Ron McBurnie
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All night long he struggled with his hose

All night long he struggled with his hose

Date: 1992
Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 26.8 x 50.2cms
Edition: 30

 
Dead Drivein

Dead Drivein

Date: 1988
Medium: hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 27.6 x 35.6
Edition: 30

I have always enjoyed the bible story of Jacob wrestling with the Angel, and admire Gauguin's painting of it called Vision after the Sermon. In my version, the suburban man wrestles with his garden hose late at night in lustful abandon.
 
I passed the Bulleen Drive-inn in the outer suburbs of Melbourne a few years after it had been closed. Although the snack bar and speaker poles were in bad shape, the blank white screen was in good order and seemed to be waiting for the coming night’s projection
     
End of the road

End of the road

Date: 1999
Medium: Hard Ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 49 x 39.5cms
Edition: 30

 
Guarding the house

Guarding the house

Date: 1999
Medium: Hard Ground etching
Plate size: 40 x40cms
Edition: 30

I’m very interested in the photographs we take as tourists. We stand in odd places and do odd things with our hands and mouths to show how much fun we are having.
 
Many of the high set houses in Townsville are on wooden stumps. The houses are quite suitable for dogs to walk under but not quite high enough for people (maybe people were much shorted when these houses were built). One can get quite grumpy after hitting your head on the wooden beams underneath.
     
Small child attacked by hose near Dalby

Small child attacked by hose near Dalby

Date: 2000
Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 16.5 x 16.2cms
Edition: Artist Proof

 
Hosing

Hosing

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Maybe there is the potential narrative for an interesting B grade horror movie in this print. The hose is much larger than usual and the dog is completely unconcerned about what is happening to the child or that the somewhat menacing sky is approaching.
 
This is another image of an out of control hose coiling itself around an unsuspecting gardener.
 
Shotgun hallway

Shotgun hallway

Date: 1989
Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 27.2 x 22.6cms
Edition: 20

 
Single dog bottle

Single dog bottle

Date: 1989
Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 27 x 19.8cms
Edition: 20

After I made this etching of a sinister event about to happen in a shot gun hallway, I learned that as a youth my grandfather and his friends, who lived in Sydney, would streak naked through people’s shotgun hallways; the tennants of the house being unaware of their bare invasion
 
A dog’s bottle for keeping away large urinating canines.
     
Small child weeing on art

Small child weeing on art

Date: 1987
Medium: Hard ground etching, aquatint and scraping
Plate size: 19 x 13cms
Edition: 20

 
This road does not lead to Townsville or Cairns

This road does not lead to Townsville or Cairns

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Medium: Hard ground etching and roulette
Plate size: 20 x 22.5cms
Edition: 30

A small child was spotted in a gallery in Brisbane urinating on one of my friend's sculptures. The sculpture did not in any way resemble Duchamp's Urinal but the event did give me the idea for this etching.
 
 
Wintergarden

Wintergarden

Date: 1988
Medium: hard ground etching, aquatint and open biting
Plate size: 20 x 32cms
Edition: 20

 
Woman of elephants

Woman of elephants

Date: 1988
Medium: Hard ground etching and aquatint
Plate size: 20 x 31cms
Edition: 20

The Wintergarden theatre in Townsville stood for many years waiting to find out whether it would be restored or demolished. Now a dusty plot of land used as a car park remains where it stood so majestically.
 
The Lady kept souvenirs of elephants throughout her house in Longreach. I found a house suitable to illustrate her story sleepily lounging by the edge of Queens Road in Townsville. Its walls were crumbling quietly, like the old man who sat on the front steps. Not long after this the indigenous people living there were evicted and the house suffered the indignity of new fibro walls, a coat of paint and new tenants.
 

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