Before My Time Egg Gallery Friday 14th Sept 2012 6-9

Jerome Rush has another exhibition and he thought he would travel far from the last… door. Thats right at Egg Gallery 66A Johnston St. just across the road from the iconic Tote Hotel Jerome is having an exhibition focusing on dead Australian Musicians. Come on down for some cheap beer, cheap quality art and a cheap artist.

Before my Time

Is an exhibition of ink and collage multimedia pieces developed by artist/musician Jerome Rush. The works are portraits based on the great tradition that is Australian Rock and Roll. Each portrait is a testimonial to Australian musicians who have passed away over the years. The exhibition is not just a tribute to the well-known international artists such as Bon Scott and Michael Hutchence, but also a tribute and a recognition to the lesser known luminaries such as Sean Greenway(Yes-Men, the Freeloaders, God), Guy Lucas (the Philistines, the Freeloaders) and Shane Anderson(the Dirty Lovers). Through the portrayal of these musicians alongside those more familiar, Rush is leveling the bar and helping us understand that just because they are not household names does not necessarily make us surmise that they are any less worthy of being given acknowledgement. In a world where the cult of personality is ever present and the celebrity is like a demigod, Rush attempts to question some of these preconceived notions and perceptions. The exhibition features the musicians: Michael Hutchence, Tim Hemensley, David Richard McComb, Paul Newell Hester, Shane Anderson, James Darroch, Grant William McLennan, Ian William Rilen, James Randall Freud, Michael Weber, Tasmin Blizzard, Dean Turner, Robbie “Rocket” Watts, Rowland Stuart Howard, Sean Greenway, Guy Lucas, Ronald Belford “Bon” Scott.


Direction Reflection

My work is a screenprint based exhibition using  mirrors.

The mirrored pieces are all based around a sense of loss and direction.

They all depict objects of transport like motor bikes, cars, trucks helicopters and planes which allow us to escape our present world to one of unpredictability and discomfort. The characters stand lost and unsure of where they are going or where they are headed. They are alone yet surrounded by vehicles which may take them to another place. Or perhaps they have taken them from somewhere. Questions are asked when looking into these images. Where are they going? Where have they been? What are they thinking? What do they want? Yet all the time we are looking at ourselves in our reflection and perhaps questioning ourself.

This feeling of a loss of direction is reiterated by the arrows which shoot out from the mirrors. They are telling us to go somewhere.  But where to? We do not know. These arrows also add to the Pop aesthetic established by the screen printed mirrors, with the strong graphic shapes they create.