Open Water: The Offering

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Open Water: The Offering
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In Open Water: The Offering artists Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari incorporate underwater video, drawing and scrimshaw to portray their unique vision of an Australian Oceanic Gothic. Taking a true event as a starting point, Open Water: The Offering is based on an incident that occurred in 1965 in the coastal town of Albany when a well-known whaler and gunner on The Cheynes III (a whale chaser) lost his leg after it became entangled in a rope attached to a harpoon fired at a whale. Artists Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari incorporate underwater video and scrimshaw to offer a darkly magic realist version of maritime history in regional Australia.

OPENING NIGHT: Friday July 7th 2017. 6pm till late.
EXHIBITION CONTINUES: June 8th - 28th 2017

Monday-Friday: 7am-4pm
Saturday: 10am-3pm
Sunday: 11am-4pm

MOANA PROJECT SPACE: 1F, 618 Hay Street Mall, Perth 6000
Moana Project Space is an artist-run initiative in the heart of the Perth CBD showcasing innovative contemporary practice on a national scale since 2012.

Erin Coates is a Perth-based artist and creative producer working across video, installation and drawing. Coates’ work explores the limits of the body and the potential of physical interaction with an environment. Her recent work draws together her background as a rock climber with her interests in architecture and built space. She has also begun developing a series of works with collaborator Anna Nazzari that explore a new vision of the Australian Gothic, focusing on oceanic species, histories and mythologies.

Anna Nazzari is a Perth-based artist and writer. Her practice focuses on the investigation of otherworldly myths, superstitions and events that emphasise moral certainty and foster a reading of the absurd. Her practice is multi-faceted and often encompasses drawing, sculpture, electronics and film. In 2011 she completed a Doctorate of Philosophy (Art) at Curtin University. Her exhibitions and screen works have been shown in Australian galleries and International film festivals. She currently works as a Lecturer at Curtin University’s School of Design and Art, OUA Art Studies’ program.

Image: Erin Coates and Anna Nazzari, Open Water: The Offering (still), 2017, HD video with stereo sound, 4:45, Sound design: Stuart James
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