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Over March, Ro worked at the art residency BigCi Bilpin in preparation for her installation #keepitintheground selected for Sculpture at Scenic World opening 12 April. Study for the Miners Hut

Ro’s Artist talk at the BigCi open day.

Ro’s Artist talk at the BigCi open day.

#keepitintheground at the Miners Hut, Katoomba.

#keepitintheground at the Miners Hut, Katoomba.

Murray & Burgess - Sort it Out

Ro and Mandy Burgess start Factory 49  calendar with their installation sort it out Opening 6-8pm Wednesday  January 30. The collaborators extends the act of making into a challenge to document the content of their yellow bins. They playfully approach sculpture using discarded rural metal fragments to make seven symbolic open vessels. Their process-oriented constructions are drawings in space.  

Sort It Out

Sort It Out

The collaborators have been accepted finalists with Fortress for the North Sydney Art Prize, the Coal Loader Site at Waverton, opening 2 March until 17 March. ‘Fortress’ is a mini forest of seven dead trees with yellow wooden tree collars as a stark reminder that the environment needs protection from the damaging effects of man-made climate change. There will be more frequent and extreme temperatures and winds which will cause devastating bushfires, droughts and cyclones.

December 2018

2018 had an exciting finish to the year for Ro with works on her dead-filed architectural negatives selected for several art prizes.

Midden  2017, ink and collage on tracing paper, 74x140cm, was selected finalist for Blacktown City Art Prize, image credit David Roche

Midden 2017, ink and collage on tracing paper, 74x140cm, was selected finalist for Blacktown City Art Prize, image credit David Roche

Beside the Park  2018, dye sublimation print on aluminium, was selected finalist for Greenway Art Prize

Beside the Park 2018, dye sublimation print on aluminium, was selected finalist for Greenway Art Prize

Section CC  2017, ink and collage on tracing paper, 72x100cmm, was selected finalist for Grace Cossington Smith Award

Section CC 2017, ink and collage on tracing paper, 72x100cmm, was selected finalist for Grace Cossington Smith Award

Following her Solo exhibition at Factory49, Ro continued to develop her red and black geometric series. #liddell acrylic mural on marine ply (five panels), 240x600cm, carpark of Look Printing, Albion Street Leichhardt.

Following her Solo exhibition at Factory49, Ro continued to develop her red and black geometric series. #liddell acrylic mural on marine ply (five panels), 240x600cm, carpark of Look Printing, Albion Street Leichhardt.

#yallourn  acrylic mural and assemblage on timber, 240x260x360cm, Office Showroom Factory49

#yallourn acrylic mural and assemblage on timber, 240x260x360cm, Office Showroom Factory49

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Here and There

2018  AUGUST

Exciting new exhibitions and art prize in August/September.

I have an OPENING 6-8pm WEDNESDAY 1 AUGUST, dual exhibitions of my geometric series, in the Office Space and on the Outside Wall at Factory 49. Otherwise come and see me in the Gallery 1-6pm Thursdays.

   
  
    
  
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     #hazelwood 2018, acrylic wall mural Factory 49

 #hazelwood 2018, acrylic wall mural Factory 49

Here and There is a series of collaged tissue paper on my architectural negatives OPENING 22 AUGUST at  Home@735. Three are tracing paper and three dye sublimation prints on aluminium.

   
  
    
  
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    Ro Murray Rosalie meets Henri at the Fishmarket 2017 paper collage and ink on tracing paper, 59x42cm print on aluminium

Ro Murray Rosalie meets Henri at the Fishmarket 2017 paper collage and ink on tracing paper, 59x42cm print on aluminium

Part of this series is the triptych Midden, which was selected Finalist for Marie Ellis Prize for Drawing 3-17 August, Queensland College of Art, Griffin University, Brisbane.

Chrissie Cotter Gallery group exhibition “A Little Death” with Elizabeth Rankin, Kirsten Drewes, Ro Murray and Mandy Burgess. OPENING 6-8pm WEDNESDAY 5 SEPTEMBER, until 16 September. Unfortunately, I will be away for this show, but it will be worth seeing.

Factory 49, Marrickville

“What were they thinking” acrylic on plywood, wall installation 2.4x3.5m at Factory 49. Following my exhibition in April at Factory 49, I have been asked to join the Management Committee.

