Sunday, September 21, 2008

From Hard-Edged Abstraction to Action/Abstraction

Hearing Elizabeth Armstrong's lecture at the Kemper Art Museum -- Armstrong is the curator of the fantastic "Birth of the Cool" exhibition currently showing at the Kemper -- made me consider the tension that exists between my action/abstraction paintings and my hard-edged abstractions. What you've seen, mostly, on this blog have been my action/abstraction pieces. Well, kids, here's a hard-edged piece:

T. Renner, "Improvisation in Red and White," 2007 (painted over), acrylic on canvas, 14" x 18".

And here's the same painting after being given the action/abstraction treatment:

T. Renner, "Where's Marilyn Monroe?," 2007, acrylic on canvas, 14" x 18".