Oceans from here - Touring Exhibition
Oceans from here - Touring Exhibition Oceans from here - Touring Exhibition Oceans from here - Touring Exhibition Oceans from here - Touring Exhibition Oceans from here - Touring Exhibition Oceans from here - Touring Exhibition Oceans from here - Touring Exhibition Oceans from here - Touring Exhibition Oceans from here - Touring Exhibition

Chris Bennie | Dean Cross | Julia Davis | Emma Hamilton | Honey Long + Prue Stent | Izabela Pluta | Grant Stevens | Kai Wasikowski | John Young Zerunge 

Oceans from here explores the aesthetics of water, from mountain glaciers to the open seas, as it ebbs and flows as a global life force. This simple and abundant compound has the power to define planetary geography, etching the landscape and separating the continents. Water moves through disparate sectors of the globe in various states – as mist, rain and snow.

The floating cliffs of ice in John Young Zerunge’s photographs of the Antarctic echo the aesthetics of traditional Chinese landscape painting. Kai Wasikowski travels to the melting glaciers of New Zealand in search of the source of the Pacific Ocean, while Emma Hamilton heads north to frame the horizon of the Arctic seas.

From visceral and cerebral to sacred and somatic, water has inspired human creativity and provoked metaphysical thought. Julia Davis’ aerial views of the shore are meditative, while Izabela Pluta explores the depths of mythology. Water also tempers our response to the

environment and connects us to place. Dean Cross symbolically returns to his Indigenous heritage and Country through the act of applying and removing ochre to his half-immersed body. Yielding yet also powerful are the ‘Instagram-perfect’ photographs taken by Grant Stevens of cascades, which comment on image reproducibility and the authentic experience.

Chris Bennie touches on how our physical and psychological states are, like the tidal movement of rivers and oceans, affected by the moon’s gravitational forces. In Honey Long + Prue Stent’s performance-based works, human forms emerge from, and are subsumed by, watery environs. We are bound within nature’s cycle as water moves between the environment and our bodies.

Oceans from here touches on the transitory qualities of water as it courses through nature and our bodies. The artists selected for this exhibition have responded to water as a vital element, which flows through the land to the seas and fills the atmosphere of our planet. Several of the artists reinforce notions of an Australian identity so closely tied to the oceans that surround this nation island. Others immerse the viewer in a metaphorical ocean that surrounds, defines and moves through us all. 

Allison Holland

Exhibition Venues
This exhibition was originally present in two parts, before touring as one exhibition to venues across regional NSW and Queensland.
ACP Project Space Gallery, Sydney, 7 September – 20 October 2018
Gosford Regional Arts Gallery, 13 July ­– 1 September 2019
Redcliffe Art Gallery, Moreton Bay, 12 December 2020 - 28 February 2021
Blue Mountains Culture Centre, 8 May – 20 June 2021

Exhibition brochure available here
View an excerpt from Julia Davis' Undercurrent here

Honey Long + Prue Stent, Salt pool, 2019. Courtesy and © the artists and ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne.
Grant Stevens, Waterfalls I, from The Waterfalls series, 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Sullivan & Strump, Sydney.
John Young, Ancient waters I, II, 2018. Courtesy and © the artist and ARC ONE Gallery, Melbourne.
Installation view of Julia Davis, Undercurrent, 2017. Courtesy of ACP and Richard Glover.
Chris Bennie, River, from Mood swings, 2017. Courtesy of the artist.
Emma Hamilton, Paths for navigation: double light, 2016. Courtesy of the artist. 
Dean Cross, Untitled (Self-portrait as clay and water), 2015. Courtesy of the artist.
Kai Wasikowski, Realtree #4, 2018. Courtesy of the artist.
Izabela Pluta, Talus, from the Abstruse terms and general uncertainties series, 2018. Courtesy of the artist and Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert, Sydney.

Government Partners:

NSW Government


City of Sydney




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