15 November 2013

Reko Rennie | King and Country

Karen Woodbury Gallery artist Reko Rennie was covered today in The Age following the opening of King and Country at Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne. This is Reko's first show at Karen Woodbury Gallery and he explores the potency of the symbol as a reflection of identity, affiliation and pop culture psyche. King and Country will run until December 14 at Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne.

King and Country 2013, acrylic and pigment on linen, 140.0 x 200.0 cm

This is my 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.
Reko Rennie

Coinciding with King and Country is the launch of The National Gallery of Victoria's ambitious new summer exhibition Melbourne Now. Rennie has been selected amongst over 400 other Melbourne based artists to participate Melbourne Now 2013.The exhibition will spread over the NGV's two sites (NGV Australia and NGV International) and other venues across Melbourne. Melbourne Now celebrates 'the creative minds that have shaped our city'.

Regalia (crown, diamond and flag) 2013, exhibition installation

Initiation 2013, exhibition installation, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne

Initiation #3 2013, glass, mirror and acrylic

For further information regarding Reko Rennie please contact Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne on (03) 9639 5855 or info@kwgallery.com.