Robert Boynes?s solo show at Brenda May Gallery has been scheduled to coincide with his selection in the Museum of Contemporary Art?s exhibition Interesting Times: Focus on Contemporary Australian Art curated by Russell Storer with the assistance of Keith Munro.
?Boynes?s subjects are found in the urban environment; railway stations, bus interchanges and airports; locations to witness the detached or highly charged ways in which people relate. Against this background, other works reveal moments of intimacy, seduction and erotic desire as his subjects attempt to engage with each other across this social divide.
The canvases are arranged in triptych and diptych formats that evoke the figure in motion, as well as detailing other snippets of urban culture, such as the scrawl of graffiti, a metal grate or neon sign. Further repeated motifs include the shielding device of the louvre window or venetian blind, which creates the allusion of something secret or mysterious beyond our view.
The nature of these multi-panelled works, and their subject matter, suggest ?fictional documentaries? that draw upon the artist?s observation of contemporary life. It is the open-ended suggestion of people coming and going in these urban spaces that implies life beyond a particular ?frame?.?