MARK RODDA
SHOEGLAZE
9 OCTOBER – 2 NOVEMBER 2013

MARK RODDA
Bath House 2013
oil on marine ply
54 × 69 cm

MARK RODDA
Eroded Hills, Misty Valley 2013
acrylic and oil on marine ply
119 × 105 cm

MARK RODDA
Golden Sky # 2 2013
oil on marine ply  
30 × 45 cm

MARK RODDA
Rocky Slope 2013
acrylic and oil on marine ply
61 × 61 cm

MARK RODDA
Stalwart 2013
oil on linen on MDF panel
26 × 21 cm

MARK RODDA
Benevolent Leviathan 2013
oil on marine ply
35 × 50 cm

MARK RODDA
Group Headquarters 2013
acrylic and oil on marine ply
61 × 61 cm

MARK RODDA
Dust Devil 2013
acrylic and oil on marine ply
49 × 79 cm

MARK RODDA
Fork in the Road 2013
oil on wood panel
19 × 16 cm

MARK RODDA
The Green Sea at Night 2013
oil on MDF panel
25 × 30 cm


Gallery 9 is proud to present a new body of work by Melbourne-based painter, Mark Rodder.

“In Shoeglaze, as in all my work from recent years, I continue to fabricate dark romantic landscapes.  European painting from the pre-modern era is a primary influence, and artists like Corot, Böcklin, Turner, Delacroix, and Guardi have been my spiritual guides. The lands in these works are for the most part totally invented as I rarely base my images on actual places.”

The exhibition’s title, Shoeglaze, evolved form the ‘shoegaze’ musical style and refers to the artist’s pre-occupation with his own personal interests as opposed to external topical subjects. In his words: “You won’t find much relating to 2013 in my pictures, or the past few decades even.” For Rodda, Shoegaz[ing], like navel-gazing is as a practice of introspection and reflection which precipitates the creation of artworks. The term, referring to the music, also recollects the music he surrounded himself with in the 1990s, at the time when he commenced his painting practice. Like the lyrics in this shoegaze music are often hard to decipher, as are the scenes and ambiguous themes Rodda prefers to create in his work and this reinforces his desire not to lead the viewer by the hand, but instead, allow the image have the viewer’s thoughts and ideas projected upon the work.