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Previous Exhibits

November 28, 2009–January 10, 2010
Patrick Renner: xylem

Letitia Huckaby
 Bud, 2010
Pigment Print on Silk
24 x 19-1/2 inches

Letitia Huckaby
MaDear, 2010
Pigment prints on silk
29-1/2 x 41-1/2 inches

Houston-based artist Patrick Renner uses found objects, primarily painted boards and weathered wood that speak to their previous architectural uses in his sculptures. Using urban detritus, Renner reworks the castoff pieces into simple geometric shapes that are enriched by the pattern and colors of the materials, resembling three-dimensional crazy quilts. Renner allows each piece of wood to retain its own history, he writes, “Found objects continue to be of primary importance to my [artistic] practice…. Architectural refuse from countless sources reassembles itself into new form, like a demolition explosion in reverse.” The title of the exhibition, xylem, refers to the water-conducting tissue of vascular or woody plants. The artist notes that it alludes to the fluidity and painterly approach to a sculptural format. A variety of three-dimensional wall dependent works and free-standing sculpture will be included in the exhibition.

Letitia Huckaby
Something Old,
Something New
, 2010
Pigment prints on silk and
scrap fabrics

Renner received an MFA in sculpture from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2006, and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2004. He completed a residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY, in 2007 and has shown his work in venues throughout the US and in Cuba.