SHADOW BOXER

Born into an auteur/photog family in Melbourne, Australia, in 1957, Jon Rendell grew up surrounded by cameras and film. He honed his craft under renowned photographer Athol Shmith at what is now Swinburne University (Prahran Campus, Melbourne).

In the mid 60s Jon’s father gave him the family Kodak box Brownie. He was 8. In the 70s, 80s and 90s he progressed through a series of 35mm film cameras along with the associated traditional darkroom techniques. He began digital photography in 1999, and is now thoroughly ensconced in that medium and delights in all its possibilities.

His photos of ordinary circumstances in life show an appreciation of life with fresh sensibilities.

 

The theme for his current 365 series, Wall & Ground, is what he calls wallscapes and groundscapes; where a wall or the ground becomes a canvas for the light and shadows that strike it.

A 2015 project, Is This Frisco?, photo-a-day blog showcased the city in which he lives.

Rendell's 2013 project was his first photo-a-day blog, 25’ RADIUS. 25’ RADIUS referred to the size of his apartment. Each day of 2013 Jon published a photo taken from within the confines of his abode in an effort to push himself to find inspiration in unexplored compositions and natural light.

“I’m captivated by light and shadows. I find myself hard-wired to focusing on the transitory, abstract shapes that come and go with the available light.”   — Jon Rendell

 

 

FORMAL QUALIFICATIONS

1977–1979
Diploma of Art and Design,
Swinburne University of Technology,
Prahran Campus, Melbourne, Australia

1980–1981

Bachelor of Education,
Melbourne University, Melbourne, Australia

 

"My goal is to capture a visual poetry of line and shadow among unassuming subjects that exist everywhere, yet may be oblivious to others."

PUBLICATIONS

2017

YMCA of San Francisco, Magic in the Kitchen: Bayview YMCA's Iron Chef Competition

Scene 4 Magazine: Postcards from New York June, Half 'n Half May, Flourishing Flora April,  Cloudscapes March, Wall and Ground February, Inspiration January

2016

SFMOMA Submission Friday Floorscape November 25, Steps, Grace Cathedral October 21

UCSF Alliance Health Project Artist Spotlight

AVEC PLEASURE (Art Tours and Consultancy) San Francisco Art Report: SFMOMA, May 22

Scene 4 Magazine:

Strangers in a Frame December, Plants With Pizazz November, The Talk of the Town October, Taking It to the Streets of San Francisco September, The Humble Lily August, Wallscapes July, SFMOMA: L'Embarras des Richesses June, Bunny Invasion May, Eschscholzia Californica April, San Francisco From A Helicopter March, Go to Coney and Eat Baloney on a Roll February, Postcards from Napa January.

2015

Contra Costa Times, October 25

Scene 4 Magazine:
Finding Beauty in Decay December, Postcards from Chinatown November, San Fran Shadows October, Golden Gate Park and the de Young Museum September, The Four Seasons of Foggy Frisco July/August, Secrets of Dogpatch and Pier 70 June, Bascule Drawbridges of San Francisco May, Quirky San Francisco April, Postcards from New Mexico March, @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz February, Lake Merced, San Francisco January.

SFMOMA Submission Friday Day 67: Scaffold Patterns March 13, Day 51: Final Sequence February 25, Day 41: Dormant February 13, Day 23: San Francisco Art Institute January 30.

365 photo-a-day blog, Is this Frisco? — San Francisco obscura

2014

SFMOMA Submission Friday Construction Workers, August 1, Ephemeral Threesome August 8, SFMOMA, September 26.

Homeless, Photo Du Jour, SFIST, July 24

The Examiner, Marty's Place, July 29

Scene 4 Magazine:

Homelessness in San Francisco January, Portrait February, Postcards from NOLA March, Gender in Still Life April, The Agave Up Close May, Lolita Lebron Funeral July, San Francisco Waterfront August, Postcards From Washington DC II September, Everywhere You Look October, Bike Rack Shadow Play in San Francisco November, Ocean Beach San Francisco December.

2013

365 photo-a-day blog, 25' RADIUS

Scene 4 Magazine:
A Few Drops of Mapplethorpe and a Tincture of O'Keeffe February, Postcards from the Cyclades March, Postcards from Puerto Rico April, Dead Daffodils May, A Stroll Through San Francisco's Mission District June, Finding Beauty Within a 25' Radius July, Confessions of a Mask August, Light and Shadow September, Refractions October, Happy Angler November, Looking at the Everyday for Inspiration December.

Light & Composition Magazine: Shadow, March 31.

Huffington Post: San Francisco, a Local's Perspective April 2.

Blog of artist Lisa Congdon, 24, April.

2012

Scene4 Magazine:
On the Waterfront March, San Francisco: Above, Below and In Between April, Flowers with Drama May, Food with Drama July, Killing Time Before the Show April, The Staircase July, Heading Toward Abstraction September, Postcards from Paris October, Postcards from Italy November, Postcards from Washington, DC December.

Architecture Week cover.

Global Yodel, May 23.

Light & Composition Magazine: The Hierloom Piece of the Building, November 8.

2011
Light & Composition Magazine: Photo of the Day, February 17.

Light & Composition Magazine: Photo of the Day, February 26.

