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Title

No sleep till Dreamtime

2014


Artist

Reko Rennie

Australia

1974 -

Language group

Kamilaroi, Northern Riverine region


About

Reko Rennie is a Kamilaroi artist based in Melbourne whose works explore issues of Aboriginal identity within an urban environment. His commanding works are largely biographical and combine the iconography of his Kamilaroi heritage with stylistic elements of graffiti and street art.
Rennie grew up in the suburbs of Melbourne and has strong family connections to Kamilaroi country in northern New South Wales. He has had no formal training, but has refined his skills through years of work as a graffiti artist. Rennie employs a variety of mediums and forms from spray painted installations, to neon signage, cast metal sculptures and prints on paper.

He is most recognised for his large scale site-specific works with his trademark use of the repeated diamond pattern in hard-edge form and in the brilliant colours synonymous with street art. These diamond forms are drawn from the dendroglyphs (carved trees) found in Kamilaroi country.

''No Sleep Till Dreamtime' takes its cue from the Beastie Boys single 'No Sleep Till Brooklyn', released on their album 'Licensed to Ill' in 1986. As an urban Indigenous Australian, my work often references the hip-hop and graffiti subcultures that were influential on my artistic practice in my formative years. In this work I have merged traditional Kamilaroi diamond-shaped designs, hand drawn symbols and repetitive patterning to subvert romantic ideologies of Aboriginal identity.'
Reko Rennie 2014


Details


Date

2014


Materials used

birch plywood, metallic textile foil, synthetic polymer paint, diamond dust, gold leaf


Dimensions

310.0 x 1030.0 cm dimensions overall :

a - Part 1; 50 x 50 cm

b - Part 2; 50 x 50 cm

c - Part 3; 50 x 50 cm

d - Part 4; 70 x 70 cm

e - Part 5; 70 x 70 cm

f - Part 6; 50 x 50 cm

g - Part 7; 50 x 50 cm

h - Part 8; 50 x 50 cm

i - Part 9; 50 x 50 cm

j - Part 10; 70 x 70 cm

k - Part 11; 70 x 70 cm

l - Part 12; 70 x 70 cm

m - Part 13; 70 x 70 cm

n - Part 14; 70 x 70 cm

o - Part 15; 70 x 70 cm

p - Part 16; 70 x 70 cm

q - Part 17; 50 x 50 cm

r - Part 18; 50 x 50 cm

s - Part 19; 50 x 50 cm

t - Part 20; 70 x 70 cm

u - Part 21; 70 x 70 cm

v - Part 22; 100 x 100 cm

w - Part 23; 100 x 100 cm

x - Part 24; 100 x 100 cm

y - Part 25; 50 x 50 cm

z - Part 26; 50 x 50 cm

aa - Part 27; 100 x 100 cm

bb - Part 28; 70 x 70 cm

cc - Part 29; 50 x 50 cm

dd - Part 30; 50 x 50 cm

ee - Part 31; 50 x 50 cm

ff - Part 32; 50 x 50 cm

gg - Part 33; 50 x 50 cm

hh - Part 34; 50 x 50 cm

ii - Part 35; 50 x 50 cm

jj - Part 36; 50 x 50 cm

kk - Part 37; 50 x 50 cm

ll - Part 38; 70 x 70 cm

mm - Part 39; 70 x 70 cm

nn - Part 40; 70 x 70 cm

oo - Part 41; 100 x 100 cm

pp - Part 42; 50 x 50 cm

qq - Part 43; 50 x 50 cm

rr - Part 44; 70 x 70 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Art Gallery Society of New South Wales Contempo Group 2014


Location

Not on display


Accession number

173.2014.a-rr


Artist information

Reko Rennie

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Vincent Alessi, ARTAND Australia, 'Wearing his own crown: the work of Reko Rennie', pg. 112-119, Sydney, Dec 2014-May 2015, 115 (colour illus., detail), 119.

Gabriella Coslovich., Look, 'I'm not here to make pretty patterns', Sydney, Nov 2015, 26 (colour illus.), 27.