Nov 22, 2011 12:00AM

Grand Chasm Exhibition Opens Tomorrow

At Firstdraft in Surry Hills.

Tomorrow night, the latest venture from collaborative group Sand Dune Hike will launch at Surry Hills' Firstdraft gallery. The new body of work, Grand Chasm, sees a digital distortion of nature and the results are intensely beautiful. The artists behind the show - Kenzie Larsen, William Mansfield and Eddie Sharp - are interested in how humans attempt to heighten the wonder of nature, like the dramatic lights which shine at the Jenolan Caves, with this human intervention turning nature into a piece of public theatre.

"We think that man-made intervention in these environments augments the experience of them and heighten the wonder of nature's beauty. But they are also very corny and tacky when over-applied; it's a very fine line. There is a lot of negativity towards these things but we love the humorous nature and the nostalgic value they offer. We love the theatrics of coloured lights and soundscapes, coupled with the weighty presence of natural wonders," Sand Dune Hike tells FBi in a recent interview.

Larsen, Mansfield and Sharp, who work across video, installation and performance, have in the past showed at the 2010 Nextwave Festival, Performance Space, ACMI, The Old Fitz, Lanfranchis, Imperial Panda Festival and Serial Space.

Grand Chasm will open tomorrow night at 6-8pm and will run until December 11 at Firstdraft (116-118 Chalmers St, Surry Hills).

www.firstdraftgallery.com

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