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Marian Drew, Sebastian Moody & Sai Karlen
Sydney Contemporary 2023

7 - 10 September

Onespace is excited to bring a selection of new and premiering works to Sydney Contemporary 2023, showcasing the artistic vision and experimentation of artists, Marian Drew, Sebastian Moody, and Sai Karlen.   

Marian Drew has sustained an illustrious career spanning four decades. Throughout her artistic journey, Drew has masterfully crafted photographs that blend intricate fictions with palpable realities, using her unique performative approach to reveal hidden narratives.

Drew’s artwork is highly regarded and can be found in prestigious collections such as the John Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Photographic Art in San Diego, the National Gallery of Australia, the Fonds National D’Art Contemporain in Paris, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, among others.

Her talent has been recognised in the international arena, as she represented Australia in the First Asia Pacific Triennial in 1993, Dubai Photo in 2016, Musée du Quai Branly’s PhotoQuai in Paris in 2011, and the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China in 2010.

Sebastian Moody’s artistic endeavours have graced diverse locations, showcasing his innovative approach and ability to engage with different contexts. His recent projects include ‘Open Studio’ at Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA).

Moody has been creating artworks in the public realm since 2002. BUILT UNDER THE SUN, his first major public work in Brisbane that year, boldly announced his signature style of direct and minimalist text, while his subsequent THE MORE I THINK ABOUT IT THE BIGGER IT GETS (2009) comprehensively claims a road underpass in McLachlan Street, Fortitude Valley to now become the quintessential captioning of Brisbane City itself.

Moody’s projects have been featured at renowned institutions such as QAGOMA, Institute of Modern Art, and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. His artworks have taken unconventional forms, appearing on swimming pools, kitchen splashbacks, hang gliders, yoga mats, and more. The artists’ practice centres around language, incorporating textual elements into various environments.

Sai Karlen is a multidisciplinary designer and creative director specialising in creating unique and experimental visuals for a variety of environments. His work fuses design, storytelling and technology and is driven from a strong background in branding, marketing and experimental technologies. Since 2014, Karlen has been creating visual identities and design systems, with a strong focus on kinetic brand identity systems, website design and experimental motion works. Karlen crafts a multi-sensory universe wherein words don’t just appear—they breathe, dance, and interact, synthesising the intersections of our technologically advanced era with the humane. Karlen’s work melds the contemporary pulse of life with ageless sentiments.

Find us in Hall A – Booth A06…

Within our booth, Marian Drew will nationally premiere the artists’ venture into sculptural photography — defining a fresh contemporary trajectory for the artist — as well as a selection of coveted artworks from her archive. Drew’s work will immerse viewers in a captivating exploration of space and the contemporary relevance and role of photography.

Sebastian Moody‘s diverse display of work will offer a fresh perspective on language and materiality, showcasing the artists ever-expanding investigation into perception. This conceptual, text-based body of work will merge his affinity for modern painting and language to highlight the materiality and tension of psychological wellness.

Moody will also be debuting a collaborative digital work with multidisciplinary artist Sai Karlen, made exclusively for Sydney Contemporary. This artwork will mark the pair’s first-ever gallery project and draw inspiration from Moody’s background in public art projects and kinetic typography.

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