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8 August 2017
Scientific manipulation in Art. How could this encourage questions about humanity and our relationship with the environment? Coming up next we would be chatting to Claire Anna Watson about how her exhibition explores this. Claire Anna Watson's Neoplasm exhibition was designed to explore our humanity through our relationship to the environment and the scientific relationship of our food consumption.
Here to talk to us about her exhibition, the artist herself. ...more
Glenn Barkley and Holly Williams o the Curators' Department write, "urbanised and sprawling, Sydney is deeply urbane yet paradoxically wild", arguing that our lives, architecture and intuition are tightly woven with the animal kingdom. Artists Mechelle Bounpraseuth, Blak Douglas, Mylyn Nguyen and Garry Trinh present cross-media works in street photography, video and ceramics alongside a collection of animalia gifts received by the City of Sydney, and objects from the Australian National Maritime Museum. ...more
White canvas breathes through silk-screened layers of black, red, and yellow paint to form compositions that suggest urban landscapes. Robert Boynes draws inspiration from contemporary photographs, his own and from other sources, and interprets the effects that technology, fast-paced living, transience, displacement, public surveillance, war and climate change have on society both in the private and public domains. This vibrant and telling body of work made over two decades expresses the fragilities of human existence in contemporary society. ...more
15-16 July 2017
This exhibition traces the five-decade career of established Australian artist Robert Boynes and the evolution of his visual and conceptual style, from his vibrant neo-pop paintings of the 1960s to the multi-layered screen prints made in the '90s. ...more
Art Monthly Australasia
13 July 2017
In his paintings, Robert Boynes delves underneath the surface of the city, dissolving narratives, blurring edges, creating incandescent figures from the excised fragments captured in the frame of his camera. He conjures the metropolis as a complex set of spaces and structures where individuals work and live together, inhabiting streets and offices, negotiating interwoven infrastructures of transport and communication which operate diagonally, horizontally, vertically and virtually. The complex hive-like nature of the city brings individuals together and also separates them. ...more
Art Guide Australia
13 July 2017
Viewing Robert Boynes's paintings from the last five decades is like watching the joys and plagues of Western culture appear before our very eyes. Among the artist's many engagements, there are concerns with technology, pleasure, modernism, urban alienation, imperialism, capitalism and the environment. Simply put, itís the stuff of modern life. In acknowledgement of such a vast array of work, MAY SPACE is currently surveying a collection of the artist's paintings from the last fifty years. ...more
The bustling streets of New York, Chicago and Sydney provide rich source material for Robert Boynes, who approaches cities as both beguiling and problematic. Through his lens, we apprehend cities as sites of profound alienation or places on the brink of environmental collapse. In the recent paintings Infinite red and To whom it may concern the artist draws attention to the dark layers of bureaucracy that impede the liberation of displaced peoples. ...more
The Canberra Times
1 July 2017
Robert Boynes came to Canberra from Adelaide about 40 years ago to take up the position as the inaugural head of the Painting Workshop at the newly established Canberra School of Art. It was a position that he held until his retirement in 2006.
This exhibition focuses on his paintings from the past two decades and I have never seen an exhibition of his work look so good. Boynes has always been a socially engaged artist, a commentator on life and society. In Adelaide, he had built up a reputation for making hard-hitting political graphics, mainly screenprints aimed at attacking capitalism and imperialism. On coming to Canberra, he worked on images of social displacement and urban alienation, creating strangely ambiguous images of victims discarded on the fringes of society - people sleeping rough with heads frequently covered with newspapers. ...more
25 June 2017
The artworks of Robert Boynes in his exhibition, "Modern Times", lean strongly towards the graphic. They are filled with ghostly images of humans in what could be a post-apocalyptic world.
These screen-printed paintings offer a feeling of people who might be surviving through a nuclear winter or a great disaster. Though the artworks have nothing to do with that, there is a profound sense of quiet desperation and disbelief going on in many images. ...more
24 June 2017
Laura Van Uum
THE sweet sounds of a cello playing can be heard throughout the Bathurst Regional Art Gallery at the moment as the sound track to Todd Fullerís hand-drawn animation entitled Icarus of the Hill. ...more
ANU Drill Hall Gallery
Exhibition catalogue for Robert Boynes's survey exhibition, "Robert Boynes: Modern Times".
Softcover, 52pp, illustrated
20 x 24cm
Interview by Terence Maloon. ...more
The Daily Examiner
8 June 2017
SYDNEY artist and curator Todd Fuller, who has visited the Grafton Regional Gallery many times to exhibit and work with local artists.
Ahead of today's public meeting to protest against possible funding cuts for the gallery, he has written a passionate open letter championing the role of the gallery in the region and as an ambassador for the Clarence Valley. ...more