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Worthless Refuse II - Ryck Rudd

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Worthless Refuse II is part of an ongoing series of oil paintings that draw upon motifs from Greco-Roman tales and mythologies by recent School of Arts and Humanities graduate, Ryck Rudd.
Worthless Refuse II describes both the worship and fear of the opposite sex. To better situate these feelings in paint, Rudd has researched the historical wealth of erotic art, from the graffiti of Pompeii, to the Shunga of Edo Japan, to the underground Comix scene of 1960s America; and pits it against its antithesis in Medieval art, with its fantastical illustrations of religious Judgement against self-indulgence.

Acknowledging the public and private consumption (and creation) of art concerning the erotic and its antithesis, the context of twentieth-century psychoanalysis attempts to return these appropriations to a personal significance[1], to the maker(s) and consumer(s) of such material; and it is here where Rudd intends for his creations to be understood.

In this exhibition Rudd will show oil paintings and a series of sketchbooks where viewers can see quotes, studies and preparations for the exhibited paintings. Rudd says, “sharing contents traditionally small and personal, and which historically have been kept out-of-sight by creators wishing to maintain a professional and infallible image, might be interpreted as confessional and even immature.”

The discomforting nature of Rudd’s art, which occasionally confronts or simply re-enacts real-world taboos, categorizes his practice within the Zapffean space of “sublimation”, wherein creative individuals mediate specific existential fears and instincts as alternatives to potentially destructive outlets. Sublimation concerns itself directly with existentially difficult issues from a safe distance, “As works in which the worst fortunes of humanity are presented in a stylized and removed manner as entertainment”[2].

Rudd graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Visual Arts) from Edith Cowan University in 2016, he was awarded the Louise Macfie Award for painting and the City of Joondalup – Artist in Focus Award the same year. Rudd is represented by Emanuel Von Baeyer London - evbaeyer-cabinet.com

Event details
The Worthless Refuse II exhibition will take place from Friday, 19 April to Thursday, 2 May at Spectrum Project Space, Mount Lawley Campus, Edith Cowan University.

To be officially opened by artist and lecturer, Gregory Pryor.
Date: Thursday, 18 April 2019
Time: 6.00pm - 8.00pm
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Artist talk
An artist talk will take place with Harrison See whose exhibition, Hollow Flight will be exhibiting concurrently in the front gallery.

Date: Saturday, 27 April
Time: 11:00am
Venue: Spectrum Project Space, ECU Mount Lawley Campus, Building 3, Room 3.191

Open hours
Tuesday to Friday 10.00am - 5.00pm; Saturday 12:00pm – 5:00pm

More information:


Thursday, April 18 – Thursday, May 02, 2019


ECU Mount Lawley Campus
2 Bradford St
Mount Lawley, Western Australia


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