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Title

Blind leading the blind

2015


Artist

Robert Boynes

Australia

1942 -


About

Since the mid-1990s, the primary subject of Robert Boynes's paintings have been figures in urban environments. However, in 'Blind leading the blind' 2015 Boynes has returned to addressing political themes in his work. Depicted across three panels is an inverted procession of blindfolded men and women who are presumably the victims of war - surreal scenes that we have become accustomed to in our 24-hour news cycle. In referencing this material Boynes draws attention to our exposure and disposition to such imagery, which he believes has been 'seared into our brains and memory so clearly that we become dumb to their existence' [1]. These images have been screen-printed onto a primed, scrunched canvas, which has later been hosed down with water by the artist. Its textured surface undermines any sense of realism or distinction between the truth of the events and what we perceive via media representation. The title 'Blind leading the blind' is a reference to the plight of the subjects, but also to the collective ignorance of people who knowingly and unknowingly 'turn a blind eye' to reality.

1. Robert Boynes, In plain sight, Brenda May Gallery, Sydney, 2015, p 3


Details


Date

2015


Media category

Painting


Materials used

triptych: synthetic polymer paint on canvas, timber


Dimensions

120.0 x 321.0 cm stretcher overall


Signature & date

Signed and dated top c. verso on stretcher [parts a-c], black fibre-tipped pen "... Boynes '15 ...".


Credit

Patrick White Bequest Fund 2015


Location

Not on display


Accession number

237.2015.a-c


Artist information

Robert Boynes

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Brenda May Gallery, Robert Boynes: In plain sight, Sydney, 2015, front cover (colour illus.), 5 (colour illus.), 8 (colour illus.), 21 (colour illus.). viewed 15.09.2015, http://www.brendamaygallery.com.au/details.php?exhibitionID=353-Robert-Boynes