9 OCTOBER – 2 NOVEMBER 2013
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.