REKO RENNIE, INVISIBLE VISIBLE SOLO, 2016
Reko Rennie is an interdisciplinary artist who explores his Aboriginal identity through contemporary media. Through his art, Rennie provokes discussion surrounding Indigenous culture and identity in contemporary urban environment.
Rennie’s art explores issues of Aboriginal identity within an urban environment. Largely biographical, his commanding works combine the iconography of his Kamilaroi heritage with stylistic elements of graffiti and street art. Rennie’s current regalia feature heavily in the exhibition – the Aboriginal flag, the crown and the diamond – as a way of both asserting and questioning the sovereignty of Australia.
Reko has shown internationally including Paris, Berlin, Italy, Jakarta, Shanghai and USA. Recent highlights include: 2012-13 La Trobe University public art commission, 2012 Archibald Prize Finalist, a solo exhibition at SCOPE Art Fair, New York 2012, a 35-metre commissioned work by the Washington DC Arts and Humanities and a two-year public artwork, Neon Natives as part of the 2011 Melbourne Laneway Commission.
'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’, Reko Rennie,
' I have merged traditional Kamilaroi diamond-shaped designs, hand-drawn symbols and repetitive patterning to subvert romantic ideologies of Aboriginal identity.’
REKO RENNIE, NO SLEEP TILL DREAMTIME, ART GALLERY OF NSW, 2014