Darren Sylvester (AU)

The Doom Buggies

01 March - 06 April

Image: Darren Sylvester, Snow Angel, 2024. Courtesy the artist and Neon Parc.

Enter the high-gloss, hyper-real worlds of Darren Sylvester.


01 March - 06 April


Neon Parc [i]
15 Tinning St, Brunswick
Wed – Sat, 12 – 5pm


Social Futures


Wheelchair access



Artist Darren Sylvester’s meticulously staged, hyper-real works investigate the dichotomy between high and low culture.

Sylvester’s practice combines staged photography, sculpture and installation, with each piece the result of detailed research and planning. Sylvester’s work questions the tension between authenticity and desire within high-gloss consumer culture, by incorporating pop-cultural references that are hinted to, but just out of reach.

In The Doom Buggies, Sylvester builds a series of elaborate, choreographed ‘dream’ stages, which reflect and refract a state of mind rather than place or narrative. This feeling, as if being in a pop-music video, is simultaneously personable and detached, connected and disconnected, aware yet unaware.

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Founding Partners
  • Bowness Family Foundation
  • Naomi Milgrom Foundation
Major Government Partners
  • City of Melbourne Arts Grants Program
  • Creative Victoria
Major Partners
  • Maddocks

PHOTO Australia respectfully acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands upon which we work and live, and the rich and diverse Indigenous cultures across what is now called Australia. For over 60,000 years, Indigenous arts and culture have thrived on this sacred land, and we honour Elders and cultural leaders past and present. This was, and always will be, Aboriginal land.

01–24 March