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Title

Canine capers III

1969


Artist

Robert Rooney

Australia

24 Sep 1937 -


About

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.


Details


Date

1969


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on canvas


Dimensions

152.4 x 152.4 cm stretcher


Signature & date

Signed and dated verso on canvas, red fibre-tipped pen "ROBERT ROONEY/ ... 1969/ ...".


Credit

Purchased 1975


Location

Not on display


Accession number

175.1975


Artist information

Robert Rooney

Works in the collection

9


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Gary Catalano, Building a picture: interviews with Australian artists, 'The view from the suburbs', pg. 52-53, Sydney, 2000, 71 (colour illus.). Interview between Gary Catalano and Robert Rooney.

Robert Lindsay., Project 8: Robert Rooney, 'Notes on Robert Rooney', Sydney, 1975, not paginated. cat.no. 6

Michael Wardell, Contemporary: Art Gallery of New South Wales Contemporary Collection, 'Ideas and actions', pg.60-107, Sydney, 2006, 92 (colour illus.).

Natalie Wilson, Tackling THE FIELD, 'Tackling The Field', pg. 1-29, Sydney, 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.