“Lines between the organic and the man-made become blurred and a larger narrative is evoked.”
There’s a lot going on in Allison Renshaw’s paintings, so take a second to breathe. Renshaw, who received an MFA from MICA, lives and works in Encinitas, California. Her works create a “universe…that is seemingly random and difficult to decipher. This chaotic quality becomes a visualization of today’s open-source culture of sampling and recycling.” I love that element of controlled chaos with these. She definitely pulls it off. Renshaw is represented by Quint Contemporary Art in La Jolla, CA.
Curtis Mann is a destroyer. In the world of contemporary photography, there are very few who venture into the realm of the beauty in destruction. Mann’s technique involves bleaching C-Prints with certain areas masked out to avoid the manipulation of chemistry. Curtis finds thousands of photographs based on keywords of Middle Eastern wars, poverty and snapshots and tries to break the original photographer’s intention of conveying reality based recordings of events. While photojournalism has always yielded stoic and objective artforms, Mann reasserts the ability to place yourself in the middle of the chaos.