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.

Ellis Ericson began surfing competitively at a young age on the Australasian Junior Surfing Tour. Ellis now chases waves around the world in his role as an advocate for RVCA – a surf brand known for creative collaborations, the latest of which includes artwork by Julian Schnabel.  Ellis’ bespoke surfboards are known for their focus on traditional hand-shaping techniques, and his Vimeo clip releases features action on the surf and “shred sticks” aplenty.
Josh Simpson began as a competitive surfer though transferred his skills to filming high performance surfing in his late teens. Simpson is well known for his Tumblr account which features both low and high res imagery of surfing and lifestyle, and frequently releasing short clips to the internet of the scenes, people and waves he follows

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.

THE WALLS acknowledges the YUGAMBEH people, the traditional owners of the land on which we operate, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples on the Gold Coast today.

THE WALLS is supported by the City of Gold Coast through the Accelerate Triennial Grant Program.



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