Tauni De Lesseps Gallery of Art
The Warren Library, Palm Beach Atlantic University
300 Pembroke Pl, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Exhibition: March 6-April 13, 2023
I'm delighted to be exhibiting in this space.
As a non-traditional white box gallery, it gave me the opportunity to create a dialog between my works that is a first!
When I initially visited the space and saw the layout and gray carpet walls, I wasn't sure how my artwork would look. It took weeks before the opening to curate a series of works with which I was happy. I spent time in my studio experimenting with different layouts, artwork selections, and creative concepts.
The ideas percolated. I decided that although I didn't have the conditions to create installations of the past, I would let the large works talk to one another in different configuration. I was also inspired to create two abstract canvas panels and layer an existing piece and a new painting over them. The combination of canvas, wood, string and panels made an impact that I hadn't expected. During installation, I added a string and wood solutions on walls perpendicular to two large works, Push Back and Dare To Know (Sapere Aude). They mirror the flora and fauna, architectural, and geometric imagery in the paintings.
This has been a super satisfying sensory exercise in creativity on multiple levels!
Thank you to all for making this exhibition extraordinary
“Taking its name from the enigmatic poem by 19th-century French symbolist Stéphane Mallarmé, a throw of the dice will never abolish chance reflects on the dynamic of chance encounters and the interrelationships that emerge when artists convene from around the world during a time of global turmoil and unprecedented online connection. Based in Austria, Mexico, the United States, and Uruguay, the artists are all former SVA Artist Residency Project participants who have been meeting online weekly for discussion, critique, and mutual support during this isolating time.
Much like the spaces in the Mallarmé poem, the geographical spaces between the artists and commingling of ideas have activated the whole of the group. By coming together in the space of the gallery, these gaps are momentarily bridged, and the participants exist, for a time, via their work, in a shared physical context.”
We had a blast at the opening of our exhibition, a throw of the dice never abolishes chance.
Some of us were able to be there in person with our illustrious curator, Andrea Champlin and writer, Aditi Ruiz. Exhibiting artists in attendance: Allison Hunter, Andrew Ackerman, Diane Tenerelli Ellen Hallie Schiff and me. Exhibiting artist in attendance virtually: Albert Abdul-Barr Wang, Edie Beaucage, Marisa Beaucage, Nina Gospodin.
The following are two Instagram video links to our exhibition by Andrea Champlin, Curator. It is a fabulously curated show. Thank you Andrea! See these gems through July 7, 2021.
More info and to make an appointment:
Topic: A throw of the dice will never abolish chance gallery tour and discussion.
Time: Tuesday, Jun 15, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Taking its name from the enigmatic poem by 19th-century French symbolist Stéphane Mallarmé, a throw of the dice will never abolish chance reflects on the dynamic of chance encounters and the interrelationships that emerge when artists convene from around the world during a time of global turmoil and unprecedented online connection. Based in Austria, Mexico, the United States, and Uruguay, the artists are all former SVA Artist Residency Project participants who have been meeting online weekly for discussion, critique, and mutual support during this isolating time.
Much like the spaces in the Mallarmé poem, the geographical spaces between the artists and commingling of ideas have activated the whole of the group. By coming together in the space of the gallery, these gaps are momentarily bridged, and the participants exist, for a time, via their work, in a shared physical context.
Featuring artists Albert Abdul-Barr Wang, Allison Hunter, Andrew Ackerman, Diane Tenerelli, Edie Beaucage, Ellen Hallie Schiff, Marisa Bernotti, Nina Gospodin, Renée Rey, and writer Aditi Ruiz.
SVA Flatiron Gallery
133 West 21st Street, 1st floor
New York, NY
June 10-July 7, 2021
OPENING RECEPTION is on Saturday, June 12 from 3-5pm. Artists and curator will be in attendance.
There is no access to the gallery on the weekends so we will be meeting outside today. There is a large window for viewing the exhibition. I will be there about 4pm.
If you want to view the artwork in the gallery on another day, the following applies:
Show access is very limited. Any guest must be accompanied by an artist or curator in the show. Only those two people are allowed in the gallery at one time. Please request your appointment by Friday evening for the following week. For this coming week, by Sunday.
