3-channel HD video with audio that examines the new high speed train that connects China with Tibet, a reinforcement of Chinese dominance. The title of these works refers to the Buddhist vision of relativity of all beings and things, the idea that we always occupy an ‘in-between’ state that is never ending and infinite. In Sometimes Still (2010), Almond follows a Tendai monk as he engages with the Buddhist process of Kaihōgyō, the feat of physical and mental endurance by which these monks attempt to reach a state of Buddhahood.

Notably, Almond was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2005, where he exhibited the four-screen video installation If I Had You (2003) about his grandmother – ‘a portrait of youthful reminiscence and the dignity of old age’ In 1996, Almond was awarded the Art & Innovation Prize by the Institute of Contemporary Art, London, followed by his solo exhibition at White Cube, London in 1997.

He lives in London.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group 
2015Landschaft in BewegungKunsthaus Graz, GrazGroup
2015Darren Almond - Works on PaperGalerie Max Hetzler, ParisSolo
2015Rights of Nature - Art and Ecology in the AmericasNottingham Contemporary, NottinghamGroup
2015Bäume in der zeitgenössischen KunstALTANA Kulturstiftung im Sinclair-Haus, Bad HomburgGroup
2015Man in the MirrorVanhaerents Art Collection, BrusselsGroup
2014Darren Almond: In the Shadow of WordsBloomberg Space, LondonSolo
2014Darren Almond - To Leave a Light ImpressionWhite Cube, LondonSolo
2014Shoot! - Guidi&SchoenArte Contemporanea, GenoaGroup
2014A Drawing Show (group show)Matthew Marks Gallery - 526 West 22nd Street, New York City, NYGroup
2014Busan Biennale 2014 - Inhabiting the WorldThe Busan Biennale, BusanGroup
2014Cool Place. Sammlung ScharpffKunstmuseum Stuttgart, StuttgartGroup
2014Halftone: Through The GridGalerie Max Hetzler, ParisGroup
2014HalfTone: Through The GridGalerie Max Hetzle, BerlinGroup
2014Treasure of Lima: A Buried Exhibition - T-B A21Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary,ViennaGroup
2014Einblicke in die Sammlung WemhönerSammlung Wemhöner, BerlinGroup
2014PlaytimeStädtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus & Kunstbau, MunichGroup
2014VertigoSIM GALERIA, CuritibaGroup
20141 + 1 = 1 : When Collections CollideThe Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QCGroup
2014Sculpture ShowPatricia Low Contemporary, St. MoritzGroup
2014Making Links: 25 yearsSCAI the Bathhouse, TokyoGroup
2013Hemispheres and ContinentsMatthew Marks Gallery - 522 West 22th Street, New York City, NYSolo
2013Das Fenster im BlickArt Foyer der DZ Bank Kunstsammlung, FrankfurtGroup
2013REMEMBER EVERYTHING, 40 Years Galerie Max HetzlerGalerie Max Hetzler, BerlinGroup
2013ArcticLouisiana Museum of Modern Art, HumlebækGroup
2013Snap. The PortfolioGalería espacio mínimo, MadridGroup
2013PHotoEspaña 2013PHotoEspaña, MadridGroup
2013DiacussionEnvoy enterprises, New York City, NYGroup
2013LandscapesApalazzogallery, BresciaGroup
2013LandscapesA Palazzo Gallery, BresciaGroup
2013A Discourse on PlantsRH Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2013The Future’s Not What it Used to BeThe Exchange, Penzance, CornwallGroup
2013The Future’s Not What It Used To BeNewlyn Art Gallery, NewlynGroup
2013Theatrical GesturesHerzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, HerzliyaGroup
2013Artist File 2013:the Nact Annual Show Of Contemporary Art The National Art Center Tokyo,TokyoGroup
2013VertigoGalerie Xippas Switzerland, GenevaGroup
2012All Things PassGalerie Max Hetzler, BerlinSolo
2012Darren Almond - To Leave a Light ImpressionPatricia Low Contemporary, GstaadSolo
2012Im Schein des Unendlichen - Romantik und GegenwartALTANA Kulturstiftung im Sinclair-Haus, Bad HomburgGroup
2012So, This is ChristmasGalerie de multiples - GDM, ParisGroup
20121era. Bienal de Montevideo 2012 - El Gran Sur (The Great South)Bienal de Montevideo,MontevideoGroup
2012The Undercurrent of Boredom - Lothringer13Städtische Kunsthalle München, MunichGroup
2012Highlights 2012John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2012Number Three. From home to the factory. Works from the Centre national des arts plastiques, FranceLa Virreina - Centre de la Imatge, BarcelonaGroup
2012Static MovementMuseum Folkwang Essen, EssenGroup
