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Reko Rennie: PatteRnation
 

Summary: Reko Rennie:
PatteRnation
Reko Rennie pasting Big red on the Berlin Wall, 2009 (Photo Eva Galvin)
Reko Rennie was born in Melbourne in 1974 and belongs to the Kamilaroi people from northern New South
Wales.When he first discovered graffiti culture in the late 1980s, he became hooked and began an experi-
mental apprenticeship on the streets of Melbourne teaching himself the necessary tools of the trade. In the
following two decades, he honed his craft and developed a repertoire of intricate stencil imagery that is dis-
tinguished by its sampling of Aboriginal symbology, use of Australian native animals and flora, and integration
of personal and national insignia. Prior to becoming an artist, Rennie worked as a print journalist for The Age
newspaper, a career that exposed him to the myriad of political and social justice issues that affect Aboriginal
and Torres Strait Islander people. In fact, many of his early works of art incorporated images sourced directly
from his time as a correspondent for the Koori Mail. Rennie's practice also explores the historical legacies of
colonization, land rights, deaths in custody and identity politics.
In the current post-grafitti movement, the many manifestations of street art encompass stencilling,
paste-ups, posters, stickers and murals.The growing art historical interest in the genre-busting arena of
street art has prompted many street artists to reproduce their designs onto more permanent supports like
sketchbooks, sheets of paper or canvas. Consequently, these artists have been invited to exhibit their work in
commercial galleries, art museums and artist-run spaces.This process, however, is not without its critics
R E K O R E N N I E
and many purists see it as the ultimate concession to

  

Source: Acton, Scott - Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Virginia

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences