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Neon Natives
Contact Phone: 9658 9455
Contact Email: publicart@melbourne.vic.gov.au
Venue: Cocker Alley, Melbourne Victoria
Dates: From Wed 01 Jun 11 To Tue 31 Dec 13

Neon Natives features a selection of Australian animals against a diamond geometric patterned background which is a cultural identifier of the Kamilaroi people.

Historically, shields and other objects would have been carved with this diamond motif design. Neon lights trace the outline of each animal, transforming the work at night. The native animal imagery references decorative kitsch found in Australiana souvenirs. Using spray paint, stencils and neon lighting, Rennie reworks and blurs the traditional and kitsch into a contemporary visual language, as an expression of the tension of contemporary Indigenous connection to land and history.

Born in Melbourne, Reko Rennie is a Kamilaroi / Gamilaraay / Gummaroi man. Rennie's art practice explores what it means to be an urban Aboriginal in contemporary Australian society. Drawing inspiration from his Aboriginal heritage, he recreates traditional images in a contemporary context using spray paint and stencils. His work often features the characteristic flora and fauna imagery that represent his community.

Reko Rennie is represented by Karen Woodbury Gallery. Neon Natives was originally commissioned by the Public Art Program for Laneway Commissions 2011.. www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/publicart

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