Damien Hirst + Antony Gormley
Opening night: Thursday 21st March, 6-8pm
Exhibition closes: Saturday 23rd March
Gallery hours: Friday and Saturday, 12-6pm
Filter Fine Art is excited to be showing a selection of Damien Hirst’s pill works from his iconic series The Cure, alongside a complete set of Antony Gormley’s Matrix aquatints. These works are being exhibited in Australia for the first time.
Damien Hirst erupted onto the international art scene in the early 1990s and has captivated audiences ever since with artworks that explore beauty, love, faith, desire, death, science and religion. From sharks and cows preserved in tanks of formaldehyde to diamond-encrusted platinum skulls, his works challenge contemporary belief systems, tracing the uncertainties that lie at the heart of human experience. Hirst won the Turner Prize in 1995 and remains one of contemporary art’s greatest provocateurs, continually coming up with new ways to compel and excite the viewer.
Antony Gormley is one of the world’s most prolific and acclaimed contemporary artists. For four decades, his practice has unwaveringly focussed on the dynamic of the body in space. Underlying his sculptures, expansive site-specific installations and works on paper is a profound engagement and questioning of how the inside of the body relates to the outside, and where human beings stand in relation to both our immediate surrounds and the cosmos beyond. Gormley has achieved significant international notoriety with a number of large-scale public artworks including: Angel of the North (1998), a twenty metre tall, fifty four metre wide, steel sculpture of an angel overlooking the A1 motorway in England; Event Horizon (2007-), thirty one life-size anatomically correct sculptures cast from the artist’s own body originally displayed in London, then in New York, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Hong Kong; and Inside Australia (2003), fifty one metal figures installed on the vast sodium crust at Lake Ballard, Western Australia. Antony Gormley won the Turner Prize in 1994 and was knighted in 2014.