Todd Robinson & Mark Titmarsh in a collaborative art/fashion project draw on action painting, garment making & performance. Adjacent practices collide and coincide turning garments into substrate, and painting into a wet and wild catwalk. Inside out garments, warm fleshy surfaces and the gravitational pull of viscous fluids become an open system of production, a change room with a proscenium arch, in short a public fitting.
Mark Titmarsh is a purveyor of total painting, with anything including fashion, capable of absorption into its ever expanding girth. His paintings and filmwork are currently held in public collections across Australia, and in private collections in Europe and the United States.
His current work executed under the rubric of ‘expanded painting’ is painting about painting or painting that dissimulates into objects, videos and texts. Recent work has included paintings on industrial materials, environments of fluorescent string and video works for mobile phones. In early 2006 he was a cofounder of the artist run space, Loose Projects.
Mark is currently a tenured, part time lecturer in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, where he has taught Image Making and Screen Media Production in the Visual Communication Program since 1999.
Todd Robinson is a former fashion designer, researcher and artist. His practice traverses sculpture, textiles, fashion/clothing and installation. His practice explores the multiple intelligences of bodily knowledge and practice and shows a concern with shaping flows, arrangements and openness rather than construction, trabeation and closed form. Work often results from serial production or systems, craft processes and is marked by spatial complexity and intricate tactile surfaces, while in the current project at MOP he returns to fashion work, producing a set of vestimentary surfaces. Robinson's work has been collected by the National Gallery of Victoria and has been exhibited in range of institutional, contemporary and artist run spaces including ARTSPACE, Sydney, The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne and Grantpirrie Gallery, Sydney. This is his third exhibition at MOP.
Todd is currently a lecturer in the fashion and textiles program at University of Technology, Sydney and is undertaking a PhD research into the cultivation of somatic experience
MOP Projects is assisted by the NSW Government through Arts NSW
Image: Message stick, 2011, Mixed medium, 150 X 150 cm
GALLERY 2 BLACK MAGIC Reko Rennie ( Melb )
Reko Rennie has developed a new body of work featuring neon lighting and his signature geometric iconograghy of the Kamilaroi/Gamilaroi/Gummaroi people.
Rennie's geometric message sticks incorporate elements of an urban graffiti subculture, juxtaposing a contemporary representation of traditional iconography and an exploration of identity. Neon acid-bright pop art aesthetics provide a sophisticated insight into the identity of a contemporary Aboriginal artist.
Reko Rennie is a Kamilaroi/Gamilaraay/Gummaroi man, born in Melbourne, Australia in 1974. Through his art, Reko explores what it means to be an urban Aboriginal in contemporary Australian society. Rennie received no formal artistic training but as a teenager discovered graffiti, which would become an all-consuming passion. He quickly began producing original art on the streets of Melbourne. Subsequently Rennie has matured into an interrogative and highly innovative artist. His art and installations continually explore issues of identity, race, law and justice, land rights, stolen generations and other issues affecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in contemporary society.
Rennie has exhibited internationally in Paris, Italy, Belgium, USA and Hong Kong. He has exhibited in several solo shows including 'Native' at the Dianne Tanzer Gallery in Melbourne and 'Bora', at LeMUR Association in Paris and numerous group exhibitions in Australia.
His work is held in the Art Gallery of Western Australia and has been the recipient of many major awards including the 2009 Cite International des Arts Australia Council Residency, Paris.