Reko Rennie, Artist, Melbourne
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Venice Biennale
Palazzo Mora

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Venice Biennale
Palazzo Mora
2015

Regalia – my installation at Personal Structures: Crossing Borders, a collateral event of the 56th Venice Biennale presented by blackartprojects at Palazzo Mora in Venice. Supported by Urban Art Projects – UAP

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No Sleep Till Dreamtime – Side B
Art Gallery of NSW

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No Sleep Till Dreamtime – Side B
Art Gallery of NSW
2014

Reko Rennie confidently embraces neoteric materials of neon, spray-paint, graffiti, and signage to create psychedelic proclamations of political resistance. He adopts the shiny, hard-edge patterning of modern advertising to represent Kamilaroi diamond-shaped incisions on carved trees that were previously confined to ceremony.

He thereby moves backwards into the future, giving ancient symbols a contemporary, urban edge, and asserts his indelible connection to the Kamilaroi people. Tony Ellwood Director, National Gallery of Victoria Curated by blackart projects.

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No Sleep Till Dreamtime – Side A
Chalkhorse Gallery

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No Sleep Till Dreamtime – Side A
Chalkhorse Gallery
2014

No Sleep Till Dreamtime – Side A Chalkhorse Gallery, Sydney 2014 Reko Rennie confidently embraces neoteric materials of neon, spray-paint, graffiti, and signage to create psychedelic proclamations of political resistance. He adopts the shiny, hard-edge patterning of modern advertising to represent Kamilaroi diamond-shaped incisions on carved trees that were previously confined to ceremony. He thereby moves backwards into the future, giving ancient symbols a contemporary, urban edge, and asserts his indelible connection to the Kamilaroi people. Tony Ellwood Director, National Gallery of Victoria Curated by blackart projects

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Warriors Come Out To Play
CEMETI ART HOUSE

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Warriors Come Out To Play
CEMETI ART HOUSE
2014

‘Warriors Come Out To Play’ is a suite of works that draws its cue from two dystopian cult films released in 1979, America’s The Warriors and Australia’s Mad Max.
Commenting on social hypotheses of modern Australia, a place where bikie culture and outlaw behaviour is prevalent, Reko Rennie incorporates his immediately recognisable high key colours and diamond patterning amongst black leather patch designs. These designs are idiosyncratic emblems of Rennie’s Aboriginal heritage. They speak of his Kamilaroi background, his upbringing in Melbourne’s western suburbs, and the influences of graffiti and pop art in his formative years.

This project was an Asialink Residency .

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Murri Totem Poles
LIMS

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Murri Totem Poles
LIMS
2013

These four totem poles were commissioned for the forecourt of the new La Trobe Institute for Molecular Science at Bundoora and were a collaboration between myself, Matt Fearns and architect Peter Lonergan and team at Cracknell & Lonergan in Sydney. Each pole has been designed using the five platonic solids – icosahedron, octahedron, star tetrahedron, hexahedron and dodecahedron – considered to be the building blocks of nature within Western science and philosophy and also incorporating Aboriginal geometric patterning that pre-dates Plato’s philosophy, and invites a dialogue about the relationship between the past, present and future. Murri Totems is also the first major sculptural commission on the Melbourne campus since the mid-1980s, making it an important addition to the University’s Art Collection and Sculpture Park.

Murri Totem Poles
Automotive paint and aluminum
5M x 1.7M

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Black Diamond
Sydney Comtemporary Art Fair with blackartprojects

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Black Diamond
Sydney Comtemporary Art Fair with blackartprojects
2013

Black Diamond catalogue

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Rekospective
Art Gallery of WA

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Rekospective
Art Gallery of WA
2011

Rekospective – The Art Gallery of Western Australia

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Trust the 2%
GOMA

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Trust the 2%
GOMA
2013

This installation has been commissioned by the Queensland Art Gallery’s Gallery of Modern Art for the exhibition titled ‘MY COUNTRY, I STILL CALL AUSTRALIA HOME’ Contemporary Art from Black Australia, Curated by Bruce McLean. The Indigenous population of Australia makes up around 2% of the total population. Trust the 2% explores the uneasy relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia, expressed through the symbolic icon of outlaws. Originally the symbol “1%ER” inside a diamond is used to represent some outlaw motorcycle gangs. And some outlaw motorcycle clubs refer to themselves as ‘one percenters’. I have taken this modern graphic image and re-worked the image to include ‘2%ER’ to reflect on a similar uneasy relationship Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia.

