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.
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.
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, it’s 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.
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.
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.
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 Fuller’s hand-drawn animation entitled Icarus of the Hill.
Fuller created this captivating and evocative work whilst participating in a one-month residency at Murray's Cottage as part of the Hill End Artist in Residence Program earlier this year.
Read online: http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/4748561/drawing-on-greats-who-w…
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.
6 May 2017
At the heart of Nicole Welch's exhibition Wildornes Land at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre is the work Wildornes Body, a work the artist initially created as a standalone exhibit in the Kandos Museum for Cementa17. In Wildornes Body the artist lies on a mirror wrapped in a mourning shawl, filmed in time-lapse as a pose of endurance....more
Structure, division, repetition and algorithms help us to navigate the everyday, organise ourselves, are key to appreciating the rhythms and patterns of the natural world and, as Rosalind Krauss argued in her seminal essay 'Grid' (1985) represent modernity in Western art history. With such conceptual and aesthetic meaning in mind Al Munro's practice and curatorial interest has developed as have her contemporaries, artists Emma Beer, Sally Blake, Julie Brooke, Kirsten Farrell, Jay Kochel and Wendy Teakel all on show in 'Off Grid'.