With another wall work installation to be part of the  group exhibition opening 20 May until 2 June, 49 Shepherd Street Marrickville with some fellow committee members Molly Wagner (molly_L_wagner), Jac Fontaine(j.font.art), Tara Lyubicic (taralyubicic).

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March 2018

Ro’s new body of work, The Architects Negative, lino prints on her dead filed architectural plans was part of the group exhibition INHABITED ARCHITECTURE at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, sponsored by Inner West Council during March. Fellow artists were Susan O’Doherty, Mandy Burgess, Freya Jobbins.
 

   
  
    
  
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    RM (left) artist’s talk Chrissie Cotter Gallery

RM (left) artist’s talk Chrissie Cotter Gallery

   
  
    
  
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    A4 to A1

A4 to A1

The lots of Art Prize selections for April and May for Ro: Section CC for Wyndham Art Prize and Swan Hill Print and Drawing Prize in Victoria. And the Murray Burgess collaboration: Sculpture at Scenic World and Sculpture Other in Katoomba.

November 2017

THE TWINS was included in the Sydney Story Factory auction if you can tell a story… 2017, which raised $80,000 to run writing programs for kids across Sydney. The response to The Twins “You can hear everyone screaming at the horse at the grand ball. It’s hilarious” - James from Woolloomooloo.

SECTION CC 2017, ink on paper, 76x93cm
Or death to the plastic drinking bottle, a homage to the thousands of plastic water bottles that go to landfill or are dumped in the ocean, on one of my dead filed architectural drawings from a past life.

Finalist Greenway Art Prize 2017

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Art For the Planet

Over October Ro and artists Jane Gillings, Dean Sewell and David Cragg, were featured in the public art exhibition ART FOR THE PLANET at Darling Quarter, curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery.

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Ro’s work sort to expose the ongoing and often hidden destruction of wilderness areas caused by long wall coal mining. The sculpture/paintings Banksia sculptorii and Araucaria explorii , oil on plywood, are a fusion of human and tree. They represent Rae and Yuri Bolotin, whose property is opposite Wollemi National Park, adjoining the Garden of Stones National Park. And the river ran black…a work of mixed media on paper – features drawings that interpret Yuri’s mapping project , where notable landforms in the garden of stones is given a presence by naming them, to help preserve this world Heritage Wilderness from destruction. 

The river ran black

The river ran black

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Araucaria explorii

Araucaria explorii

EXHIBITIONS ON THE NORTHSIDE OF THE HARBOUR

Ro coordinated eleven artists in a group exhibition “Another Perspective with Paper” at Grace Cossington Smith Gallery Wahroonga during July. The artists were Mandy Burgess, Marguerite de Fondaumiere, Wendy Edwards, Renuka Fernando, Lisa Giles, Tilly Lees, Pamela Leung, Jacqueline Maureira, Ro Murray, Mirra Whale, Lisa Woolfe, and curated by Christiane Keys-Statham.

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  Coal Fired mixed media 2015-17

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  Boy on the Pony I and II, drawing on lithograph 2017

Boy on the Pony I and II, drawing on lithograph 2017

Willoughby City Council as part of the Willoughby Visual Art Biennial commissioned a new work by Ro for an installation in the Council Foyer, on view over September. The installation Coves, Cliffs and Creeks is drawings and sculpture in the two glass cabinets, the wall and the glass Entry Doors.

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   (detail) ink and acrylic on rag paper 2017

 (detail) ink and acrylic on rag paper 2017

CHRIS O'BRIEN LIFEHOUSE RPA

As part of the art health program at the cancer clinic, Ro undertook a three-week art residency with Arterie over June 2017, painting on the glass walls around Chris O’Brien Lifehouse. The project is a development of her project PROFILE2050 at RPA Hospital last year, where Ro profiled by marker pen eighty-one people on glass, Portrait1952 profiles forty-five people in acrylic paint, with the first letter of their name and year of birth.

 

THE SPACE BETWEEN US

This group exhibition with Murray and Burgess, Deborah Burdett, Susannah Williams, and Renuka Fernando at Chrissie Cotter Gallery in Camperdown end of April was a development of their work from their exhibition The Waiting Room at Articulate Project Space. Murray and Burgess continued their development of home/homelessness with Passage. A labyrinth of spaces, lightly screened off with green fabric, strangely connecting to the tennis courts outside the French doors. With thanks to Inner West Council for their sponsorship. 

