English and filmmaker. He graduated from Winchester School of Art in 1993 and in 1995 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. His absence from the studio was highlighted by the amplified time-keeping of an industrial flip-clock. He repeated this procedure on 7 May 1997 for the HMP Pentonville
(London, ICA), this time broadcasting live from an empty cell in Pentonville Prison to a gallery space. Both these works indicate his preoccupation with questions of time and endurance. Fan
(wood, plastic, micro-processors, paints and motors, approx. diam. 4.5 m, 1997; London, White Cube, see 1997 exh. cat., p. 51) consists of an oversize cooling fan hung from the ceiling, its three huge blades suggesting claustrophobia as well as the possibility of decapitation. His concern with the effects of time can also be seen in the large three-screen video installation Traction
(1999; priv. col.), shown in London at the Chisenhale Gallery in May 2000. Over the course of 28 minutes we see the artist's father describing in detail the strains and injuries he has sustained over the years on one screen, balanced on the other side by his mother's increasingly emotional reaction to these revelations; in between them is projected a film of a digger raking through rubble.
Sensation (exh. cat., London, RA, 1997)
D. Birnbaum: ‘Darren Almond', Artforum, xxxviii, 5 (Jan 2000), pp. 102–3
10 December 2000