seaside magic is a multimedia body of work by NYC-based artist luke kurtis that combines photography, video, poetry, drawing, music, and design.
Languishing from the pandemic, the artist took a personal retreat by the sea and resolved to spend his days away from computer screens and focus on slowing down, observing nature, making sketches, and creating a restorative and healing experience with his partner. The resulting body of work is a poetic document of those days.
A multi-channel installation, seaside magic combines video, music, and poetry to create an immersive and meditative experience. It is designed to be projected in a dark room, which is an acknowledgment of the isolation of the pandemic and also key to the artist’s intent that viewers should approach the work with a quiet and meditative mind.
(NOTE: For the best experience, view full screen with headphones in a darkened room or on a 5.1-capable home theater system.)
box of emanations is an artists’ object and portfolio made to accompany the installation. The box contains a set of 19 digital chromogenic prints of original photos, accompanied by seashells collected by the artist during the making of this body of work and a small double terminated quartz crystal.