SEE: DARREN SYLVESTER’S BROKEN MODEL

Disparate popular culture references result in a candy-coloured, haunting exhibition by artist Darren Sylvester,

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Glitter-faced models are not what immediately comes to mind when you think of the work of artist Darren Sylvester, and yet to enter his new exhibition at Sullivan+Strumpf is to be confronted with five beaming beauties, their faces obscured by sparkling teal paint, smiling up you at like some foreign – and creepy – aliens from a faraway galaxy. Mr Sylvester has a unique way of drawing his viewer into complex narratives, and so it is with Broken Model that he draws together seemingly disparate popular culture references – Tom Hanks in Castaway, Coco Rocha falling on a Valentino runway, all of them, says the artist, displaying “a false authenticity, all acting.” The hero print, Green Editorial, is surrounded by a mounted runway of purple sand and bronzed coconuts, among other works, the saturated colours and shiny finishes of the pieces giving the effect of something sickly sweet, yet monumental, in their presence.

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Darren Sylvester, Broken Model is on display at Sullivan+Strumpf, Sydney until 20 August. See the video below for more.