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RenO Franczek

November 6 - 29, 2020

The Jackson Junge Gallery presents FLOWERS OF THE PANDEMIC, its fifth solo exhibition of 2020. The exhibition features seven original paintings by local RenO Franczek. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the lives of every individual on the planet. To say that human kind has been overburdened by the paradigm of chaos would be true, but at this moment in time, to strive for perfection would be detrimental to one’s psyche. It is RenO’s thought that we must understand how to work and survive within this context and to not be burdened by the chaos, but work within this, to compose and achieve our goals. RenO explains, “these paintings are justification to overcome these obstacles with a unique set of compositions and relations of materials, colors, shapes and applications. Chaos or perfection? Maybe neither, except a little more reliance on the unknown.”

This series strives to eliminate the paint brush and relies on experimental processes related to Jackson Pollock and Gerhard Richter. Most of the paint was dripped, molded and formed separately on panes of glass and then carefully removed and applied to panels over a period of two years. With the concept of control always at the forefront, there are varying degrees of inclusion and exclusion playing in the compositions. Some applications are customized and forced into relation with intention, whereas the others are saved from discard and subconsciously brought to life. RenO states, “If you break an artist’s hand, they’ll find a way to make the work. If you take away their paint brush, it eventually gets replaced. What we see is ultimately the artist’s mind displayed before you with all its energies, inconsistencies and persistence.”

Artist: RenO Franczek

FLOWERS OF THE PANDEMIC runs November 6, 2020 – November 29, 2020 and is curated by Assistant Gallery Director Kaitlyn Miller.

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