Rone - L'inconnue de la rue

Fri 17th June, 2011 – Sun 26th June, 2011
Backwoods Gallery
25 Easey St Collingwood

She's the girl you've probably seen around Melbourne, with her full lips and wide eyes, face upturned as if at the sight of something fascinating. She is the creation of Rone, a Melbourne street artist and a member of the Everfresh crew.

Rone's first solo exhibition, L'inconnue de la rue (The unknown girl of the street), is inspired by the story of L’Inconnue de la Seine, in which the body of an unknown girl was pulled out of the Seine River in Paris. Her peaceful expression added to the mystery surrounding her death. Rone uses this story to juxtapose his paste-up beauties with the deterioration she experiences on the street.

The exhibition will also demonstrate a combination of two of his main two trademarks, the stenciled girl and the screen-printed posters which first drew Rone to art. By pasting countless layers of billposters on top of each other, Rone aims to signify our inability to focus and make sense of life when faced with mortality.