Location City Gallery
From Saturday 13 June 2015 - 10:00am
To Sunday 26 July 2015 - 04:00pm
Endless Autumn features a new body of artwork made collaboratively by West Australian based artists David Attwood and Oliver Hull. The exhibition is focused on the creative sub-culture of Surf Art, and aims to explore alternate representations of surf culture.
Surf Art is typically characterised by a romantic representation of surfing; pristine turquoise beaches, perfect lefts, babes, sunsets and dolphins. For Endless Autumn, Attwood and Hull replace the tropes and cliché’s typical of Surf Art to reflect on the less romantic aspects of surf culture; on shore wind, ‘waxed’ car windows, broken thongs and the great white shark.
Both Attwood and Hull were teenagers through the early Two thousands, a period distinguished by the absorption of surfing into popular culture across Australia. For Attwood, this time was marked by a retrospectively embarrassing adornment of surf wear, despite the fact that he didn’t and couldn’t surf. For Hull, who grew up in Margaret River, surfing was and continues to be a day-to-day lived practice. Through various forms and processes Attwood and Hull take a humorous approach to contemporary surf culture that toes the line between parody and sincere celebration.
About the artists
Since graduating from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Arts (Art) in 2011, David Attwood has exhibited his work both locally and nationally. Recent solo exhibitions include Suburban Similes at Firsdraft, Sydney NSW, and Green and Gold (with Jurek Wybraniec) at Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle WA. Recent group exhibitions include Home and Away (curated by Chris Dolman) at Twenty Thirty Seven, Sydney NSW and Mate (curated by Carla Adams) at Paper Mountain, Perth, WA. In 2014, Attwood was featured in ARTAND Australia Magazine’s as one of four selected emerging Western Australian artists.
Oliver Hull graduated from Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) at Curtin University in 2012. Recent solo exhibitions include An Abyss II at Archive Space, Newtown, Sydney NSW; and A Meteor at The Institute of Jamais vu, London UK. Recent group exhibitions include Conditional Expressions at Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun, Leeds UK; An Audio Guide Through the Hyperborean Weeds and Termite Mounds of Mars, Freerange, Perth WA; and Contemporary Figuration (Father This Is What I Have Learned Thus Far) at UDSTILLINGSSTEDET Q, Copenhagen.
Endless Autumn is Attwood and Hull’s first collaborative project.
Image: David Attwood and Oliver Hull, Freddo (detail), digital print, 2015.