Let me know so I can try to meet you, or schedule someone else to meet you.
The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM. It is fully accessible by wheelchair.
Visit www.athrowofthedice.com to make an appointment. Your name on the list is required for entry.
Below are images of Peripheral Vision with details, one of my pieces in the exhibition.
We met by chance.
A few months ago 9 artists and one graphic designer/writer gathered on Zoom from Mexico, Austria, Uruguay and the United States. Our art salon was organized and led by Andrea Champlin, a powerful artist, mentor and teacher.
We artists attended a Summer Residency at the School of Visual Arts, NYC at one time or another. My 5-week experience in person residency was pre-Covid, the summer of 2019.
I was elated to meet Andrea at the residency. The stars aligned for me that summer as she was instrumental in stimulating my artistic transformation. So I was eager for another opportunity to engage artistically with her this year.
The others in our group were strangers to me. Yet over months of weekly meetings, I have discovered and learned about their passions and perspectives in art, philosophy and life. I have been inspired to dig deeper into my own practice and explore new territory.
Serendipity evolved into intentionality. We are now indelibly attached through time and space in a beautifully and thoughtfully curated show by Andrea. Aditi Ruiz has created fantastic graphics and stories about us. Come see the show in person when in Manhattan. Stay tuned for more info virtually.
With love and light,
In this painting I explore competing ideas of loss and hope, and separation and unity as a result of a current global pandemic, climate chaos, and political and social divisiveness.
I am fascinated by connections between the nature of Earth’s ecosystem and the nature of humanity. My viewpoint is tied to my multicultural heritage and conviction that everyone is spiritually connected. I imagine a world of inclusiveness and solidarity between all ages, genders, cultures and races. All of creation is in harmony and of equal importance. However, these idealistic views have been challenged in the current moment.
In this piece, the cloud and sky take center stage. Their vastness and permanence evoke a sense of freedom to investigate the transforming tensions I feel. My sense of spirituality is disrupted but strong. My floating ambiguous and fluid bodies appearing out of the shadows speak to the struggles of identity equality that I investigate. Through my figures and technologies of power lines and headphones, I seek to communicate ideas of equality and harmony for all of creation. The title refers to Manganese, a Transition Metal, 25th element of the periodic table, just one of which makes up physical existence in our universe. Transfiguring makes reference to the physical and philosophical metamorphosis.
I’m interested in the legacy of historic and religious text and its poetic message for our present and future. I research verses that relate to the environment and our responsibility as steward of the Earth. Taking poetic license, I make a metaphoric transition from environmental sustainability to human sustainability and our collective responsibility to each another.
On the right side of the painting, is my hand written English translation of Qur’an 30:41. In my research I found environmental symbolism associated with this verse. For me, it resonates with the current social and political climate as well:
Corruption has appeared in both land and sea because of what peoples’ own hands have brought. May they taste of something of what they have done so that hopefully they will turn back (to righteousness).
Even in a dark atmosphere, I ask how can we transform, turn to the light and communicate unity and build a better world?
25 Mn Transfiguring
Oil, acrylic, graphite on canvas
48"H x 60"W
2021 © Renée Rey, Artist. All rights reserved.
John and I had a wonderful discussion months before our upcoming exhibition. Get a glimpse of my concepts and processes as I explored ideas for the show. You can see the full video right here at https://www.reneerey.com/artist-s-talks
Visit https://www.fgcu.edu/artga.../currentseason/whenweseefurther to view all 4 exhibiting artists in conversation with John.
Painting, photography, sculpture, and drawing in harmony as we explore narratives of body, fragility and time during Covid-19.
When We See Further: Heather Couch, Marina Font, Renée Rey and Terre Rybovich
Wasmer Art Gallery
Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers, FL
Exhibition Dates: October 16 – November 19, 2020
I've been asked this question so I created a video for you to watch. You can view it right here on my website at https://www.reneerey.com/artist-s-talks
In the short video, I further discuss the following:
Digging deep into artwork can have a visceral and intellectual impact on you and your well being. Insights and perceptions can change daily when you live with art that ignites new thoughts and dialogs.