TRUST THE 2% – 2013
Acrylic, MDF and gold
19M x 14M

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Neo Geo
DIANNE TANZER GALLERY

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Neo Geo
DIANNE TANZER GALLERY
2011

Neo-Geo is a play on the art movement that occurred in the mid 1980s. Short for ‘new geometry’, Rennie re-contextualises this concept and re-defines his relationship to the Kamilaroi diamond patterning in a new body of work that draws on the traditional Kamilaroi practice of carving and inscription, extending this practice to incorporate spray-can totem poles rendered in bronze, and hyper-coloured metallic foils.

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Homebrand
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute

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Homebrand
Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
2011

This was an epic install, I had just over a week and half to paint eight large walls, each wall was 3 metres in height by several metres long.

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Jakarta
Gallery Salihara

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Jakarta
Gallery Salihara
2012

Gallery Salihara installation and collaboration with Jakarta artist Bujangan Urban

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Remember Me
Washington DC

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Remember Me
Washington DC
2012

This is of course not about remembering me, but remembering the past and remembering the original inhabitants of the land, at home and abroad.
This work is 9 feet high by nearly 60 feet long and is a mixed medium of paper, acrylic, spray paint and neon.
This work was commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for the 5 x 5 project in WASHINGTON DC.

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Scope
NYC - Art Fair

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Scope
NYC - Art Fair
2012

SCOPE Art Fair and dianne tanzer gallery + projects

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Santa Fe
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ARTS

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Santa Fe
MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ARTS
2012

This work is a collaboration with my friend and fellow artist, Frank Buffalo Hyde at the Museum of Contemporary Native Art in Santa Fe.
The title of the work is OA NDN – Original Aboriginal Indian. We incorporated imagery associated to our identity and inter-weaved our patterning to represent our connection as friends and Indigenous brothers. I really want to thank Terry Snoball, Ryan Rice and the Institute of American Indian Arts students – Eyje, Cameron, Daryl, Leena, Moira, Heidi and Chas.

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Archibald Prize
Art Gallery of NSW

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Archibald Prize
Art Gallery of NSW
2012

My Portrait of Hetti Perkins – Finalist 2012 Archibald Prize

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Black Magic – Sydney
Art Gallery of NSW

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Black Magic – Sydney
Art Gallery of NSW
2011

Commissioned installation at the Art Gallery of NSW.

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Always Was, Always Will Be
SYDNEY

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Always Was, Always Will Be
SYDNEY
2012

I was commissioned as part of the City of Sydney’s Streetware program for 2012.
The work is located on busy Oxford Street, in Taylor Square directly across from the National Art School.
In this work, I used the geometric diamonds, referencing my associations to north-western NSW and the traditional markings of the Kamilaroi people. I was very fortunate to collaborate with Cracknell and Lonergan Architects to realise the artwork in this public context and at this large scale. The artwork features fluoro pigmented paints applied to the 1-5 Flinders Street building.
Across the front of the building façade, neon text (‘Always was, always will be’) is incorporated across the geometric diamonds. As a temporary work in this urban context the meaning is clear – this always was Gadigal country and always will be Gadigal.

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Passing Parade
Alaska Projects

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Passing Parade
Alaska Projects
2012

ALASKA Projects- Passing Parade—Zehra Ahmed, Sarah Contos, Reko Rennie, the Motel Sisters, George Tiliankas. Curated by Joel Mu.
This work is titled ‘Original’. Acrylic, spray-paint, black light and reclaimed Australian flag from the 1950s

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Royalty
Gertrude Contemporary

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Royalty
Gertrude Contemporary
2013

Three hand drawn symbols – the crown, the diamond and the Aboriginal flag – are presented as an emblematic statement about the original royalty of Australia.

