Installation view photograph by John Montre.
From Art-Patrol St. Louis:
The "Works on Paper (Chance)" exhibition now on display at Subterranean Books, 6275 Delmar in the University City Loop closes on Sunday, March 15.
Tony Renner began painting in June 2007 almost immediately after completing his Master’s thesis in American Culture Studies. "Painting," he says, "was as far from writing as I could get."
Renner’s exhibition, Works on Paper (Chance), consists of fourteen small works created, mostly, by pressing a paint covered surface against a blank surface. The results range from a series of "self-portraits" to a series of "memento mori," or reminders of mortality, to a series of abstract compositions. All of the pieces are examples of chance or aleatoric art; work that owes its existence to luck.
Renner’s work has been exhibited at various locations throughout St. Louis and he received an award of excellence from Art St. Louis jurors Brian Smith and Lisa Bulawsky in 2007.
T. Renner, "Print from Memento Mori #1," 2008, acrylic on paper, 5" x 7".