The Fall and the Fall

Ronnie van Hout

  • 24 Sep, 2002

This work has been shown previously at the Centre of Contemporary Art in Christchurch. Then titled 'Rock Group' it was part of a group show called 'Dark Plain'. The work takes the form of modelled rocks which are also monitors.

Curiously self effecting and distinctively witty and intelligent Ronnie Van Hout is the grandmaster of art that can collapse into slapstick. He engages in a comedy of horrors which mines the personal and connects to the cultural. His modelling/model-making serves to imitate reality in a hyper-real extrapolation of the relationship between form and content.

Ronnie Van Hout is a particular flavour - definitely more rum 'n' raisin than cookies 'n' cream.

Ronnie Van Hout was born in Christchurch in 1962, He studied film at the University of Canterbury School of Fine Arts, and graduated Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1982. his Master of fine Arts form RMIT in Melbourne in 1999. Van Hout received grants from the Queen Elizabeth II Art Council of New Zealand in 1986, 1988 and 1989, and it's successor, Creative New Zealand in 1996 and 2000. Van Hout was the artist in residence at the Foundation Elba, Nijmegen, the Netherlands in 1994, and in 1996 at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth. In 1999 he undertook a Creative New Zealand sponsored residency at the International Studio Programme at PS1 in New York. He now lives in Melbourne.