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Gregg Renfrow, Recognition

Dates of Exhibition, September 3rd – September 30th
Artist reception Thursday, September 5, 5:30- 7:30

Toomey Tourell Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Bay Area based artist Gregg Renfrow entitled Recognition. Read press release below.

Clare Virginia Ryan, 2013 - polymer and pigment on cast acrylic, 50.5x49 inches

Garment, 2013 - polymer and pigment on cast acrylic, 60x50.5 in.

Mystic, 2013 - polymer & pigment on cast acrylic, 50.5 x 39 inches

Mystic, 2013 - polymer and pigment on cast acrylic, 50.5 x 39 inches

One Meant, 2013 - polymer and pigment on cast acrylic, 7x6 inches

Henry Sugar, 2013 - polymer and pigment on cast acrylic, 7x6 inches

Contraction, 2013 - polymer and pigment on cast acrylic, 7x6 inches

HM's Open Window, 2013 - polymer and pigment on cast acrylic, 24x24 inches

Recognition, Polymer & pigment on cast acrylic

Recognition, 2013 - polymer and pigment on cast acrylic, 72 x 48.5 inches

The Gates-2013, polymer & pigment on cast acrylic

The Gates, 2013 - polymer and pigment on cast acrylic, 50.5 x 49 inches

This body of work continues Renfrow’s preoccupation with light and color, as the fertile field in which he deploys his materials and processes. Renfrow applies pigment dissolved in polymer medium to translucent sheets of cast acrylic. These hang unframed and slightly forward, allowing the passage of light through both directions.

The luminosity that ensues seems a kind of summoning of light through the medium of color – a conjuring of experience that we the viewer bring to the work as we physically experience it. Renfrow has often stated that the subject of his painting is the viewer himself – that the engaged interaction of the audience is embodied in the painting process and the painting materials. This experience of pure seeing is the only claim on one’s time and one’s senses.

In this respect, Renfrow joins a long legacy of painting; painting as experience unencumbered by narrative – a 2D presentation of 3D space quickened by light and resonating with color. In the words of the artist, “The point of everything is the search for and discovery of light.”

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