Ronnie van Hout 'Sick Chimp' 2002. Plastic, resin, rubber & cloth. Image courtesy of the artist.
    Ronnie van Hout 'Monkey Madness' 2001. Print on archival museum rag paper.
    Ronnie van Hout 'Sculpt d. Dog' 2001. Print on archival museum rag paper.
    Ronnie van Hout 'Self' 2001. Print on archival museum rag paper.


Contemporary hybrids: Ronnie van Hout – artist talk

20 Jul 12:30pm -
20 Jul 1:30pm

344 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC


Ronnie van Hout

Melbourne based, New Zealand artist Ronnie van Hout’s art shocks, bewilders, unnerves and amuses. He has been called a ‘master of slapstick existentialism’, and references sci-fi and horror, cults and conspiracy in his work.

It’s now your chance to hear from van Hout himself about his inspirations, practice and the monstrous.

Ronnie van Hout’s artist talk is part of the My Monster: The human animal hybrid (29 June – 18 August) exhibition at RMIT Gallery, to be opened by cinema historian Barbara Creed on Thursday 28 June at 6 pm.

In her short essay for the 2015 exhibition The Dark Pool Creed noted that van Hout “brings back to life what the past has repressed, those things that trouble and disturb the unconscious. Ronnie van Hout’s images speak so eloquently to the uncanny.” (Andrew Stephens, SMH, 2015)

Curated into this year’s Hyper Real at the National Gallery of Australia, The Guardian arts writer Van Badham said of van Hout’s work “the smoking, drinking, pyjama-wearing child-adults on toilets delivers the precise kind of “creepy and weird” vibe the artist admits to me has fascinated him since his own liminal adolescence.” (The Guardian Oct 2017)

Images: courtesy of Ronnie van Hout.