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Exhibition
An Ocean In Your Hand (verse II)
6 July - 29 July 2023

Exhibition Opening: Saturday 8 July from 2 – 4 pm.

To view and purchase artworks from this series
scroll to the end of this webpage or visit the gallery before 29 July 2023.

This July, Artereal Gallery is excited to present a solo exhibition of recent works by Simone Douglas.

Based between New York and Sydney, Douglas is widely respected as an important Australian contemporary artist. A true ‘artist’s artist,’ she is particularly well known for her poetic, ethereal and mysterious photographic odes to the land, sea and sky.

Embracing photography, video, and an ephemeral ice-sculpture, An Ocean in Your Hand (verse II), spans a luminescent field of colours and lyrical monotones responding to water and sky. Douglas describes her latest work as being “made using ‘slow time’. Evoking processes of elemental change, where actions and environment form entwined narratives and suggest an unfolding eternity of being. In these works water is not only the primary ‘medium’ but also a metaphorical holder of sky, land, and light.”

Simone Douglas, Another Ocean VII, 2022

“In Simone Douglas’ photographs—’a world of particular secret affinities’—“there too seem particles and specificities that might resemble the sea (and its infusoria: tiny inhabitants), or the sky, or the permutations of an open flame. Often flickering on metallic paper, like zodiacal light, they do not easily resolve into some easily denoted object, event, or place. Absent, for one, is the pictorial convention of a horizon: vanishing, in a sense, is the point. And yet the record of that act, that disappearance, is married to this particular appearance, this arrangement fixed onto paper and capturing ephemeral figurations that become one with the medium.”

– Zachary Sachs, Parallelogram, Parallel Infinities. 2019

Installation images by Jessica Maurer Photography.

One of the highlights of this exhibition will be the durational artwork Parallel Infinities. An ephemeral artwork composed of water, ice and time, this piece responds to light, a metaphorical cipher, that transforms over the course of the exhibition from ice to water, to vapour. For Zachary Sachs, this “literal melting into air exists without confinement to boundaries between the constructed art-object and the ground and air that support and surround” it, which “is not easily circumscribed by a definition, or the listed media and dimensions meant to contain it…”

– Parallelogram, Parallel Infinities. 2019

Simone Douglas, Parallel Infinities, 2023. Exhibited in An Ocean In Your Hand (verse II) Artereal Gallery. Photo by: Bee Elton

Creation begins not in time but with time. An Ocean in Your Hand (verse II) linage extends to Douglas’ earlier works such as Aberrations, that have been exhibited internationally and are now held in collections including the V&A, London. These works marked the start of her ongoing interest in forming experimental images and durational works. Seemingly made without gravity, Douglas presents us with enigmatic beauty that emerges from within the ever-changing forms of water, light, and sky. Reminders of a universe unfathomably larger than ourselves.

– Rhianna Melhem, Curator

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Simone Douglas, Another Ocean XI, 2022

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Artist Biography

Simone Douglas lives and works between the unceded lands and waters of Gadigal in Sydney and Lenapehoking in New York City.

Simone Douglas’ works have been curated into international survey exhibitions and published widely in journals and art an­thologies.  Her practice encompasses photography, video, sculpture and site-specific installation. Her work is included in numerous collections and has been exhibited at major institutions including, the Victoria & Albert Museum (London); the Art Gallery of NSW (Sydney); the National Gallery of Victoria (Melbourne), The Photographers’ Gallery (London); the Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney); The Australian Centre for Photography (Sydney), and at art fairs such as the European Month of the Photo (Paris), and The Photography Show presented by AIPAD (New York).

The internationalised impact of Douglas’ work is evidenced in both reviews and her exhibition profile. Douglas’ work was included in Emanations: The Art of the Cameraless Photograph at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Zealand (a 200-year survey exhibition curator Geoffrey Batchen),  Sites of Knowledge, Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, (curated by Re-Sited), Shadow Catchers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (Curator Dr. Isobel Parker Philip). Her work has been also published and written about in journals including Artforum, Blind Spot, and Conveyor, and books including Photography and Place: Australian Landscape Photography 1970s Until Now; Australian Art: A History; Animae: The Invisible Sources of the Artwork: Talks with Today’s Artists and Anywhere VI.

In addition to her artistic practice, Douglas is a Professor at Parsons School of Design, New York and has curated many exhibitions at various locations including the Getty Conservation Institute L.A, the Australian Museum, the Pingyao International Festival, and the Auckland Festival of Photography.

Simone Douglas is currently a finalist in the upcoming 2023 Northern Beaches Environmental Art & Design Prize with an artwork from this exhibition titled  Sanctuary I.

 

 

Simone Douglas, Sanctuary I, (light box), 2022

All prices are in Australian dollars, include framing expenses and are inclusive of GST. Delivery costs not included – please contact the gallery for assistance with delivery. Prices are correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change without notice. For sales enquiries email: info@artereal.com.au

 

Each photographic artwork (exclusive of light boxes) in this series are available in the following three options.

