Darren Sylvester’s 'COMPASS POINT'

Gang Atelier is thrilled to present our latest addition to the store, COMPASS POINT by Melbourne based photographer Darren Sylvester.

Darren Sylvester, known for his stylised constructed tableaux images redolent of pop culture takes a very different approach in his book COMPASS POINT. In the 1970s and 80s Compass Point Studio, located on the coast of Nassau in the Bahamas, was recognised as one of the great music facilities in the world producing music with a particular sound — that of luxury, decadence and sophistication. Artists such as Grace Jones, Roxy Music, Serge Gainsberg, Robert Palmer and Talking Heads all made seminal albums here.

Prompted by rumors that the studio was about to close, Darren Sylvester — a recording musician himself — decided to venture there before it was all over, wanting to focus on the landscape that surrounds the studio as a myth-making and myth-destroying exercise. He wanted to see and convey the same views that musicians who recorded there would see when seeking inspiration.

One of a three book series published my M.33 to highlight the versatility of the book form as a means of presenting contemporary photography, COMPASS POINT illustrates this concept beautifully. Sylvester's imagery transports the reader not only to this exotic location but also to another era. Although the photographs are all taken recently, there is a strong sense of history and nostalgia for those of us who have grown up listening to many of the albums recorded at Compass Point Studios.

Darren Sylvester, 'Flamingo' 2012, 300 x 400mm
Darren Sylvester, 'Flamingo' 2012, 300 x 400mm

Alongside COMPASS POINT Darren Sylvester has released a stunning new photographic print edition titled FLAMINGO (2012). Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan and Strumpf, Sydney, Gang Atelier is proud to offer this lightjet print, signed by the artist and limited to an edition of 30.