Gretchen Mercedes at Double Break in San DiegoJuxtapoz // Wednesday, 14 Sep 2011
Earlier this month, Death Ships Don't Surf, a solo show by Gretchen Mercedes opened up at Double Break, the new gallery and art book store in San Diego. As we mentioned before, the store looks great (very much like San Diego's own Parklife), and the show is an interesting take on Mercedes' film work. The show runs until October 2nd. Here's an excerpt from the press release.
"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."