Ghosts of the Coast

27 April – 27 May, 2006.

Artists: Lionel Bawden, Cherine Fahd, Alex Kershaw, Mel O’Callaghan, Todd Robinson, Pat Sae-Loy, Evan Salmon and Prateep Suthathongthai.

Ghosts of the Coast brings together works which use the forms, equipment and spaces of the maritime to explore the uncanny connections and presences found at the coastline. The artists in this show approach the concept of the coast both literally – in terms of the detritus and ghostly traces found at the water’s edge and under the sea – and figuratively, as a limit, a point of facing – off between the known world and the unknown possibilities of the expansive otherness of the ocean. This otherness is ingrained in the psyche of Australasians who gather at the rim of waterbound lands. In this show, the coast serves as a metaphor for the liminal points of form and content, lines crucial to our marking out of Self and Other and of fantasy and reality.