Monday, October 10, 2011

Surf City

Luke Taaffe and Ryan Heywood – Surf City
14 October – 2 November 2011

‘Surf City’ is an exhibition of collaborations by artist Luke Taaffe and photographer Ryan Heywood.

Navigating omnipotent seascapes and psychedelic surf iconography of the 80's and 90's, the distinct styles of each artist merge into powerful graphic scenery.

With a mutual respect for surf culture and the ocean itself, Luke and Ryan combine Megaloden shark jaws, lone boats, vast seas and pyrotechnical patternations, into isolated, pervasive and somewhat sinister environments describing a darker side of the surfer’s experience.

Luke’s painterly, graphic and vibrant approach perfectly juxtaposes Ryan’s faded and desaturated sea photography, printed directly onto wood. Grandiose in scale, the pieces command attention and immersion.

This show pays homage to urban myths and the more emotive aspects of a surf culture left behind in the wake of it’s commercial success.

‘Surf City’ opens on Friday the 14th of October and is up until the 2nd of November 2011.

Full Deck Grip (Detail) 2011
Luke Taaffe and Ryan Heywood
2400mm x 1200mm
Acrylic on wood

Town and Country, 2011
Luke Taaffe and Ryan Heywood
Acrylic on wood

The National Grid Gallery - 24 Chard Rd, Brookvale

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