Aussie Making Waves In Bali: OTIS CAREY
Aussie’s often flock to Bali for the solid surf but this particular Aussie is doing more than just churning waves on the Indonesian coastline. Otis Carey is an Indigenous Australian pro-surfer and contemporary Indigenous artist that is making waves both in and out of the water. Launching a solo exhibition at The Slow, Canggu this October, Carey is sharing his contemporary Indigenous art with Bali for the first time.
Based in a small community just south of Australia’s glorious Byron Bay, Otis Carey has long been known for tearing up the surf. An internationally recognised free surfer, Carey is a two time Australian Indigenous Champion, he has represented his country at the ISA World Games, as well as, signing a major sponsorship deal with industry, surf legends Billabong - he is an aussie great in the Australian surf scene. What many may not realise is that Carey’s creativity doesn’t stop at the board, he is also a master of the canvas.
Often spanning two by two metres, Carey’s artwork celebrates his heritage with a focus and passion around ‘modernising traditional Indigenous art’. Deeply reflective of his cultural roots and the Gumbaynggir people, an Australian Aboriginal group of the mid north coast of New South Wales, the contour lines and movement of his work create a powerful viewing experience which marries visual immediacy with the spiritual and conceptual nature of Carey’s contemporary practice. His short career has acquired much praise for the personal narratives and detailed experiences they depict, as well as their ode to indigenous influence and the Op Art movement of the 1960's.
Speaking with the guys at Monster Children, Carey said, “It’s really hard to use traditional symbols in a traditional way. You kind of limit yourself to what you can and can’t share. When you see traditional Aboriginal art, you kinda know that the full story isn’t always there, so I find it a bit heartbreaking that those stories can’t be completely shared. But to retell stories in a contemporary form, you can tell the whole story without disrespecting the traditional symbols and what they represent.
I’m at the start of my journey really. I’ve only completed three full bodies of work that have appeared as shows, so I definitely go and ask people who have a higher place than me in my community, a higher place of respect and knowledge, for permission and advice on the stories I want to tell, particularly if there are traditional elements I’d like to incorporate, and they really appreciate that.”
His opening at The Slow marks his first exhibition in Indonesia, which will be open to the public until the 1st of December. For more information check out the details below or head to our Calendar section.
Where - The Slow, Canggu
When - From October 6th 2018
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