SEAN RAFFERTY
AFRESH
2–19 DEC 2015

SEAN RAFFERTY  

(B)ANANAS 2015 (left)
Acrylic on plywood
120 × 80 cm

Sub-lime 2015 (middle)
Acrylic on plywood
120 × 80 cm

Bananas 2014 (right)
Oil and acrylic on plywood
144 × 54 cm

SEAN RAFFERTY
Choice 2015

SEAN RAFFERTY
Tomatoes 2015
Acrylic on canvas on linen
152 × 137 cm

SEAN RAFFERTY
Drawing light 2015
Sun tanned plywood
81 × 100 cm


AFRESH, Sean Rafferty’s exhibition of recent workstakes shape as a series of text pieces on canvas, plywood and other materials. The words and images in these pieces channel the spirit of Australian fruit and vegetable cartons, of which Rafferty is a dedicated collector. Through the processes of collecting, archiving and mapping he explores the vernacular and symbolic peculiarities of fruit cartons and the places where they originate.

In making works for this exhibition, Rafferty imagined an immigrant farmer going out into the broad Australian landscape to start afresh, and being tortured by inaction in the face of seemingly innumerable possibilities. This absurdist scenario is gestured at through puns and ambiguous fruit carton-like compositions of image and text that are simultaneously hopeful and melancholic.

Sean Rafferty (b. 1979, Ireland), lives and works in Sydney. He has exhibited extensively around Australia in group and solo exhibitions. In 2014 he held his first solo show in his birthplace of Ireland, at the Roscommon Arts Centre. Rafferty has been an artist in residence at Artspace, Sydney and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. He holds a Masters of Fine Arts from UNSW Art and Design.