BOARD: surf and skate cultures meet contemporary art

9 December 2017 – 4 February 2018

With an eye to fresh takes, relevance and multidisciplinary practice, and in line with the outdoors character of the concurrent season, this exhibition recognises the board as a ubiquitous feature of Australian life and consequently fertile ground for the visual arts. The selected artists mine board-based subcultures – specifically surfing and skateboarding – for their dynamic imagery and performance potential as well as metaphysical and narrative associations. In so doing, they draw the audience into a worldview, and not simply the ‘ride’, to challenge stereotypes and describe survival, ethical concerns or emotional conditions. These artists also broach questions about the creative act, and art in our present-day world. Features works by Vernon Ah Kee, Gerry Bobsien, Shaun Gladwell, Nancy Kilgour, Brett McMahon, Tracey Moffatt, Nell, John Turier (with emerging artists from Hunter St TAFE), Gerry Wedd, John Witzig, Jud Wimhurst, Anne Zahalka and vintage surfboard loans from collector Tony Brown.

A gallery project curated by Meryl Ryan. This exhibition is supported by the Dobell Exhibition Grant, funded by the Sir William Dobell Art Foundation and managed by Museums & Galleries of NSW.

Shaun Gladwell Skateboarders vs Minimalism (still) 2016, single-channel HD video,16:9, colour, sound, duration 53mins 28secs, courtesy the artist and Anna Schwartz Gallery © Shaun Gladwell

artwork Shaun Gladwell

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