Monday, July 27, 2009
New Show at Darren Knight Gallery Aug 1st
Darren Knight Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new paintings, drawings and porcelain works by Melbourne-based artist Rob McHaffie.
Rob McHaffie recently spent some months living not far from Byron Bay in northern NSW, and has taken the title of the exhibition, Step out of character, become yourself, from amongst the quotes that adorn the walls of the Nimbin Museum. Since returning to Melbourne the artist has continued to incorporate these experiences of a relaxed ‘hippy’ lifestyle into the confessions and social observations which have come to characterise his practice. Elements of this folk sensibility – Willie Nelson, acoustic guitars, woven ponchos, nudity, natural outdoor settings, and references to vegetarianism are interspersed with contemporary versions of Picasso’s minotaur and cubist figures. These inhabit country houses and their domestic interiors alongside suggestions of soap operas and material aspiration. McHaffie has sought to portray “imagery of people entertaining themselves unplugged from technology, pursuing creative endeavours in these hand built houses surrounded by nature.” (Rob McHaffie, 2009). The exhibition will also include a number of portrait images which indicate a continuation of the artist’s established technique of contriving collaged subjects from porcelain models and magazine cut-outs.