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Two from 30×40: Erin Flannery and Ben Rak

In exhibition, painting, prints on 21 June 2009 at 12:49 am
30×40 is a group exhibition currently running at United Galleries Sydney in Darlinghurst. The title refers to the size of all the works in centimetres. With 53 works commissioned from 31 artists, there’s a good mix of styles and media.
Two young artists, showing two works each, caught our eye.
Erin Flannery Monday Morning Latte Line Up
Yes, that is a peg leg in the middle. Erin Flannery says she is “highly amused by ridiculously over-sized bags and jewellery, flashy brand names, killer heels and killer trends”.
The women in her work might look cool, at first glance, even when they’re missing an arm or sporting a wooden leg which, Flannery says, will be the next big trend: “Get in before the rush.”
A self-taught artist, Flannery lives in northern NSW.
Ben Rak Decoded (All star)
Printmaker Ben Rak is showing two prints: the basketball sneakers show here and a pair of Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses on a yellow background. In these screenprints, the image is broken into vertical lines of different thickness, like the lines in the familiar scanable barcode.
Like a barcode, the lines are not random. A regular pattern can be seen repeating across the work. Intriguingly, the pattern is the same in both works, which suggests that it could be decoded, as the titles suggest. It doesn’t matter what the product is – the code remains the same.
You can see more of Rak’s print work at his website, here.
30×40 is running at United Galleries Sydney until 25 July.
Image details, from top:
Installation view, 30 x 40, United Galleries.
Erin Flannery Monday Morning Latte Line Up. Aerosol, acrylic, pencil, cotton thread on linen. 30cm x 40cm.
Ben Rak Decoded (All star), 2009. Screenprint on paper, edition of 9. 30cm x 40cm.

30x40 - United Galleries Sydney

30×40 is a group exhibition currently running at United Galleries Sydney in Darlinghurst. The title refers to the size of all the works, in centimetres. With 53 works commissioned from 31 artists, there’s a good mix of styles and media.

Two young artists showing two works each and both, coincidentally, about aspects of consumer culture, merit a closer look.

Erin Flannery - Monday Morning Latte Line UpErin Flannery Monday Morning Latte Line Up

Erin Flannery says she is “highly amused by ridiculously over-sized bags and jewellery, flashy brand names, killer heels and killer trends”.

The women in her work are arranged like models in a fashion image. On closer inspection, you see that they’re missing an arm or sporting a wooden (table) leg which, Flannery predicts, will be the next big trend: “Get in before the rush.”

A self-taught artist, Flannery lives in northern NSW. You can see more of her work at her website, here.

Ben Rak - Decoded (Allstar)Ben Rak Decoded (All star)

Printmaker Ben Rak is showing two prints: the basketball sneakers show here and a pair of Rayban Wayfarer sunglasses on a yellow background. In these screenprints, the image is broken into vertical lines of different thickness, like the lines in the familiar scanable barcode.

Like a barcode, the lines are not random. A regular pattern can be seen repeating across the work. Intriguingly, the pattern is the same in both works, which suggests that it could be decoded, as the titles suggest. It doesn’t matter what the product is – the code remains the same.

You can see more of Rak’s work at his website, here.

30×40 is running at United Galleries Sydney until 25 July.

Image details, from top:

Installation view, 30 x 40, United Galleries. Photo by kollektor.

Erin Flannery, Monday Morning Latte Line Up 2009. Aerosol, acrylic, pencil, cotton thread on linen. 30cm x 40cm.

Ben Rak, Decoded (All star) 2009. Screenprint on paper, edition of 9. 30cm x 40cm.

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