Past Exhibitions at Kluge-Ruhe

Reko Rennie: Patternation

Reko Rennie, Big Red, 2010.

Curated by Stephen Gilchrist

January 28 – April 4, 2011

Patternation was a collaborative installation exhibition by artist Reko Rennie (Kamilaroi, Gamilaraay, and Gummaroi), curator Stephen Gilchrist and the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at UVA. Rennie is a Melbourne-based visual artist who uses stenciling on public and private walls to question notions of cultural invisibility, national identity and public surveillance. Sampling Aboriginal iconography with secular imagery, his work embodies the easy duality of contemporary Aboriginality. The title Patternation refers to not just the repeated geometric patterns that often appear in Rennie’s work, but furthermore the rhetoricized and contrived “patter” of Australian national discourse which promises so much, yet enacts so little. A brochure for the exhibition includes an article written by curator Stephen Glchrist. For more information on Rennie’s residency in January 2011, see our special projects page. To learn about the mural Rennie did in collaboration with Native American artist Frank Buffalo Hyde, click here.