2012Good NightThe Israel Museum, JerusalemGroup
2012La pelle che abitoGalleria Pack, MilanGroup
2011Darren Almond - Landscape with Path: FullmoonNorthSea - High Line Art, New York City, NYSolo
2011Darren Almond – Nocturne - Villa MerkelGalerien der Stadt Esslingen, EsslingenSolo
2011Darren Almond ...between here and the surface of the moon. Temps 2Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, RouenSolo
2011Between here and the surface of the moon. Temps 2FRAC - Haute-Normandie, Sotteville-lès-RouenSolo
2011Darren Almond - ...between here and the surface of the moonFRAC - Auvergne, Clermont FerrandSolo
2011Darren Almond, Marc QuinnPatricia Low Contemporary, St. MoritzGroup
2011Natur - zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Sammlung der Altana KulturstiftungKarl-Ernst-Osthaus-Museum, HagenGroup
2011Art Talks & Sensations. The Island a Game of LifeGallery One - Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu DhabiGroup
2011Snap - The PortfolioRex Irwin Art Dealer, Woollahra, NSWGroup
2011L'Etoffe du TempsInstitut culturel Bernard Magrez, BordeauxGroup
2011Now: Obras De La Colección JumexInstituto Cultural Cabañas, GuadalajaraGroup
2011WELT - BILDER 4Helmhaus Zürich, ZurichGroup
20116a Curitiba BiennialCuritiba Biennial, CuritibaGroup
2011LookGalerie Xippas Switzerland, GenevaGroup
2011Dawn Till DuskGallery Jen Bekman, New York City, NYGroup
2011Snap - The PortfolioPaul Stolper Gallery, LondonGroup
2011Things are Queer - Highlights der Sammlung UniCreditMARTa Herford, HerfordGroup
20118 1 by 2Stazione Leopolda, FlorenceGroup
2011LITOS GRAFERAKunst Centret Silkeborg Bad, SilkeborgGroup
2010Darren Almond - as it isAlfonso Artiaco, NaplesSolo
2010Sometimes Still - Matthew Marks Gallery523 West 24th Street, New York City, NYSolo
2010New Prints 2009 10International Print Center New York, New York City, NYGroup
2010To the Highest Mountain and Anastasia AxGalleri Christina Wilson, CopenhagenGroup
2010NatureGerhardsen Gerner, BerlinGroup
2010Let´s DanceMusée d´art contemporain du Val-de-Marne MAC Val, Vitry-sur-SeineGroup
2010Kupferstichkabinett: Between Thought and ActionWhite Cube, LondonGroup
2010Between Here and There: Dislocation and Displacement in Contemporary PhotographyThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NYGroup
2010Ars Itineris - El viaje en el arte contemporáneo Sala Este Alta ARTIUM - Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-GasteizGroup
2010Das im Entschwinden ErfassteVideokunst im Museum Folkwang - Museum Folkwang Essen,EssenGroup
2010Ars ItinerisMuseo do Mar de Galicia, VigoGroup
2010An die Natur. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der ALTANA KunstsammlungLangen Foundation,NeussGroup
2010An die Natur. Die ALTANA KunstsammlungGalerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst - GfZK, LeipzigGroup
2010VaXINationGalerie Xippas Greece, AthensGroup
2010The Traveling ShowGaleria Jumex, Mexico CityGroup
2010Que du PapierL.A.C. - Lieu d'Art Contemporaine, SigeanGroup
2010Prix Pictet EarthGallery of Photography, DublinGroup
2010Celebration - Collection du Frac Auvergne FRAC - Auvergne, Clermont FerrandGroup
2010CUE: Artists’ VideosVancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, BCGroup
2009Darren AlmondSommer Contemporary Art, Tel AvivSolo
2009Darren AlmondGalerie Xippas Greece, AthensSolo
2009Darren Almond - sometimestillGalerie Max Hetzler, BerlinSolo
2009Large Scale Color Photography John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2009Esthétique des pôles. Le testament des glaces49 NORD 6 EST – Frac Lorraine, MetzGroup
2009La Rose Pourpre du CairoMusée d'Art et d'Archéologie, AurillacGroup
2009Yves OppenheimGalerie Max Hetzler, BerlinGroup
2009AccrochageGalerie Max Hetzlen, BerlinGroup
2009Edition Copenhagen - Retrospective 1959 - 2009Den Frie Centre of Contemporary Art,CopenhagenGroup
2009Tate Triennial 2009 - AltermodernTate Triennial, LondonGroup
2009Just with your eyes I will seeFonds d’Art moderne et contemporain - Espace Boris Vian,MontluçonGroup
2009Los tiempos de un lugaCDAN - Centro de Arte y Naturaleza - Fundación Beulas, HuescaGroup
2008Darren Almond - Nail To NailDavid Patton Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CASolo
2008DARREN ALMOND. SubstituteGalleri K, OsloSolo
