Presented at Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney, From the Rubber Room includes new paintings, sculptures and works on paper by Stephen Bush. In these works, Bush explores modes of representational painting and its history, amplifying colour and experimenting with the techniques and processes of painting. Picturing the tensions that exist between the original and reproduction; old and new; natural and man-made; the arbitrary and rational, is fundamental to his practice.
Accompanying From the Rubber Room is the exhibition Collaborative Works, arising from a year-long collaboration with fellow artist and peer Jon Campbell. Campbell and Bush met at RMIT School of Art in 1980 and a shared passion for painting and music has sustained their friendship ever since. In 2019, the pair initiated an artist swap between their respective galleries and, seizing this opportunity to work collaboratively, began swapping paintings from various points throughout their careers for the other to work on. The collaboration also includes Campbell’s exhibition at Sutton Gallery, Gone to see a man about a dog.
Mule Skin, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne; Festooned, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2016; MCA Foyer Wall Commission, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2016; Whipped Foulard, Michael Reid Gallery, Berlin, 2015; Open the Boxoctosis, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Steenhuffel, Ian Potter Museum of Art, Melbourne, 2014; VOLTA Art Fair, New York, 2012; Melbourne Art Fair, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2010; Gelderland, SITE: Santa Fe, 2007; Hoevelaken, Sutton Gallery, Melbourne, 2006; Penetrol, Goff + Rosenthal Gallery, New York, 2005; Blackwood Skyline, Stephen Bush: work in progress #5, The Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne, 2003.
Select group exhibitions: Panorama, TarraWarra Museum of Art, Healsville, 2016; Hiding in Plain Sight: A Selection of Works from The Michael Buxton Collection, Bendigo Art Gallery, Bendigo, 2015; In Your Dreams, Counihan Gallery, Melbourne, 2014; Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2013; Negotiating This World: Contemporary Australian Art, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2012; Marie Celeste, Artspace, Connecticut, 2011; Contemporary Encounters, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 2010.Artist’s profile