Ken Raff: The Stage
When: Friday 25 June - Sunday 8 August 2021
Where: Brindley Family Galleries, MAMA
Albury Wodonga artist Ken Raff has sustained his working practice for 50 years. In that time, he has staged single artist presentations across regional Victoria and New South Wales, throughout the local Border region, in Melbourne, and participated in numerous group exhibitions. Alongside this gallery practice, he has maintained a prolific output of public artworks in that time, placing him as one of our region’s most prominent artists.
The Stage presents an artist’s life as one of working with and against structures, moving through the familiar spaces that are occupied in a lifetime. In the exhibition space, these habitats become the home for an artist who is now unseen, having shifted from being an actor on these sets to a director who enables an audience’s encounter with the work.
Three distinct yet related scenes are presented, each representing various aspects of a developing life – from infancy, through to the complexity of adulthood, and later years of contemplation. A fourth tableau, in a separate room, presents an undefined environment, neither a moment in time nor a specific place. It is a site of imagination where unseen forces become realised.
With The Stage, Raff has distilled the preoccupations of his five decade exhibition practice and the ambition of his public works to produce a body of work that fills the museum’s galleries. The Stage is a psychologically charged space that invites audiences into a realm of personal reflection for the artist and an experiential site of discovery for audiences.