Cooks Hill Galleries (CHG) presents Brett McMahon ‘Intertidal’. This online and in gallery exhibition opens Friday, 4 May 6 - 8pm. Exhibition continues until Monday, 28 May 2018.
"ɪntəˈtaɪdəl …of or relating to the zone of the shore between the high-water mark and low-water mark
One of the luxuries of living in Newcastle is the ability to access nature on a daily basis.
For me, this means trekking down to South Dudley rock platform to search for patterns and structures or exploring the stretch between Merewether and Bar beach during and after big seas or wild weather when all sorts of matter, organic or otherwise, gets deposited on the sand.
The visual possibilities are endless, and each storm, or change in the sea brings new opportunities…the shifting colours reflected from the water’s surface, days where black sun-dried kelp wrack covers the beach, or when it has been swept clean and the waves leave sequences of overlapping lines in the sand, or shallow pools that evaporate leaving rings of salt on the rock platform.
Underlying the observed physical material, is the sense of time, and that things are always in a state of change, sometimes incremental, sometimes sudden and dramatic.
The work presented in the exhibition ‘Intertidal’ at Cooks Hill Gallery records some of the material that I have encountered over the past 12 months while walking the sand."
- Brett McMahon, March 2018