The works in this room encompass two decades of Rone’s art practice. Early stencil works reflect his emergence in Melbourne’s street art scene. We see the evolution of Jane Doe and other female muses, and works layered with posters to simulate something of the raw and disparate aesthetics of street art.
The interplay between the street and the domestic interior is a predominating characteristic in Rone’s art, exemplified by his graphic interventions in abandoned houses and industrial spaces in projects including Empty and Alpha Project . More recently, the multi-roomed installations Omega Project and Empire are spaces in which Rone has crafted rich, mysterious narratives. Photo-documentation of these ephemeral site-specific installations has increasingly become an essential aspect of Rone’s practice, and is a strategy that links his recent work to his beginnings in street art.
As Rone has stated:
The concept of creating something beautiful within the context of decay and decline is central to the experience of any street artist. As is the idea that whatever you create might be gone the next day. For the artist, street art is all about embracing that transience and impermanence …
While the themes of transience and impermanence preoccupy Rone, the works in this survey are tangible evidence that even fleeting moments of creativity can endure. Collectively these works represent a narrative that is very different to, but equally as compelling as those Rone creates in his experiential but ephemeral installations.
Tyrone Wright, born Geelong 1980; lives and works in Melbourne