1. My take and your take on the artwork
2. Reference to the symbolism and beauty in the Garden of Eden
3. Movement, transformation in an ever changing world
Artwork from 2016 to the present in which I aim to ignite conversation about inclusiveness, equality, universal connectedness and environmental sustainability for our well being and the health of our planet.
My solo exhibition is a wrap at Hammond Hall Gallery, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL (September 3-24, 2020 exhibition) but you can see photos of the exhibition at https://www.reneerey.com/exhibitions-
Contact me with any questions!
Over two years ago, I submitted my artwork for a potential exhibition at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL. With their packed schedule, their committee reviewed my artwork and in January, invited me to exhibit my artwork this September. The wait is common as galleries are often booked way in advance, and it was worth it!
I am excited to present my solo exhibition entitled, Original Spin at Hammond Hall Gallery, Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, AL, September 3-24, 2020. It has been wonderful working with Morgan Worsham, Gallery Coordinator over the past year. Under Covid 19 circumstances, viewing is by appointment only at www.jsu.edu/art/hamond-gallery.html
I am fascinated by the richness of science, spirituality, philosophy and nature and how they align with self-actualization, universal connectedness and responsibility to the health of each other and our planet. As I explore these narratives, I create ethereal, other-worldly environments that have stimulated creative conversation and contemplation by viewers and collectors.
Stay tuned! I will be posting more information here and on https://www.facebook.com/reneerey/, https://twitter.com/ReneeReyArt, https://www.linkedin.com/in/ren%C3%A9e-rey-b1330b9/ and https://www.instagram.com/reneereyart/.
Please contact me and let me know when you are going to the show, and after you have seen it!
I am thrilled that Amy Zook is now representing my artwork at The Gallery at 200 Lex, The New York Design Center, New York, NY.
The two online sites where you can view and purchase my artwork are:
"Amy, one of the charter dealers of The Gallery in The New York Design Center located at 200 Lexington Avenue, remains a go-to source for designers and collectors. With 20 years of experience, she remains passionate and privileged to be a guardian of beautiful works until they pass to their next enthusiasts."
Please read this article to learn more about my artistic development and its influence on my artwork.
The Open Studios event on August 8, 2019 was that much fun! It was a wonderful time to share our super artwork with the public, have delicious discussions, and meet awesome artists and art appreciators. Thank you all for attending!
First photo by Jean Lungrin Ferlesch, following photos by Dennis Church.
I am thrilled to have been accepted into the five week Summer Painting Residency at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. It was an intensive experience where we had individual studios in which we could take a deep dive into our art practice and experiment with new concepts. Fabulous faculty including Steve DeFrank, Andrea Champlin, Danica Phelps, Gregory Coates and Peter Hristoff, accomplished artists in their own right, shared their knowledge and advised us on methodologies and other artists who could expand our discovery. Artist presentations by Dara Birnbaum and Alicia Grullon, and a tour of DC Moore Gallery by Peter Luke Colon, Associate Director, were energizing experiences.
My artwork flourished in this setting. I investigated concepts of the sublime, memory, rebirth, and the mythological at intersection of alternative, temporal and transcendent dimensions. I came away with new ideas to expand upon and look forward to realizing them in the coming months.
Please read this article about how I express my unique vision in my series of paintings and mixed media artwork concerning the planet's health and our well-being.
I am thrilled that the All Woman group exhibition at Maison 10, 260 5th Ave., New York, NY is extended through June 7, 2019. You can see eight of my paintings and mixed-media artwork in the show along with art by other wonderful artists. Art collectors can privately view other of my pieces. Contact Tom Blackie and Henri Myers for more information at the gallery.
My artwork is rooted in time and connection. I explore the binary concepts of sensual and sensory beauty and intellectual and philosophical beauty. In my series entitled, Democratized Ecosystems, I investigate the links between biodiversity, cultural diversity and equality. See more of my in depth talk in the video section of this website. My artwork is at Maison 10, 260 5th Ave., NYC February 17-April 26, 2019.
You can still see my painting, 12 Mg: Sustaining at Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, Oregon through the end of January 2019. Collectors, please contact gallery.