Robert Rooney: A Night of Talks
Wednesday 24 April 6—8pm
Centre for Contemporary Photography
Artist Philip Brophy, writer and curator David Homewood and Martyn Jolly, Head of Photography and Media Arts, ANU School of Art, speak on and around the work of Robert Rooney.
Children and adolescents are often seen as ragged kid-flaneurs, re-mapping familiar urban or suburban spaces. Using a diverse range of historical Australian sources, Martin Jolly will explore these secret, under the adult radar, territories and trajectories.
Martyn Jolly is Head of Photography and Media Arts at the ANU School of Art. He is an artist and writer. His book Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography came out in 2006.
David Homewood's talk will discuss the negation of artistic intention in Rooney's work from the late 1960s and early 1970s. It will focus in particular on the serialised depiction of the commonplace in several of his photographic works.
David Homewood is a writer and curator who lives in Melbourne.
Philip Brophy will discuss how Robert Rooney's painting draws upon a conceptual understanding of the figurative and iconic, and how that legacy relates to current modalities of painting-as-thinking-about-painting.
Philip Brophy writes on painting among other things. philipbrophy.com
A discussion will follow, lead by the exhibition curators, Maggie Finch and Patrick Pound.
Entry by gold coin donation
Image: Robert Rooney Children, Hawthorn East 1 1958, courtesy the artist, Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne and Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney.
Last Updated 29 April 2013