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Cutback: Surfing Through Art

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Where Surfing Meets Art
What could be more Gold Coast than a collection of surfing related paintings and photography - Cutback: Surfing Through Art is one of the current exhibitions at The Gold Coast Arts Centre. It is located in Gallery 1, which is up the ramp as you head through the main door.

It's on till 22 March, and if you love art and everything about surfing and the ocean you will enjoy this collection. I headed there on the day it opened as we live just around the corner - I really enjoy art and galleries, but my boyfriend not so much, he is more into surfing - so this was perfect for us.

There were some pieces I really liked such as the animation stills and then the finished video - I always wish I could be more creative and it was fascinating to see the lengthy process of what most people would possibly see as a simple animation. The level of tiny detail is mind blowing and you must have to have some serious patience - so perhaps not the career for me.

I also loved some of the larger paintings showing the ocean in all its glory, the crashing waves and I am amazed at the process and detail that must go into creating a still image which can depict flowing movement so well.

As this was an exhibition I really wanted to see you are in danger of getting hope up or imagining things differently. This was true with a few of the pieces that I just didn't connect with at all - art is subjective and of course it would be boring to like everything. It got me thinking about why I didn't like it - perhaps it was too contemporary and I am more on the traditional side of art. I hadn't really thought about that before.

This collection showcases the work of seven contemporary Australian artists who are also keen surfers. Here you can see their connection to the sea and how it informs their practice and process.

The seven artists are Andrew Kidman, Chris Bennie, Shaun Gladwell, Ben Rak, William Mackinnon, Nanda Ormond and Joel Rea. Expect subjects and influences such as masculine identity and the role of women in sport, ancient philosophy and mythology, cultural rituals, surfing and dancing and the psychological aspect of Mother Nature.

Now, as I have mentioned before the GC Arts Centre Galleries are not huge so you certainly wouldn't make a special trip to see the exhibition as you can comfortably see everything in about 30 minutes. However, if seeing the other exhibition in gallery 2, the foyer gallery, having coffee or lunch in the cafe, seeing something at the cinema or taking in a show at the theatre then an additional hour to take in the art on display is well worth it.

An interesting collection which love, like or unsure will be a great talking point and something different to do on the Coast.

See the website for any special events and talks from artists.
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Why? It's Surfing meets Art
When: 10am to 5pm
Phone: (07) 5588 4000
Where: 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise QLD 4217
Cost: Free
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