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Layover: New Work by Vanessa Renwick

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Layover: New Work by Vanessa Renwick

The Art Gym is proud to present layover: new work by Vanessa Renwick. The exhibition will include a single channel video installation of Vaux’s swifts in flight, a score by Sam Coomes, and a mixed media light installation the go-betweens in which six of The Art Gym’s large beautiful multi-pane arched windows will be transformed into a different bird – a loon, a snowy owl, a raven, a woodpecker, and a peregrine.

Renwick is known for her installations that combine video and sculpture and create a unique viewing experience for visitors. Much of her work responds to the natural world and to specific places. An accompanying publication will document the show and include images of past works of video installations involving nature – Hunting Requires OptimismMedusa Smack, and FULL ON LOG JAM. It will feature an introduction by critic Randy Gragg and an essay by author Jon Raymond. The catalog will be released on May 4th and be available in the gallery for 10 dollars. It joins The Art Gym’s more than 70 books and catalogs on contemporary art of the Pacific Northwest. All of The Art Gym’s books and catalogs are available as downloadable documents on the international library database WorldCat, accessible through the gallery’s website.

Curator Terri Hopkins has followed Renwick’s installation work for more than 10 years and been impressed with how the artist engages viewers through a combination of video, sculpture and inventive viewing experiences. Renwick’s work provides an unusual window on nature and wildlife, particularly in how visitors are involved — opening refrigerator doors to view wolves hunting, lying down on top of piles of wood to view forest. For The Art Gym installation, the birds on the windows will be 12 feet high and a video of birds in flight will be projected onto a screen suspended above viewers.

Tuesday, May 6 at 1:30 p.m. Renwick will be speaking about her work at Clackamas Community College. Also, the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will be presenting Vanessa Renwick: Hunting Requires Optimism & Medusa Smackfrom April 25 to June 29, 2014.

Vanessa Renwick is an artist who is known for films such as Portrait #2: Trojan, 2006; 9 is a secret, 2002; Britton, South Dakota, 2003; and Charismatic Megafauna, 2011. She has received the DIY of All Time Award from Judge Mike Plante at the NW Filmmaker’s Festival and is the 2014 Bonnie Bronson Fellow. She is represented by PDX Contemporary Art.

 

Curated by: Terri Hopkins

On View April 14 – May 17, 2014