NEW SURF ART
ELLIS ERICSON, TOM MASON, JOSH SIMPSON
NEW SURF ART
26 September – 10 October, 2015
Times are changin’. Traditional representations surf culture are now being supplemented by online content in the form of Instagram updates, live surf forecasts, beach web cams and vimeo uploads. It’s goodbye “surf Nazis” – and welcome to the 2010s, where media hierarchies and surf culture alike are being reimagined and reassembled.
NEW SURF ART is an immersive installation exploring surfing culture and its representation through the lived and documented lives of surfer Ellis Ericson, filmmaker/surf Tumblr artist Josh Simpson, and artist Tom Mason. NEW SURF ART presents a real time glimpse of surf media, culture and lifestyle against Mason’s improvised earth building processes to test the boundaries of surfing’s emerging condition in real life, and on the internet.
Reina Derive is a guitarist and songwriter from Byron Bay. He has played his way along the East Coast between his hometown and Sydney. Reina will be playing an array of soft guitar melodies with vocals that will wash over the audience on the opening night of New Surf Art.
Tom Mason is a Master of Fine Arts (Research) candidate at College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales who spent much of his early upbringing developing a love of surfing between the towns of Crescent Head and South West Rocks, on the mid North Coast of NSW. During this time, the beach’s sand dunes became as important a part of Mason’s social life as the surfing itself. It was there, on the acres of near-empty sand just metres from the water, that Mason and his friends started a playful practice of replacing ‘unnatural’ ephemera (couches, makeshift shelters and fire drums) with objects made from ‘naturally’ occurring materials (clay, sand and straw). It is in these interventions into the dunal environment that Mason’s output currently strongly resides.