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"Breach of Gravity: Artist-in-Residence Lee Renninger"
2008-03-13 until 2008-04-26
McColl Center for Visual Art
Charlotte, NC, USA United States of America

McColl Center for Visual Art is pleased to announce that winter Artist-in-Residence Lee Renninger will work with students from The Art Institute of Charlotte’s Fashion Marketing and Management class in constructing couture pieces created from clay and fiber. The work will be inspired by the designer, Vionnet, because of her beautiful use of intricate decoration and detail and the way she uses sheer fabric to create negative space. Renninger will work with the students during her tenure at the Center with the project culminating with a display of the pieces, and reception for the artist, at Neiman Marcus on March 13, 2008 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Conceptually, the students and artist will address the idea of gravity. By nature clay is a heavy, solid and dense material. The students will form clay and fiber to create works that are the antithesis of these qualities. Renninger states, “It’s all an illusion, of course – but that’s the beauty of it.” All the final pieces may appear light, ethereal and wearable, yet will not be – they will merely mimic reality.   

Lee Renninger approaches ceramic sculpture with the intent to blend pop culture with fine art. Her interest in the dichotomy of fashion as art has led her to create detailed installations of fashion in life experience. She holds a BA in English and a MA in Political Science from the University of Florida. Renninger has exhibited extensively in the United States, and has work in the permanent collection at the Shepparton Art Gallery in Australia.

McColl Center for Visual Art is advancing creativity through artist residencies, exhibitions and other educational programs about contemporary art. The Center provides transforming experiences for visual artists, individuals who visit the Center and our broader community. McColl Center for Visual Art is supported, in part, by a Basic Operating grant from the Arts & Science Council; as well as the North Carolina Arts Council with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art; and the generosity of corporate and individual donors.

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Lee Renninger
Afghan
earthenware, fiber
8' x 36" x 2" (2m x 91cm x 5cm)


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