Mark Rodda: Ephemeral Archipelago and Estuary Lookout - Art Collector

Mark Rodda 'Fading Foundry’ 2017, acrylic and oil on wood panel, 50 × 45cm. Courtesy the artist and Gallery 9.

Mark Rodda presents two separate series of paintings in Ephemeral Archipelago & Estuary Lookout. Constellations of marks, textures and shapes gently drift, separate and bond together in Ephemeral Archipelago, suggesting a world that is micro and cellular, as well as a landscape of more cosmic proportions. Rodda deploys a repertoire of brushstrokes and gestures in these works – sticky accretions of paint contrast with transparent washes, watery flecks of colour and the smoothly sanded timber supports.

In Estuary Lookout, the artist reintroduces his mysterious cast of characters to these floating worlds. He describes these more representational paintings as ‘pin boards’ that hold disconnected fragments of imagery. Rather than convey narrative, he tries to create a feeling of what he calls ‘relaxed but engaged freedom’ – the landscape of the mind in an untamed state of reverie.

Exhibition opens: 6pm-8pm, Wednesday 14 June 2017
Exhibition closes: 8 July 2017
Location: 9 Darley Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010
Contact: +61

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