Celebrating the persona of the artist-as-outsider, Ronnie van Hout is best known for a distinctive brand of existential absurdism. Referencing science fiction, cults, cinema, art history, popular and celebrity culture, van Hout draws upon childhood experiences and recollections to create wryly amusing yet heart-rending micro fictions.
This exhibition surveys 30 years of idiosyncratic sculpture, video, photography, embroidery and text that unleash deep social anxieties and feelings of selfconsciousness, triggering the impulse to simultaneously laugh and cry.
Van Hout’s practice deliberately blurs the boundaries between self and other, artist and audience, tragedy and farce, at once humorously and poignantly exploring powerful sensations of the contemporary human condition.
Ronnie van Hout. End Doll, 2007.
Mixed media. Courtesy the artist,
Darren Knight Gallery, STATION Gallery, Ivan Anthony and Hamish McKay Gallery.