2008Fire Under Snow: Darren AlmondParasol unit, LondonSolo
2008Darren Almond: Moons of the Iapetus OceanWhite Cube, LondonSolo
2008Holiday HighlightsJohn Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008Ego DocumentsDas Autobiografische in der Gegenwartskunst - Kunstmuseum Bern, BernGroup
2008Dramatic RealityParra & Romero, MadridGroup
2008Die Wite des EisesAlbertina, ViennaGroup
2008IMPLANTThe Horticultural Society of New York Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008Recent Gifts to the Student Loan Art CollectionMIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MAGroup
2008Summer in the City 2008John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2008du Jardin au CosmosEspace de l art concret, Mouans SartouxGroup
2008YOUPrison. Riflessioni sulla limitazione dello spazio e della libertàFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, TurinGroup
2008God & GoodsVilla Manin. Centro d'arte contemporanea, Codroipo, UDGroup
2008Night A time BetweenRoyal West of England Academy, BristolGroup
2008Thyssen-Bornemisza Art ContemporarySammlung als Aleph - Kunsthaus Graz, GrazGroup
2008The Cinema Effect: Illusion, Reality, and the Moving Image Part I: DreamsHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DCGroup
2008For the Spirit - From the UBS Art CollectionMori Art Museum, TokyoGroup
2007Darren Almond - Night + FogGalerie Max Hetzler, BerlinSolo
2007Gehen bleibenKunstmuseum Bonn, BonnGroup
2007Five Works in BronzeMatthew Marks Gallery - 523 West 24th Street, New York City, NYGroup
2007Shoot the FamilyCanzani Center Gallery at Columbus College of Art & Design, Columbus, OHGroup
2007Cuestión xeracionalCGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de CompostelaGroup
2007EnsembleICA - Institute of Contemporary Art - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PAGroup
2007Photography Portfolio I & IICCP - Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, VICGroup
2007Selection 2007 - Proje4LElgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, IstanbulGroup
2007Summer ShowJohn Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007NumericaSMS Contemporanea, SienaGroup
2007Le cinque anime della sculturaCesac - Centro Sperimentale per le Arti Contemporanee,CaraglioGroup
2007Titled UntitledLismore Castle Arts, Lismore, Co. WaterfordGroup
2007AccelerationKunstart, NeuchâtelGroup
2007AccelerationCAN - Centre d'Art Neuchâtel, NeuchâtelGroup
2007100 Jahre Kunsthalle MannheimStädtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, MannheimGroup
2007New DimensionsJohn Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007Closed Circuit: Video and New Media at the MetropolitanThe Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NYGroup
2006The Impossible LandscapeUniversity Museum of Contemporary Art - UMass Amherst,Amherst, MAGroup
2006Shoot the FamilyWestern Gallery, Bellingham, WAGroup
2006Carbonic AnhydrideGalerie Max Hetzler, BerlinGroup
2006Only the Paranoid SurviveHudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Peekskill, NYGroup
2006Contemporary sculptureZwirner & Wirth, New York City, NYGroup
2006Between a rock and a hard place: the stone in art Kenny Schachter, ROVE Projects LLP,LondonGroup
2006Shoot the FamilyKnoxville Museum of Art (KMA), Knoxville, TNGroup
2006Full House - Gesichter einer SammlungStädtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, MannheimGroup
2006Selected WorksJohn Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CAGroup
2006The Impossible Landscape The Horticultural Society of New York Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2006SuspensionTalley Dunn Gallery, Dallas, TXGroup
2006Universal Experience: arte e vita. Lo sguardo del turistaMART - Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, RoveretoGroup
2006Shoot the FamilyCranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MIGroup
2006Time 2 KillGalerie Max Hetzler, BerlinGroup
2005Darren Almond - Only sound needs echo and dreads its lackGalerie Chantal Crousel, ParisSolo
2005Twas The Night BeforeJames Kelly Contemporary, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2005Turner Prize 2005Tate Britain, LondonGroup
2005Leçon ZéroGalerie Chantal Crousel, ParisGroup
2005En Attente - Casino LuxembourgForum d'art contemporain, LuxembourgGroup
