Tamara Dean | Documentary

Watch the video as some of New York’s most prominent curators, art writers and philanthropists discuss Tamara Dean’s acclaimed series ‘The Edge’.

“ ‘The Edge’ explores the informal rites of passage that young people create for themselves in the natural world. The initiations, the pushing of physical, spiritual and emotional limits in order to discover one’s sense of self.” – Tamara Dean

No longer guided into adulthood by the exacting customs of structured institutions, today’s youth are left to explore and discover their own sense of self, inevitably forming their own rituals and rites of passage, often closely aligned with their immediate surroundings and the natural world.

Dean’s series ‘The Edge‘ takes the viewer on a journey – exploring local haunts, observing initiations and navigating the emotional landscape of youth – with each work of the series unveiling an intimate moment of contemplation and trepidation.

Of the title work from the series, ‘The Edge’, American art critic Gregory Volk observes the 18 year old protagonist as “… at the cusp between boyhood and manhood, known and unknown, and this atmospheric waterfall seems downright baptismal, ushering him into the next complex stage of his life.” – Gregory Volk, Art in America 2014.

The Edge’ will be exhibited for the first time in its entirety at Olsen Irwin from 5 to 23 March 2014. With works from the series winning a New York Photo Award, being highly commended in the 2013 Moran Contemporary Photographic Prize and Olive Cotton Award and named as a finalist in the 62nd Blake Prize, Art & About: Sydney Life and 2014 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award – the highly anticipated Olsen Irwin exhibition is sure to be a big success.

Tamara Dean
The Edge
Opening 8 March 2-4pm
Exhibition 5 – 23 March 2014

Olsen Irwin
63 Jersey Road
Woollahra NSW 2025