Wednesday, October 31, 2012

"Terrible are the momentary facts and our desire goes beyond the hourglasses."


Here is my contribution to the upcoming Poetry Scores event (more information below). My painting "illustrates" the line "Terrible are the momentary facts and our desire goes beyond the hourglasses."

From 7-10 p.m. Friday, November 9, Poetry Scores will host its 8th art invitational where some 50 visual artists make new work based on the same long poem at Mad Art Gallery, 2727 So. 12th St. in Soulard. This invitational responds to "Phantom of the Dreams’ Origin," an excerpt of the first masterpiece of Greek Surrealism, Blast Furnace (1935) by Andreas Embirikos, translated into English by Nikos Stabakis.

The event is free and open to the public; Mad Art will run a cash bar and there will be some free food. The art work will be for sale, with proceeds split evenly between artist, gallery and Poetry Scores, a St. Louis-based non-profit arts organization that translates poetry into other media. Wole Soyinka, the Nobel Laureate in Literature from Nigeria, describes Poetry Scores as “a very special celebration of creative collaboration.”

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Variation for Robert Motherwell #10


T. Renner, "Variation for Robert Motherwell #10," 2008, acrylic on paper, 4.5" x 4.5".
Originally posted December 21, 2009.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Improvisation for Alex Herzog


T. Renner, "Improvisation for Alex Herzog," 2008, acrylic on canvas, 8" x 10".

Alex Herzog is a Swiss artist who was included in the inspirational "Immediate Touch" exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum. Originally posted December 9, 2008.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Improvisation for Charlie Parker #2


T. Renner, "Improvisation for Charlie Parker #2," 2008, acrylic on panel, 19" x 17.5".

Originally posted February 1, 2010.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Improvisation for Ornette Coleman


T. Renner, "Improvisation for Ornette Coleman," 2008, acrylic on paper, 7" x 5".

Originally posted October 28, 2008.
Webster University Film Series presents Ornette: Made in America, Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moore Auditorium.

Ornette: Made in America (Shirley Clarke, 1983, USA, 77 min.) This documentary captures the inner life of artist-innovator Ornette Coleman and his evolution over three decades.

Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes and some of the first music video-style segments ever made, chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon.

Contributors include: William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell. Viewing Ornette: Made in America is essential for anyone who wants to understand the history of jazz and the fertile creative exchange that highlighted the 1960′s and 70′s in America.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Two More Improvisations for Ornette Coleman



T. Renner, "Improvisation for Ornette Coleman #2," 2008, acrylic on paper, 7" x 5".




T. Renner, "Improvisation for Ornette Coleman #3," 2008, acrylic on paper, 7" x 5".

Originally posted November 9, 2008.
Webster University Film Series presents Ornette: Made in America, Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moore Auditorium.

Ornette: Made in America (Shirley Clarke, 1983, USA, 77 min.) This documentary captures the inner life of artist-innovator Ornette Coleman and his evolution over three decades.

Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes and some of the first music video-style segments ever made, chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon.

Contributors include: William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell. Viewing Ornette: Made in America is essential for anyone who wants to understand the history of jazz and the fertile creative exchange that highlighted the 1960′s and 70′s in America.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Improvisation for Ornette Coleman #4


T. Renner, "Improvisation for Ornette Coleman #4," oil on canvas, 18" x 24".

Originally posted on March 24, 2009.
Webster University Film Series presents Ornette: Made in America, Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moore Auditorium.

Ornette: Made in America (Shirley Clarke, 1983, USA, 77 min.) This documentary captures the inner life of artist-innovator Ornette Coleman and his evolution over three decades.

Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes and some of the first music video-style segments ever made, chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon.

Contributors include: William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell. Viewing Ornette: Made in America is essential for anyone who wants to understand the history of jazz and the fertile creative exchange that highlighted the 1960′s and 70′s in America.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

"X #2" for Ornette Coleman


T. Renner, "'X #2' for Ornette Coleman," 2009, acrylic on paper, 8" x 10".

Originally posted March 16, 2009.
Webster University Film Series presents Ornette: Made in America, Friday, October 26 through Sunday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Moore Auditorium.

Ornette: Made in America (Shirley Clarke, 1983, USA, 77 min.) This documentary captures the inner life of artist-innovator Ornette Coleman and his evolution over three decades.

Returning home to Fort Worth, Texas, in 1983 as a famed performer and composer, documentary footage, dramatic scenes and some of the first music video-style segments ever made, chronicle his boyhood in segregated Texas and his subsequent emergence as an American cultural pioneer and world-class icon.

