Exhibition Announcement:

Death Ships Don’t Surf
Works by Gretchen Mercedes

Opening Reception: September 2, 2011 (6-10PM)

Double Break is very pleased to announce Death Ships Don’t Surf, a solo exhibition of works by Gretchen Mercedes. Mercedes, a nominee for the SD Art Prize 2011, will present a selection of haunting still images largely taken from video pieces made over a six-year period on commercial and private fishing vessels upon the Southern, Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Gretchen Mercedes’ practice has evolved from living and working in flux. Her practice, installations and personal stories are part of an ongoing nexus of navigations that investigate connections and exchanges with environments and collectively speak of her experiences in the world. Mercedes’ movement in and between place and space are channeled through the portable media of photography, video and sound – forms appropriate to living and working on the fly. Her work reflects an attraction to the nautical, aviation, strange places, chance encounters, outsiders, and more recently, myth and death.

Gretchen Mercedes was born in Oregon, USA and raised in Taipei, Taiwan and Tasmania, Australia. Today she is based between USA and Australia. Mercedes conducted her BVA at the University of South Australia and MFA at the University of California, San Diego and Los Angeles. Her photographic and video work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions in Australia and the USA, including; Australian Film Commission, Australian Centre of Photography, Sherman Galleries, National Museum of Australia, Helen Gory Gallerie, Melbourne, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Wight Gallery University of California Los Angeles, Compact Space, Los Angeles, Robert Steele Gallery, New York and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.

EXHIBITION RECEPTION: SEPTEMBER 2, 2011 6-10PM
(With music and refreshments, courtesy of Double Break!)

Show runs September 2- October 2, 2011

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