17 June – 8 July 2017
Thinking about my work, I discovered that I’m constantly trying to learn to paint. I’ve been making colour chart paintings, to see what happens when you put a transparent colour over the top of another colour. I’ve become obsessed with colour trying to mix colours from memory of my home country, New Zealand. These paintings at Sister Gallery are a range of paintings from the last few years. The earliest painting was thought of as a failure at the time I didn’t like how bright the colours were and I didn’t want to make paintings with bright, feminine colours. But now I’m ready to show the work.
Renee Cosgrave is a Melbourne-based artist born in New Zealand of Irish, Scottish and Māori descent of the Ngāti Tūwharetoa iwi. Recent exhibitions include: Project 17: Radical Immanence, Anna Pappas Gallery, Melbourne, 2017 The Hunch, Incinerator Gallery, Melbourne, 2016 (collaboration with Merryn Lloyd); Flow, Station, Melbourne, 2015 (solo); Cutting Mirrors, organized by Trent Walter, Negative Press with Elizabeth Newman, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, 2015; painting, TCB, Melbourne, 2014 (solo) & Canvas-Board Paintings, flake, Melbourne 2014 (solo).
Images by Christo Crocker.