At Gertrude Contemporary during my studio residency of 2012 – 2014.

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Regalia
Ryan Renshaw Gallery

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Regalia
Ryan Renshaw Gallery
2013

Three hand drawn symbols – the crown, the diamond and the Aboriginal flag – are presented as an emblematic statement about the original royalty of Australia. The crown symbol is both in homage to my graffiti roots and also pays due respect to Jean-Michel Basquiat, but most importantly symbolizes sovereign status. The crown reminds us that Aboriginal people are the original sovereigns of this country.
The diamond symbol is emblematic of my connection to the Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi people. This diamond symbol is similar to a family crest; it is a part of me. The hand-drawn Aboriginal flag in the form of a graffiti tag pays respect to all Aboriginal people, from environments both urban and remote, and anywhere in between.

REGALIA 2013
Neon, gloss perspex, edition 1/2 + AP
BUNBURY STREET 2013
Acrylic and acylic ink on Belgium linen

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Melbourne Now
National Gallery of Victoria

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Melbourne Now
National Gallery of Victoria
2013

Initiation – my 41 panel commissioned work for the NGV Melbourne Now.

 

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King & Country
Karen Woodbury Gallery

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King & Country
Karen Woodbury Gallery
2013

King and Country is my emblematic statement about the original royalty of Australia. It explores “the potency of the symbol as a reflection of identity, affiliation and pop-culture psyche”.

King and Country includes painting, screen-printing, sculpture, neon and video work with the repeated use of pared down and reinterpreted symbols – the crown (sovereignty), the flag (identity) and the diamond (my personal clan).

 

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Neon Natives
Melbourne

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Neon Natives
Melbourne
2011

City of Melbourne Laneway Commission 2011

Located in Cocker Alley

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Le Mur
Paris

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Le Mur
Paris
2010

I was invited by the Le MUR Association in Paris to make a site specific work in Oberkampf, Paris 2010.

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Omission
Linden New Art - St Kilda

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Omission
Linden New Art - St Kilda
2012

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER
This work is about mission life. For Aboriginal children, forcibly removed or taken from their mothers and fathers and moved onto missions that were indoctrinated under the cross, from ‘good intentions’ pain prevailed. I have used an icon of faith that was used to shield unspeakable acts against children who were unwilling participants in ‘good intentions’.

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Gertrude Contemporary Studio Exhibition
Fitzroy

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Gertrude Contemporary Studio Exhibition
Fitzroy
2012

The Indigenous population of Australia makes up around 2% of the total population. Trust the 2% explores the uneasy relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia, expressed through the symbolic icon of outlaws. Originally the symbol “1%ER” inside a diamond is used to represent some outlaw motorcycle gangs. And some outlaw motorcycle clubs refer to themselves as ‘one percenters’. I have taken this modern graphic image and re-worked the image to include ‘2%ER’ to reflect on a similar uneasy relationship Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australia.

TRUST THE 2% – Neon and Perspex ed 1/2 +AP , 2012

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Patternation
Kluge Ruhe - Virginia

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Patternation
Kluge Ruhe - Virginia
2011

Patternation exhibition curated by Stephen Gilchrist at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia

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Native
Dianne Tanzer Gallery

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Native
Dianne Tanzer Gallery
2010

Native exhibition in Melbourne at Dianne Tanzer Gallery 2010
Images courtesy of Andrew Noble

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Connect 4
Paradise Hills

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Connect 4
Paradise Hills
2010

Connect 4 group exhibition at Paradise Hills Gallery, Curated by Rus Kitchin, including Jay Walker, Stabs, Reko Rennie and Rus Kitchen.

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Shanghai
China

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Shanghai
China
2010

Shanghai China, 2010

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Ab Original
Dianne Tanzer Gallery

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Ab Original
Dianne Tanzer Gallery
2009

(Ab) Original solo exhibition at Dianne Tanzer Gallery, Melbourne – 2009

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