EVENT: Porterville College Art Exhibition: The Art of Ren Lee
DATES OF SHOW: February 11 – 28, 2019
RECEPTION FOR THE ARTIST: Thursday, February 7th, 5-7 pm at the Porterville College Art Gallery
GALLERY HOURS: Monday – Thursday from 12 – 2 pm and 4 – 6 pm
The public is invited to see the art of Ren Lee at the Porterville College Art Gallery. The exhibition runs from February 11 – 28, 2019. The public is also invited to the opening reception of her show, which is for Thursday evening, February 7th, 5-7 pm, at the Porterville College Art Gallery.
What follows is Ren Lee’s discussion of her work:
My sculptures are entirely hand-built, usually beginning with slabs, sometimes with coiled or pinched forms, in a variety of cone 10 clay bodies varying in color but all with compatible shrinkage rates--sometimes blended or marbled for textural and color effects. I am interested in coaxing depth and drama from the clay itself, with limited use of glaze for accents. My subject matter is mostly presences felt in dream states or altered states of consciousness. Other areas of exploration include myth and historical folklore. Most of my work is designed to be wall-mounted. Occasionally I explore these themes as interpretations in vessel form or as a free-standing sculpture. My juju wall pieces are conceived as gestural, simplified, and impressionistic—reminiscent of unformed presences in dreams; my celestial and mythical pieces are more detailed and attitudinal, with distinct faces and discernable moods. All of my work is created to receive and hold the hopes and aspirations and memories of the people who give them forever homes. They are vessels for dreams, evocative of dreams, and receivers of dreams.
Lee continues by discussing how she came to do the work that is in this show:
I am the child of an art director and an architect, born to be an artist. I started drawing before I could talk. Later, it turned out I was good at academics and was encouraged to pursue academically respectable vocations, like being a biologist, managing corporate projects, and teaching college. It took a long time between abandoning art as a daily practice and taking it up again full time, but I finally made it. I work in the studio every day, including weekends and holidays.
I have worked professionally as a graphic designer, creative director, and have experience in illustration, silkscreen techniques, photography, typography, painting and digital art. While I am still competent in those areas, I choose to work in clay. I am very much a pilgrim on a quest to understand the nature of clay, how to work it, how to bring it back to life.
The show will run from February 11 – 28, 2019. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 12 to 2 pm and 4 to 6 pm. The opening reception is Thursday evening, February 7th, from 5-7pm.
Parking is unrestricted during the time of the reception. For other times, contact the front desk when you arrive to visit the show for a free temporary parking permit.
Please contact Jim Entz at (559) 791-2257 with any questions.