The ocean, without orientation by shore or horizon, is a perennial shape shifter – a thing of constant flux – living, morphing, never repeating. Without context or bearing, the surface landscape of the sea becomes whatever the moment tells us it is – an abstraction of nature disjunct from its typical frame of reference. Art photographer Bartolomeo Celestino has been revisiting a particular spot on Sydney’s coast with his large-format camera and pointing its lens at the vastness below, day in, day out, for years. Each shot in the series that makes up Surface Phenomena – his first book and latest exhibition – tells the story of one of these singular moments, in one of these days, in the dynamic life of the Australian ocean. Surface Phenomena will run from July 6 to 26 at Sydney’s Olsen Irwin Gallery.
To celebrate the launch of Tiffany & Co.’s new Sydney flagship space and its ongoing commitment to the Australian artistic landscape, three artists take us behind the scenes of their creative process in the lead up to their own in-store installations.
Make it a date. From an afternoon at the AGNSW to vintage shopping on King Street, Ilkin Kurt shares postcards from a dreamy weekend in Sydney.
Listen to your instincts; artist Clare Plueckhahn will show you how. In her latest exhibition, Running with Wolves, Plueckhahn explores the trope of the wild woman, seeking to rekindle the marriage between the feminine and natural realms on beautiful medium format film.