2008
San Francisco Port Commission Calendar

Book: San Francisco On the Level. Humorous collection of photos of homes along some of San Francisco’s steepest streets.

1992–2007
Photographed art and architecture for the book, From Caves to Canvas — An Introduction to Western Art by Don Williams and Barbara Vance Wilson. [10 photographs, plus third edition cover design layout] 3 editions, 2 reprints.

1987
Photographed traveling theatre for Australian Bicentennial Authority

1987–1999
Photographed art and architecture for the book,
In Our Own Image—The Story of Australian Art by Don Williams [50 photographs] 3 editions, 4 reprints

1979
Photographed material for inclusion in The Australian Pottery Book by Harry Memmott, 2nd edition

1975

Monthly winner of statewide student photo competition run by The Age Newspaper.

 

“Who needs the Grand Canyon?
If you look closely enough, you’ll find your subject right under your nose.
”                — Jon Rendell

 

 

EXHIBITIONS

2017

21st Annual Art for AIDS Auction, October 30, City View, Metreon, San Francisco, CA

59th Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition,
May 13–July 30

Permanent installation of 23 photos at Openhouse Community at 55 Laguna. Photos selected from Is This Frsico? blog. Grand opening March 23

Nocturnes & Noir: a Juried Night Photography Exhibit, Harvey Milk Photo Center, February 11 – April 2

Postcards from the Edge 2017, hosted by Metro Pictures, New York, January 13-15

2016

Paradox contest winner in Your Daily Photograph December 9

Transportation contest winner in Your Daily Photograph November 9

Iconic Paris — Solo (traveling)

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
September 1 – September 30

Featured sale in Your Daily Photograph September 16

20th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, September 16, City View, Metreon, San Francisco, CA

58th Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition, May 7 – July 28

Postcards From The Edge, January 29–31, Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

2015

View Masters, 40 photos

Stanford Art Spaces, Stanford University

November 16, 2015 – January 15, 2016

California! Small Works National Juried Exhibition, October 15 – November 14, PHOTO Gallery, Oakland, CA

Compassion is Universal Silent Auction for Shanti, Palace Hotel, San Francisco, Oct 14

19th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, October 9, City View, Metreon, San Francisco, CA

Shortlisted for One for the Books at Ballarat International Foto Biennale 2015, Australia.

Iconic Paris — Solo (traveling)

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
May 1 – August 1

Postcards from the Edge — A benefit for Visual AIDS hosted by Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York.

January 30 – February 2.

2014

Iconic Paris — Solo — 16 photographs (traveling). Exhibition brochure

Sofitel Brisbane Grand Central
July 1 – August 24

Sofitel Sydney Wentworth
September 1 – October 5

Sofitel Gold Coast Broadbeach
October 8 – November 9

Sofitel Melbourne On Collins
December 1 – January 30, 2015

Best of Botanicals — National Juried Exhibition, May 22–July 12, PHOTO Gallery, Oakland, CA.

18th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, September 19, City View, Metreon, San Francisco, CA

56th Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition "Bending Over Backwards", May 3–July 31.

Small Art—Big Impact (Manhattan Arts International). An International Juried Online Exhibition December 18, 2013 – February 18, 2014. Jurors: James Bacchi, Edward Rubin and Renée Phillips.

2013

17th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, October 25, City View, Metreon, San Francisco, CA

Cover to Cover: A Survey of Artist Members' Photo Books, SF Camerawork July 10 – August 22.

55th Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition, May 4 – July 6.

Consulat Général de France. Installation of
12 prints, 88 Kearney St, San Francisco. March 1– November 30.

2012

16th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, September 14, City View, Metreon, San Francisco, CA

2011

15th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, September 23,  The Galleria (San Francisco Design Center), San Francisco, CA

2010

14th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, September 24,  The Galleria (San Francisco Design Center), San Francisco, CA

2009

13th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, October 3, Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, CA

2008

12th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, October 3, Herbst International Exhibition Hall, San Francisco, CA

Permanent installation of photographs of Italy La Firma Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia.

2007

11th Annual art for AIDS Auction, October 5, Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, CA

2006

10th Annual Art for AIDS Auction, August 4, Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, CA

Clouds and Landscapes, August 1-October 31, Café La, Sofitel Hotel, Melbourne Australia

1992

Matters of the Heart, 41 Gold Street Gallery, Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia

1989

Artists at the Mission, Mission Arts Centre, Port Melbourne, Australia

1988

Images of Fitzroy [Past & Present], Fitzroy Town Hall, 3rd prize, open color section, Melbourne, Australia

1987

Multiple Images, Roar Studios, Fitzroy (Reviewed by The Age art critic Gary Catalano, August 12, 1987)

 

 

NEWS

NEW One-A-Day Blog for 2017 — Wall & Ground

59th Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition, May 13–July 30, 2017

Permanent installation of 23 photos at Openhouse Community at 55 Laguna. Photos selected from Is This Frsico? blog.

Nocturnes & Noir: a Juried Night Photography Exhibit, Harvey Milk Photo Center, February 11 – April 2, 2017

Letters to the Editor, Scene4 Magazine

365 BLOGS; 25' RADIUS (2013) photos only   |  IS THIS FRISCO? (2015) photos only   |   WALL & GROUND (2017)

© 2017 JON RENDELL

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