Past News at Kluge-Ruhe

Reko Rennie: Patternation • Tuesday February 8, 2011

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection celebrated Reko Rennie’s exhibit Patternation with record-breaking attendance at the opening Friday, January 28, 2011. Rennie is a Melbourne-based artist from the Kamilaroi people who started his career as a street artist. During a two week residency at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection, Rennie used spray paint and stencils to transform a gallery in the small museum.

Stephen Gilchrist, curator of the installation, describes Rennie’s unique style of art as “intricate stencil imagery that is distinguished by its sampling of Aboriginal symbology, use of Australian native animals and flora, and integration of personal and national insignia.” A visitor says, “it looks like op art meets traditional Aboriginal design” pointing to the fluorescent colors and giant pink kangaroo, “Big red”, one of Rennie’s iconic images.

Local filmmakers Rob Douglas and JJ Cohoon of Squid and Beard captured Rennie’s installation through time-lapse photography combined with a series of interviews with Rennie, Gilchrist and Kluge-Ruhe Director Margo Smith. The resulting film is part of the exhibit at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection with a shortened version viewable online. In addition, Squid and Beard produced a 360 degree panorama of the exhibit.

Reko Rennie: Patternation will remain on exhibit until April 4, 2011. At that time, the gallery walls will be repainted covering up the work of art. Smith says, “several visitors have objected to this being a temporary installation that will be painted over but the cool thing is that it will always be here, underneath whatever comes next.”

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sunday 1 to 5 pm. Admission and parking are free.