Daniel Askill
Modern Worship

Daniel Askill’s exhibition furthers his exploration of ritual in a modern context. He began this investigation with his 2004 film, We Have Decided Not to Die, followed by a 2009 solo show, Artifacts From The Fifth RitualModern Worship marks the next phase in this body of work.

In this exhibition, Askill explores two major events of the last decade – the atrocities of 9/11 and the death of the ‘King of Pop’, Michael Jackson – and could be considered a response to J.G. Ballard’s The Assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy Considered as a Downhill Motor Race. The work explores how a re-contextualising or less conventional interpretation of these grim events may help us view them from a new perspective.

This exhibition centres upon a large-scale projection of a striking slow motion video tableau, a looping installation that draws on elements of pop culture, Hollywood spectacle, global disaster, idolatry and what constitutes a religion. Further works include sculpture, small screen video and photographic editions.

This exhibition was first presented by Gallery A.S. in a former church and landmark Darlinghurst Beaux Arts style monument. Gallery A.S is Joseph Allen Shea’s roaming gallery project, presenting both local and international art in a series of impermanent exhibitions in specially selected venues.