 

Work Around The Parramatta River

Two more outside installations by Murray and Burgess. The hydro stone figures The Battlers, who represented the women who saved Kelly’s Bush at Hunters Hill from development, and the first green ban, was selected finalist for Harbour Sculpture at Clarkes Point Woolwich in March. also selected was Ro’s work Araucaria explorii, a painted plywood silhouette of Yuri Bolotin, the conservationist for the Garden of Stones National Park, for the Inside Works exhibition.

The cluster of nine women and four children was also selected by Inner West Council for Art on the Greenway, on Hawthorn Canal near Lilyfield Bridge, appropriately amongst the trees by the water.

North Side Art Prizes

March is a busy month for Murray and Burgess with the installation of new works on the harbour.

The biennial North Sydney Art Prize is at the Coal Loader Centre for Sustainability at Balls Head - opening 11 March. Murray and Burgess were selected finalist for the stacked hydro stone hands We are all the Same. Ro’s eleven painted silhouettes No Place for Children is also a finalist, installed in the tunnel. This is an exciting place to explore with works in the newly excavated chambers of the adjoining tunnel. Daily 10am - 5pm, 11 - 26 March 2017.

Come visit Harbour Sculpture at Clarkes Point Reserve Woolwich to view Murray and Burgess' new work The Battlers in the trees and homesweethome in the Deckhouse. Ro’s work Araucaria explorii has also been selected. Ro will be on site 11.30am-3.30pm Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 April. The exhibition runs 16 March - 2 April 2017.

Murray and Burgess testing green fabric for The Battlers. Read this about this land mark ruling. 

The Waiting Room

Ro and Mandy coordinated a group exhibition The Waiting Room 3-19 February 2017 at Articulate project space with fellow NAS Grads Deborah Burdett, Renuka Fernando, and Susie Williams. Bridging by Murray and Burgess develops further the concept of home/homelessness, with regard to waiting in offshore refugee detention centres. 

Fictitious Botanical Names

My plywood profiles have developed as landscapes through paint and truncation.

Araucaria explorii 2016 started with the figure of Yuri Bolotin the co-director of BigCi, during my artist residency November 2015. Yuri explores names and records The Gardens of Stones. The work was developed for Harbour Sculpture at Woolwich 16-26 March, installed inside at the Deckhouse. Also was selected the canvas framed homesweethome by Murray and Burgess, and our hydro stone figures The Battlers, a work in progress.

The diptych Wollemia vanessii 2016 also started at this residency at BigCi. The documentary film maker Vanessa Macedo was the winner of the Environment Prize at BigCi. Vanessa made a short advocacy film for the conservation of the Garden of Stones against coal mining.

The hydro stone hands by Murray and Burgess have been refigured to We are all the Same at North Sydney Art Prize at The Coal Loader Site for Sustainability at Balls Head. Opening Ceremony 2pm Saturday 11 March.  Also selected is my installation of eight figures No Place for Children.

What Next

Diptych Wollemia vanessii 2016, oil on plywood, has been accepted for a group exhibition RENEW at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse 21-25 November. The exhibition showcases the importance and connection between art & health and coincides with the symposium being held on Thursday “exploring the essence of patient centered care.” This work will be part of Articulate project space group exhibition “What Next” 10-26 December.

Wollemia vanessii  2016

Wollemia vanessii 2016

We are all Strangers (collaboration with Mandy Burgess) was selected finalist for Sculptures in the Vineyards, can be seen in the poplar groveat Stonehurst Vineyard. Despite no funding there were great installations by Akira Kamada, Billy Gruner and Greer Taylor at Undercliff Winery, and Fiona Davies in the Forge, amongst others at the five sites around Wollombi.

We are all Strangers  (2016) installed at Sculptures in the Vineyards.

We are all Strangers (2016) installed at Sculptures in the Vineyards.

Girl in the Bark Hat I and No place for Children are selected finalists into Blacktown Art Prize, Opening 2 December.

Girl in the Bark Hat I , 2016

Girl in the Bark Hat I, 2016

No place for Children , 2016

No place for Children, 2016

2017 kicks off with a new group exhibition - The Waiting Room -  at Articulate Project Space opening 3 February 2017. Artists include - Mandy Burgess, Deborah Burdett, Susie Williams and Renuka Fernando