ARTIST SUITES AT THE SOFITEL DARLING HARBOUR
Tony Albert, Sarah Contos, Nadia Hernández and Louise Zhang took over the Sofitel Darling Harbour with a month long, site specific environment that encapsulated their personal tastes and artistic styles.
The artists created four site-specific installations throughout the Sofitel with immersive works in two Prestige Suites by Tony Albert and Louise Zhang and a Junior Suite by Sarah Contos on the hotel’s 29th floor, as well as its top-floor executive lounge, Club Millesime with works by Nadia Hernández.
Nadia Hernández, whose works are being shown in the hotel’s top-floor executive lounge, is a young Sydney artist, originally from Mérida, Venezuela. Articulated through textiles, paper constructions, painting, music, installations, sculptures and murals, her artistic practice is informed specifically by the current political climate of her home country and her diasporic experience as a Venezuelan woman living abroad. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Queensland University of Technology, has partaken in both solo and group exhibitions across Australia and was selected as the official artist for City of Sydney’s NYE 2017.
Tony Albert is a contemporary Australian artist working in a wide range of mediums including painting, photography and mixed media. His work engages with political, historical and cultural Aboriginal and Australian history, and his fascination with “Aboriginalia” (a term he coined to describe kitschy objects and images that feature naive portrayals of Aboriginality). Albert has exhibited his work at numerous museums, biennales and institutions around the globe, including the Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux, France; the Singapore Art Museum; and the National Museum of China, Beijing. He is well represented in major collections including the National Gallery of Australia; the Australian War Memorial, Canberra; the Art Gallery of New South Wales; the Art Gallery of Western Australia and Brisbane’s Gallery of Modern Art—Queensland Art Gallery.
Sarah Contos creates soft sculptures, embroidered images and quilted works that revolve around themes of identity, femininity, popular culture and history. Originally from Perth, now Sydney-based, she worked in theatre set design on the west coast and in Europe before completing a Masters of Art at the College of Fine Arts, Sydney in 2010. Since then she has held several solo exhibitions as well as being included in several group shows, building a name for her sensual forays into soft sculpture, embroidered images and quilted works that broach multiple pop-cultural, personal and art-historical strains and references
Louise Zhang is a Chinese-Australian artist, whose multidisciplinary practice spans painting, sculpture and installation. Her work negates the space between the attractive and repulsive. With an interest in horror cinema, Zhang investigates the idea of the visceral as medium and explores the intersection of fear, anxiety and a sense of otherness in the construction of identity.
All artists involved in the Sofitel installations will be exhibiting at Sydney Contemporary: Tony Albert (Sullivan+Strumpf), Louise Zhang (Artereal Gallery), Sarah Contos (Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery) and Nadia Hernandez (Blackartprojects) from 12-15 September at Carriageworks.