(Australia 24 Sep 1937– )
152.4 x 152.4cm stretcher
This painting was created using a mechanical process that aimed to eliminate the subjective decision-making of the artist. In a celebration of the mundane, the title of the work and its means of creation were inspired by the back of a breakfast cereal packet. Rooney created a stencil from a shape printed on the packaging, which he then applied to the canvas in a repeated pattern. The colours were chance selections from house-paint colour charts.
Rooney’s work was included in 'The field' exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1968. Although his work employs the visual vocabulary of colour-field painting, it is in fact closer in intent to pop and conceptual art.
'Tackling The Field' by Natalie Wilson, pg. 1-29., Tackling THE FIELD 2009, 2009, 7 (colour illus.), 25. NOTE: This work was hung in an adjoining room for the duration of the 'Tackling THE FIELD' collection focus display.
Anthony Bond (England; Australia) (Commissioning Editor), Wayne Tunnicliffe (New Zealand; Australia) (Commissioning Editor), Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 2006, 92 (colour illus.).
Gary Catalano (Australia, b.1947, d.2002), Building a picture: interviews with Australian artists, Roseville, 2000, 71 (colour illus.). Interview between Gary Catalano and Robert Rooney.
Robert Lindsay (Australia, b.1945) (Curator), Project 8: Robert Rooney, Domain, 1975, not paginated. cat.no. 6
Project 8 - Robert Rooney (1975), Art Gallery of New South Wales, 04 Oct 1975–09 Nov 1975.
Robert Rooney survey exhibition (1978), National Gallery of Victoria [St Kilda Road], 10 Jun 1978–16 Jul 1978.
Hard Edge, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 07 Aug 1999–24 Oct 1999.