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Four exhibitions in Albert Street, Richmond: Pamela Rataj at Anita Traverso Gallery, Claudia Damichi at Sophie Gannon Gallery, Steve Randall at John Buckley Gallery and Robert Boynes at Karen Woodbury Gallery

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Four interesting exhibitions in Albert Street, Richmond – from the beautiful, formed leather sculptures of Pamela Rataj to the wonderfully vibrant tropical bird, chair and decorative pattern paintings of Claudia Damichi; from the intensely observed canvas environments of Steve Randall to the post-photographic silk-screen textualisations of Robert Boynes. Well worth a visit on a Saturday afternoon!

As always, many thankx to the galleries for allowing me to publish the images in this posting. Please click on the images for a larger version.

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Pamela Rataj. ‘The Morphology of Forgetting’ at Anita Traverso Gallery. 7th April – 1st May 2010

Claudia Damichi. ‘The Bitter Sweet’ at Sophie Gannon Gallery. 30th March – 25th April 2010

Steve Rendall. ‘Security, Storage and Recreation’ at John Buckley Gallery. 8th April – 1st May 2010

Robert Boynes. ‘Postscript’ at Karen Woodbury Gallery. 7th April to 1st May 2010

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Pamela Rataj. ‘The Morphology of Forgetting’ at Anita Traverso Gallery
7th April – 1st May 2010

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Pamela Rataj
‘Tangent Bundle’
2009

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Pamela Rataj
‘Ravel’
2009

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Pamela Rataj
‘Kairos’
2009

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“How to draw a boundary between self and other, past time and today?

Patterns and forms in nature often resemble one another, connecting life forms in unexpected ways. Tide lines left in the sand resemble the grains found in a piece of wood, and the veins in a leaf or those in a hand.

The age lines in the trunk of a tree form as each outer layer covers the one preceding it and echoes its shape. This makes me think of the way past experience resurfaces as memory, receding or becoming more important at different times in our lives, as each new experience envelopes our previous states of being and yet is shaped by them.

The wrapped and layered forms in The Morphology of Forgetting explore coexistence and connection.

I dedicate this exhibition to my parents, whose recent deaths have helped me appreciate memory as a way to connect through time.”

Pamela Rataj 2010

Press release from the Anita Traverso Gallery website

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Pamela Rataj
‘Faisceaux 1′
2009

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Pamela Rataj
‘Faisceaux 4′
2009

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Claudia Damichi. ‘The Bitter Sweet’ at Sophie Gannon Gallery
30th March – 25th April 2010

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Claudia Damichi
‘Birds eye’
2010

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Claudia Damichi
‘Star Gazer’
2009

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Claudia Damichi
‘Gridlock’
2010

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Claudia Damichi
‘Reading between the lines’
2010

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Claudia Damichi
‘Look out’
2010

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Steve Rendall. ‘Security, Storage and Recreation’ at John Buckley Gallery
8th April – 1st May 2010

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Steven Rendall
‘Claustrophobia’
2010

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Steven Rendall
‘Archive 1′
2010

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Steven Rendall
‘Archive 2′
2010

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“Citing the British artist Walter Sickert as an important influence on his painterly style, Rendall’s work displays a form and content that has attracted the attention of both critics and collectors. A key work in the exhibition is a large-scale painting on un-stretched linen titled Fountain (Rosemary’s Baby) that sprawls across 4.5m. Certain fountains, along with other apparently arbitrary images of television monitors, speedboats, clothing racks, shelving units and museum interiors are recurring motifs in Rendall’s paintings.

Rendall aims to ‘collect and synthesise’ images from around his home and en route to and from his Brunswick studio. Passing observations of window displays, charity shops and various light industrial warehouses are registered and recorded in conjunction with the accumulation of promotional flyers spruiking leisure activities and museum experiences. This shambolic collection of images is transcribed into an array of compositions in Rendall’s paintings. Images occasionally materialise in unlikely places, such as the spectral diver’s head that is resting on a warehouse shelf in the appropriately titled Storage.

In the exhibition Security, Storage and Recreation, you are invited to enter the image bank of Steven Rendall; a ‘wake in fright’ experience where one can become immersed and caught up in the maelstrom of the artist’s visual language – a sequence of painterly dreams each similar yet different to the last.”

Press release from the John Buckley Gallery website

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Steven Rendall
‘Flat Screens (Green)’
2010

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Steven Rendall
‘Pipes’
2010

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Steven Rendall
‘Redacted 2′
2010

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Robert Boynes. ‘Postscript’ at Karen Woodbury Gallery
7th April to 1st May 2010

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Robert Boynes
‘Street Runner’
2010

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Robert Boynes
‘Days that we forgot’
2010

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Robert Boynes
‘Signal Driver’
2010

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Postscript is Robert Boynes’ second solo exhibition with Karen Woodbury Gallery. This series continues with his exploration of urban themes, contemporary experience and experimentation into ways of using paint. In this most recent body of work Robert has employed the use of text in juxtaposition to various materials such as wood and velvet. The text conveys a feeling of noise and urban clatter, acting as a context and environment for the figures within the work.

His technique involves transferring photographic images to large silk screens and dragging paint through the mesh onto canvas. Robert thus has control in the manipulation of colour, density and translucency of the images. This process results in still moments that magnify and investigate everyday observable reality. The anonymous figures are juxtaposed with text and layering of saturated, contrasting colours, appearing objectified and ghostly.

These works embody a filmic quality, the multi-panelled paintings signify fragmented narratives and enquire into perceptions of time and space.”

Text from the Karen Woodbury Gallery website

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Robert Boynes
‘Postscript’
2009

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Robert Boynes
‘Body Type 2′
2010

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Robert Boynes
‘Body Type 3′
2010

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Robert Boynes
‘The layered moment’
2009

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Robert Boynes
‘Things we leave behind’
2009

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1 Response to “Four exhibitions in Albert Street, Richmond: Pamela Rataj at Anita Traverso Gallery, Claudia Damichi at Sophie Gannon Gallery, Steve Randall at John Buckley Gallery and Robert Boynes at Karen Woodbury Gallery”


  1. September 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    thank you share..very nice


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