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Artist's Opening Reception: Richard Renaldi at Bonni Benrubi Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, April 17, 2014
This Grand Show

Exhibition Dates:  April 17 - June 7, 2014

Opening with the Artist:
Thursday, April 17
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Benrubi Gallery has had a major push for Richard Renaldi as of late; with a book signing and exhibition for earlier work, Touching Strangers, associated with Aperture Foundation at the aipad fair and ongoing at their gallery.  This exhibition at Benrubi Gallery features work from Renaldi's series This Grand Show.  These works become a meditation on the narrative power of pure landscape photography and with them we reflect on the vision naturalist John Mur had for America.  

Renaldi's works are smooth, light is painterly, but these frames are not always so grand.  Something manmade but crumbling often interrupts the frame.  Structures symbolic and vacant and personal objects speak to occupants and owners.  A cake in a shop window waits for no one, an old Igloo ice cream truck waists away, an organ rots on a street corner and perhaps most poetic, a sand castle awaits the rising tide.  

Image Information:
Smashed Silo, Texas, 2005
Courtesy of Bonni Benrubi Gallery

Tags:  Bonni Benrubi Gallery  Richard Renaldi 

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Book Signing: Richard Renaldi at Bonni Benrubi Gallery Booth

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Saturday, April 12
3:00 pm 
Booth #206

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. 

For more information on this event, please follow this link 
Image Information: Nathan and Robyn, 2012, ©Richard Renaldi/Courtesy of Bonni Benruby GAllery, NYC

Tags:  Bonni Benrubi Gallery  Richard Renaldi 

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