2005BidibidobidibooFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, TurinGroup
2005The Mind is a Horse (Part 2)Bloomberg Space, LondonGroup
2005Getting EmotionalICA - Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MAGroup
2005En (Of)Museum Kurhaus Kleve, KleveGroup
2005Works on PaperGalerie Max Hetzler, BerlinGroup
2005Das verlorene ParadiesDie Landschaft in der zeitgenössischen Photographie - Opelvillen,RüsselsheimGroup
2005Land MarksGalerie Chantal Crousel, ParisGroup
2005Universal Experience - Art, Life, and the Tourist’s EyeMuseum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA), Chicago, ILGroup
2004Darren Almond - Live SentenceLentos Kunstmuseum Linz, LinzSolo
2004Colección TaschenMuseo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, MadridGroup
2004Eclipse - Towards the edge of the visibleWhite Cube, LondonGroup
2004Bienal de Pontevedra 2004Bienal de Pontevedra, PontevedraGroup
2004After ImagesWeserburg | Museum für moderne Kunst, BremenGroup
2004Ein-leuchtenMuseum der Moderne, SalzburgGroup
2004Busan Biennale 2004The Busan Biennale, BusanGroup
2004Aktuelle Malerei - HEISSKALTSammlung Scharpff - Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, StuttgartGroup
2004La ColmenaGaleria Jumex, Mexico CityGroup
2004Die Neue Kunsthalle III - materiell-ImmateriellStädtische Kunsthalle Mannheim, MannheimGroup
2004Video TimeGreen On Red Gallery, DublinGroup
2003Darren Almond, IF I HAD YOUFondazione Nicola Trussardi, MilanSolo
2003Darren Almond - 11 miles.......from SafetyWhite Cube, LondonSolo
2003Darren Almond - The Guest, SchwebebahnHerzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, HerzliyaSolo
2003Darren Almond - Full MoonSommer Contemporary Art, Tel AvivSolo
2003The Spirit of WhiteGalerie Beyeler, BaselGroup
2003Heißkalt. Aktuelle Malerei aus der Sammlung ScharpffHamburger Kunsthalle, HamburgGroup
2003OutlookBenaki Museum, AthensGroup
2003EinbildungDas Wahrnehmen in der Kunst - Kunsthaus Graz, GrazGroup
2003SculptureMatthew Marks Gallery - 523 West 24th Street, New York City, NYGroup
2003Game overAndreas Grimm - München, MunichGroup
2003Hot Summer in the CitySean Kelly Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2003Skulptur-Biennale 2003, Industrielle LandmarkenSkulptur Biennale Münsterland,WarendorfGroup
200350th International Art Exhibition Venice BiennaleBiennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia,VeniceGroup
2003MelodramaMARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, VigoGroup
2003Breathing the WaterGalerie Eva Presenhuber, ZurichGroup
2002The Mind is a HorseBloomberg Space, LondonGroup
2002Lila, weiß und andere Farben - A Summer Group Show Galerie Max Hetzler, BerlinGroup
2002Contextualise – Zusammenhänge herstellenKunstverein in Hamburg, HamburgGroup
2002Melodrama - Lo excesivo en la imaginación posmodernaARTIUM - Basque Museum Center of Contemporary Art, Vitoria-Gasteiz Group
2002The Rowan Collection: Contemporary British and Irish ArtIrish Museum of Modern Art - IMMA, DublinGroup
2002At speedGalerie Max Hetzler, BerlinGroup
2001Darren Almond: Nicht as DayTate Britain, LondonSolo
2001CASINO 2001: 1st QuadrennialSMAK Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, GhentGroup
2001Contact ImpactFondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, TurinGroup
2001Nature in Photographie Galerie nächst St. Stephan - Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, ViennaGroup
2001Berlin Biennale für Zeitgenössische Kunstberlin biennale für zeitgenössische kunst, BerlinGroup
2001Deliberate Living, curated by Sima FamilantGreene Naftali, New York City, NYGroup
2000Darren Almond - GeisterbahnThe Approach, LondonSolo
2000Darren Almond - TractionChisenhale Gallery, LondonSolo
2000Seeing TimeZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe, KarlsruheGroup
2000Darren Almond Mark HoskingKerstin Engholm Galerie, ViennaGroup
2000Out There - An Exhibition of Contemporary British ArtWhite Cube, LondonGroup
2000Inaugural Exhibition Making Time - Considering Time As a Material in ContemporarThe Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art (PBICA), Lake Worth, FLGroup
1997Darren Almond: Ica Toshiba Art And Innovation Commission 1996ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts London, LondonSolo
1997Darren Almond - FanWhite Cube, LondonSolo