Tactile & Interactive paintings, sculptures & altered books

Journey of Blue, Red & Yellow by Lauren McKinley Renzetti
Journey of Blue, Red & Yellow, interaction: Sir Blue, Sir Red and Sir Yellow all have different questsacrylic on canvas, various detritus, floss, metal men24″ x 26” $400
McKinley Reliquary by Lauren McKinley Renzetti
McKinley Reliquary, Interaction: view Reliquary through the frame provided wooden shadow box, various items, gold leaf nail 6″ x 8″ $150

After working a few years in national gallery settings like the Art Gallery of Hamilton and the Art Gallery of Ontario I became frustrated in the inability to touch art works. Brancusi created sculptures that were created with the full intention of being touched by the blind – these are housed behind glass.  Through the use of very thick impasto textured paint, inclusion of  found objects and street detritus  in my art  I came to realize I was reacting to this premise in galleries. I allow even encourage my work to be touched & experienced through your hands not just eyes. Many of my works are about the physical journey your hand takes whether that is by small men who walks on a journey on the canvas or the viewers personal exploration of the work through rearranging the composition, or looking through a small  frame . Altered books are a newer art medium for me and they beg to be flipped thorough and explored like any good book deserves.

May 2013

 

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