Cutback: exploring surfing through Art

Cutback: Surfing Through Art will showcase the work of seven contemporary Australian artists responding to the art of surfing and alternative surf culture.

Cultural rituals, dealing with depression and Australian masculine identity will be explored and the work of Chris Bennie, Shaun Gladwell, Andrew Kidman, William Mackinnon, Nanda Ormond, Ben Rak and Joel Rea will be featured.

During the 1950s and ’60s, films such as GidgetBlue Hawaii and The Endless Summer popularised surf culture, as did surf bands such as The Bel Airs, The Beach Boys, Dick Dale & The Del Tones and Jan & Dean. In doing so, stereotypes emerged, some of which linger today.

As well as the exhibition, a series of events will engage young people, explore surf culture and hopefully inspire a new generation of surf artists.

  • Friday 13 February, 6.00pm – 8.00pm | opening event with music by DJ Waves Anderson. The exhibition then runs until 22 March. 
  • Saturday 14 March, 3.00pm | Women and Surfing Seminar addressing some of the issues related to women and surf culture and the launch of a new book by Andrew Kidman Single – Stephanie Gilmore – Studies of Movement. 
  • Thursday 19 March, 6.00 – 8.00pm | After Dark: surf/life/art with a panel of creatives and surfers including writer Tim Baker with some of the artists featured in the Cutback exhibition and music by Old Man Friday. 
  • Friday 20 March, 10.00am – 5.00pm | Surfboard Designs with provided art materials for grommets aged 4+
  • Saturday 21 March, 2.00 – 4.00pm | Surf Stories Illustration Workshop with surf comic artist Nanda Ormond for grommets aged eight and over. 

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Many of these events support Bleach* Jr. Get all the details at The Arts Centre Gold Coast website.

Featured image:  William Mackinnon, Green Wave 2013, oil and enamel on canvas. Courtesy of the artist and Utopian Slumps


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