Exhibition Dates: 15 April - 21 May
Open: Monday - Friday, 10am - 5pm
Opening Event: Thursday 25 April, 5 - 8pm
“You see, I went on with this research just the way it led me. That is the only way I ever heard of research going. I asked a question, devised some method of getting an answer, and got a fresh question.”
Dr Moreau from The Island of Dr Moreau, H. G. Wells
This two-person exhibition in Wimbledon Space, features the recent work of Steven Rendall, who is based in Melbourne, Australia and Benet Spencer, who is based in London.
The exhibition addresses the relationship between collage and painting, through presenting artworks which are re-combinations of found images. Sampling, hybridity and faults in translation are evident, calling to attention the process of making; with images thriving on accumulation, scale and density. The language of production is a key aspect, along with the critical discourse within contemporary painting concerning the role of the found image.
Collision Drive 1 will include a site-responsive element within the gallery environment, where the installation of the work will address the architecture of the Wimbledon Space, through specific interventions in certain areas by painting sections of gallery walls in geometric shapes of flat colour. These coloured insertions will build a particular relationship to the paintings on view, where the architecture of the space becomes activated as a compositional form, relating to the structure and internal dynamic of the paintings.
Collision Drive 2, will travel to Lincoln, 27 June - 18 July 2019, before continuing to RMIT Project Space Space, Melbourne, Australia in 2020, as Collision Drive 3.
Steven Rendall’s practice oscillates between representational painting and the audio-visual realm in the form of digital process-based films and VHS-based videos. These approaches are used to search for different ways to scavenge images and materials and disrupt the flows of images and technologies. Rendall moved to Melbourne in 2000 where he currently lives and works. He completed a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) at De Montfort University in Leicester (1993), undertook post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools in London (1996) and completed a PhD at Monash University in 2015. He currently teaches at RMIT University.
Recent exhibitions include Image Capture Video Loss (2016) at Niagara Galleries; Running Interference (2016) at Rubicon ARI; Chain of Mountains (2016) at TCB; Data Flow (2016) Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery; Transmission (2015) National Gallery of Victoria; He has had work shortlisted for The Bayside Prize (2017) and The Darebin Prize (2017).
Benet Spencer is an artist, curator and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Anglia Ruskin University. His painting focuses on architecture, which is explored through both iconography and the language of pictorial representation. He works through a variety of processes, including digital imaging, collage, and paintings made with both oil and acrylic on canvas.
Selected exhibitions include Phase II – Imagining Architecture, Institut Supérieur des Arts de Toulouse (2018); Phase I, Ruskin Gallery, Cambridge (2016); P, Horatio Junior, London (2015); Opinion Makers, Londonnewcastle Space, London (2014); A Union of Voices, Horatio Junior (2014).
Study for '...when the film from the mental vision departs' (detail)
21 x 29.7cm