Contributors include: William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Buckminster Fuller, Don Cherry, Yoko Ono, Charlie Haden, Robert Palmer, Jayne Cortez and John Rockwell. Viewing Ornette: Made in America is essential for anyone who wants to understand the history of jazz and the fertile creative exchange that highlighted the 1960′s and 70′s in America.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Red Sotheby's Faction


T. Renner, "Red Sotheby's Faction," 2008, collage, watercolor, on illustration board, 11" x 14.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Two Masking Tape Drawings


T. Renner, "For Dave Holland," 2008, acrylic and masking tape  on paper, 18" x 14".


T. Renner, "For Charlie Haden," 2008, acrylic and masking tape, on paper, 17" x 20".

Originally posted October 6, 2008.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Architectural Model

T. Renner, "Architectural Model," 2012, digital photograph.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Large 'X' for J.

T. Renner, "Large 'X' for J.," 2012, acrylic on corrugated cardboard, 36" x 36".

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy 86th Birthday, Chuck Berry!

T. Renner, "Chuck Berry Statue," 2011, digital photograph.

Happy 86th Birthday to Chuck Berry!

This photo is of a statue of Chuck Berry, who still lives and performs in St. Louis (including just last night!), located on Delmar Boulevard in University City. Harry Weber, sculptor, created this bronze work.

Chuck Berry's official web site says:
Born in St. Louis on October 18, 1926 Berry had many influences on his life that shaped his musical style. He emulated the smooth vocal clarity of his idol, Nat King Cole, while playing blues songs from bands like Muddy Waters.

Chuck Berry's music has transcended generations. He earns respect to this day because he is truly an entertainer. Berry, also known as "The Father of Rock & Roll", gained success by watching the audience's reaction and playing accordingly, putting his listeners' amusement above all else. For this reason, tunes like "Johnny B. Goode," "Maybellene" and "Memphis" have become anthems to an integrated American youth and popular culture. Berry is a musical icon who established rock and roll as a musical form and brought the worlds of black and white together in song.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Birth of the Cool #5: Deception


T. Renner, "The Birth of the Cool #5: Deception," 2008, acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24".

Monday, October 15, 2012

What Noisy Cats Are We #1


T. Renner, "What Noisy Cats Are We #1," 2008, acrylic on printed paper, 4.75" x 4.75".

The above is one of the twelve panels in a two-sided work (on a cd booklet) called "What Noisy Cats Are We." Originally posted on November 28, 2008.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Environmental Watercolor #1


T. Renner, "Environmental Watercolor #1," 2008, watercolor on paper, 15.25" x 11".

This is my contribution to the Missouri Coalition for the Environment's annual art auction.

earthworks2012
Sixty regional artists have donated their work to benefit
The Missouri Coalition for the Environment

Opening Reception
Friday, November 2
Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar Blvd., 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
free and open to the public

Regular Gallery hours 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday; noon to 5 pm Saturday 
 
Gala Art Party and Auction
Saturday, December 1
Regional Arts Commission
6128 Delmar Blvd., 5:30 to 7:30 p.m
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Tickets $35 - Purchase here

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Landscape, Illinois, Easter


T. Renner, "Landscape, Illinois, Easter," 2010, digital photograph. Originally posted on April 5, 2010.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Untitled

T. Renner, "Untitled," 2012, acrylic on clear plastic, 5.59" x 4.92".

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Portrait of Dave Brubeck



T. Renner, "Portrait of Dave Brubeck," 2008, acrylic on paper, 10.5" x 13.5".

This painting might be on display at Dressel's in the Central West End. I gave it to them but don't know if it was ever hung.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

For Robert Rauschenberg


T. Renner, "For Robert Rauschenberg," 2008, acrylic on paper, 5" x 7". Originally posted in October 2008.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Untitled

T. Renner, "Untitled," 2012, acrylic on paper, 6" x 4".

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Inside 7

T. Renner, "Inside 7," 2012, digital photograph.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Inside 6

T. Renner, "Inside 6," 2012, digital photograph.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Inside 5

T. Renner, "Inside 5," 2012, digital photograph.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Inside 4

T. Renner, "Inside 4," 2012, digital photograph.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Inside 3

T. Renner, "Inside 3," 2012, digital photograph.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Inside 2

T. Renner, "Inside 2," 2012, digital photograph.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Inside

T. Renner, "Inside," 2012, digital photograph.