Saturday, April 12
Held in conjunction with Aperture
For Touching Strangers
Richard Renaldi traveled to towns all across the United states and asks complete strangers to interact physically. They embrace, wrap arm's around each other's shoulders, hold hands, and generally pose as if they knew each other intimately. Renaldi has been working on the series since 2007 and always manages pairings that have something strangely but beautifully charged about them. There is a closeness and an underlying tension in the work. There is something base that taps on both ends of our subconscious, and we feel both comfortable and uncomfortable. We want to trust but still cling to a sense of unknown and hesitate out of an equally primal fear. We grapple with these emotions and discover something very profound in these base reactions. In the end we want to connect with our fellow man more than we fear him, but we do have to be willing to let ourselves be vulnerable and face the fear of the unknown to truly experience each other and the truth within these works.
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Image Information: Nathan and Robyn, 2012, ©Richard Renaldi/Courtesy of Bonni Benruby GAllery, NYC