Collision Drive 1
15 April – 21 May 2019
Opening Event: Thursday 25 April, 5 – 8pm

“You see, I went on with this research just the way it led me. That is the only way I ever heard of research going. I asked a question, devised some method of getting an answer, and got a fresh question.”
Dr Moreau from The Island of Dr Moreau, H. G. Wells

This two-person exhibition in Wimbledon Space, features the recent work of Steven Rendall, who is based in Melbourne, Australia and Benet Spencer, who is based in London.

The exhibition addresses the relationship between collage and painting, through presenting artworks which are re-combinations of found images. Sampling, cultural assimilation, collage and hybridity are evident throughout the show. The work presented calls to attention the construction and process of making, with images which thrive on accumulation, scale and density. The language of production is a key aspect, along with the critical discourse within contemporary painting concerning the role of the found image.

Collision Drive will include a site-responsive element within the gallery environment, where the installation of the work will address the architecture of the Wimbledon Space, through specific interventions in certain areas by painting sections of gallery walls in geometric shapes of flat colour.
These coloured insertions will build a particular relationship to the paintings on view, where the architecture of the space becomes activated as a compositional form, relating to the structure and internal dynamic of the paintings.

Collision Drive II, will travel to RMIT Project Space Space, Melbourne, Australia in 2020.
Stephen Rendall’s practice oscillates between representational painting and the audio-visual realm in the form of digital process-based films and VHS-based videos. These approaches are used to search for different ways to scavenge images and materials and disrupt the flows of images and technologies. Rendall moved to Melbourne in 2000 where he currently lives and works. He completed a Bachelor of Visual Art (Honours) at De Montfort University in Leicester (1993), undertook post-graduate studies at the Royal Academy Schools in London (1996) and completed a PhD at Monash University in 2015. He currently teaches at RMIT University.
Recent exhibitions include Image Capture Video Loss (2016) at Niagara Galleries; Running Interference (2016) at Rubicon ARI; Chain of Mountains (2016) at TCB; Data Flow (2016) Hawthorn Town Hall Gallery; Transmission (2015) National Gallery of Victoria; He has had work shortlisted for The Bayside Prize (2017) and The Darebin Prize (2017).
Benet Spencer is an artist, curator and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art at Anglia Ruskin University. His painting focuses on architecture, which is explored through both iconography and the language of pictorial representation. He works through a variety of processes, including digital imaging, collage, and paintings made with both oil and acrylic on canvas.
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