SEVEN DEADLY CLICHÉS , 1995

The View Factory, Newcastle, NSW Australia

As well as seven framed images of the “Deadly Sins” this exhibition in the View Factory, which doubled as a warehouse cafe bar (one of the first of such configurations in Newcastle), featured large wooden cut-out painted works throughout the space, including fifteen or more friendly dogs. Most notable, was a Mexican sitting under the largest cactus ever seen in New South Wales.

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FAYLENE RHEEM 
EXHIBITION 1993

The Female Body

Jan 1993, Contemporary Gallery Newcastle, Australia

The media storm this exhibition created is difficult to quantify. I appeared in major national papers, radio programs in Sydney and Melbourne, Who Magazine (getting more coverage than Kevin Costner who was the biggest movie star at the time), and a full segment on Chanel 9’s A Current Affair. It was imagined and implemented as the perfect illustration of the complexity of postmodern denial of authorship and it was obviously successful as it took me almost a decade to erase the entire enterprise from my CV.

The Artist's Book
Launched at the exhibition was Faylene Rheem's (now infamous) limited edition book How to Draw Women. Constructed with images mostly scanned from how-to-draw books, it was presented in a style somewhere between Walter Foster's "How to Draw ..." books and popular or trashy magazines such as Picture Magazine. Not that the presentation was consistent, since each page was made up in familiar ransom-note style as evidence and parody of the many computer graphic programs used to create the book. Naturally, the book featured no original drawing at all and any manipulation of the images was done with one megabyte of computer memory, considered powerful at the time. Obviously, graphic or drawing programs have advanced greatly since the book was created in 1992. Two copies of the book are in the National Gallery of Australia Collection, several State galleries, the Harvard University Library Special Collections in the USA and most significant collections of artist’s books in Australia.

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Solo Exhibition COOKS HILL GALLERIES, NEWCASTLE AUSTRALIA, 1988

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Series of works with shaped painted wood and plastic laminate making up shallow three-dimensional boxes.

The work on the left Butchers 1988 was reworked with a very large frame in decorated granite laminates and is now in the University of Newcastle Art Collection.

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Solo exhibition COOKS HILL GALLERIES, Newcastle, Australia 1987

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Series of shaped figures making up free-standing and box works imitating the format of pop-up books.

enamel on shaped marine wood c 120 by 270 cm

enamel on shaped marine wood c 120 by 270 cm

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Life size figures, enamel on shaped marine wood, Canberra 1985/6

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Ross Woodrow solo exhibition 1983 Phillip Bacon Galleries, Brisbane.

Installation views views below and selected works

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Sisters,  1983  enamel on marine wood c. 180 x 120 cm. (private collection Brisbane)

Sisters, 1983 enamel on marine wood c. 180 x 120 cm. (private collection Brisbane)

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Farmer’s Wif e 1983 enamel on marine wood c 120 x 170 cm  (private collection Brisbane)

Farmer’s Wife 1983 enamel on marine wood c 120 x 170 cm (private collection Brisbane)

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Dressmaker's Desire
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GIO Art Award, 1983
(Collection: Suncorp Queensland)

Suburban Drama  1982 enamel on marine wood c.120 x 165 cm [technically interesting as no tone used with depth created by using colour value and three dimensions by using tint or saturation. ]

Suburban Drama 1982 enamel on marine wood c.120 x 165 cm [technically interesting as no tone used with depth created by using colour value and three dimensions by using tint or saturation. ]

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Ross Woodrow solo exhibition 1981 ULMARRA GALLERY, Gold Coast, Queensland

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The design and catalogue essay were all the work of Rob Jago the Director of Ulmarra Galleries at both Ulmarra, in NSW and the Gold Coast, QLD. Since he didn’t bother to show me a proof before publication, to say I was shocked to see it is an understatement.

Studio Angel   enamel on marine wood c. 120 x 165 cm (sold in 1981 current whereabouts unknown)

Studio Angel enamel on marine wood c. 120 x 165 cm (sold in 1981 current whereabouts unknown)

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Madonna Dreams   1981 enamel on marine wood (sold in 1981 current whereabouts unknown)

Madonna Dreams 1981 enamel on marine wood (sold in 1981 current whereabouts unknown)

Review by John Millington (Bulletin critic and artist who died in 2018)

Review by John Millington (Bulletin critic and artist who died in 2018)

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Ross Woodrow solo exhibition 1980 at STUDIO ZERO, Gold Coast, Queensland.

Photographer’s Studio 1979, enamel on marine ply c. 120 x 165 cm

Photographer’s Studio 1979, enamel on marine ply c. 120 x 165 cm

Photographer's Studio 1979 (private collection, Gold Coast) [reproduced in Art and Australia]

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