Small
dye sublimination print on brushed aluminium, Poplar frame, archival board, antiglare UV 70 glass
12.6 x 19 cm (image) *Another Ocean XII 14.6 x 19 cm (image) 
32.6 x 39 cm (frame) *Another Ocean XII 36 x 39 cm (frame)
ed.8 + 2AP
ed.1-3, $2,500
ed.4-8 POA

Medium
pigment print on archival rag paper
50.5 x 76 cm (image) *Another Ocean XII 58 x 76 cm (image)
68.5 x 94.5 cm (frame) *Another Ocean XII 76.5 x 94.5 cm (frame)
ed.3 + 2AP
$4,500

Large
Commissioned size and material to be developed in consultation.
Ed.2 + 1AP
POA

The below artworks are those which are physically included in the current exhibition. Please click on images to enlarge. 

Simone Douglas

Another Ocean I

2022
dye sublimination print on brushed aluminium, Poplar frame
12.6 x 19 cm (image)
32.6 x 39 cm (frame)
ed.8+2AP
ed.1-3, $2,500
ed.4-8 POA
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Simone Douglas

Another Ocean II

2022
dye sublimination print on brushed aluminium, Poplar frame
12.6 x 19 cm (image)
32.6 x 39 cm (frame)
ed.8+2AP
ed.1-3, $2,500
ed.4-8 POA
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Simone Douglas

Another Ocean VI

2022
dye sublimination print on brushed aluminium, Poplar frame
12.6 x 19 cm (image)
32.6 x 39 cm (frame)
ed 8+2AP
ed.1-3, $2,500
ed.4-8 POA
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Simone Douglas

Another Ocean VII

2022
dye sublimination print on brushed aluminium, Poplar frame
12.6 x 19 cm (image)
32.6 x 39 cm (frame)
ed.8+2AP
ed.1-3, $2,500
ed.4-8 POA
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Simone Douglas

Another Ocean VIII

2022
dye sublimination print on brushed aluminium, Poplar frame
12.6 x 19 cm (image)
32.6 x 39 cm (frame)
ed.8+2AP
ed.1-3, $2,500
ed.4-8 POA
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Simone Douglas

Another Ocean IX

2022
dye sublimination print on brushed aluminium, Poplar frame
12.6 x 19 cm (image)
32.6 x 39 cm (frame)
ed.8+2AP
ed.1-3, $2,500
ed.4-8 POA
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Simone Douglas

Another Ocean X

2022
dye sublimination print on brushed aluminium, Poplar frame
12.6 x 19 cm (image)
32.6 x 39 cm (frame)
ed.8+2AP
ed.1-3, $2,500
ed.4-8 POA
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Simone Douglas

Another Ocean XI

2022
dye sublimination print on brushed aluminium, Poplar frame
12.6 x 19 cm (image)
32.6 x 39 cm (frame)
ed.8+2AP
ed.1-3, $2,500
ed.4-8 POA
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Simone Douglas

Another Ocean XII

2022
dye sublimination print on brushed aluminium, Poplar frame
14.6 x 19 cm (image)
36 x 39 cm (frame)
ed.8+2AP
ed.1-3, $2,500
ed.4-8 POA
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Simone Douglas

Another Ocean VI

2022
pigment print on archival rag paper
45 x 30 cm (image)
64.5 x 49 cm (frame)
Unique study
$3,200
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Simone Douglas

Another Ocean I

2022
pigment print on archival rag paper
50.5 x 76 cm (image)
68.5 x 94.5 cm (frame)
ed.3+2AP
$4,500
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Simone Douglas

Another Ocean II

2022
pigment print on archival rag paper
50.5 x 76 cm (image)
68.5 x 94.5 cm (frame)
ed.3+2AP
$4,500
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Simone Douglas

Another Ocean III

2022
pigment print on archival rag paper
50.5 x 76 cm (image)
68.5 x 94.5 cm (frame)
ed.3+2AP
$4,500
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Simone Douglas

Another Ocean XII

2022
pigment print on archival rag paper
58 x 76 cm (image)
76.5 x 94.5 cm (frame)
ed.3+2AP
$4,500
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Simone Douglas

Sanctuary I

2022
(light box) blacklit film, Victorian Ash
102.4 x 152.3 x 7.5 cm
ed.3+2AP
$8,580
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Simone Douglas

Sanctuary II

2022
(light box)blacklit film, Victorian Ash
114.8 x 152.3 x 7.5 cm
ed.3+2AP
$9,380
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Simone Douglas

Chronology

2023
single channel video
5.08 mins
ed.5+2AP
ed.1-3, $3,000
ed.4-5, POA
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Simone Douglas

Parallel Infinities

2023
ice, water, durational melt event, Perspex vitrine
62 × 62 × 108 cm (sculpture)
60 x 60 x 1415 cm (vitrine)
Unique study
POA
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Additional Information

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