August 28, 2002
Recent works by Susan Bryant and Billy Renkl are on exhibit in the Tennessee Arts Commission Gallery from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, Aug. 22-Sept. 27, with an opening reception held 4-6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 23. The gallery is located at 401 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville.
Bryant, who teaches photography at APSU, has participated in numerous solo, selected juried and group exhibitions nationwide. Her work is found in such collections as the Museum of Art in Knoxville, the Photographic Archives at the University of Louisville, the Center of Photography at Woodstock, N.Y. and the Tennessee State Museum.
Renkl teaches graphic design, illustration and drawing. He, too, has participated in many solo and group exhibitions and has received several awards throughout his career. He received a six-month residency in Basel, Switzerland, in 1998 as a participant in the International Artists Exchange Program.
That same year, “How” magazine named him to receive its Best of Show Award. Renkl's work is in art collections at APSU, as well as in the Tennessee State Museum, Kiwanis Club International, Birmingham, and the Paul W. Bryant Conference Center and the Children's Hospital, both at the University of Alabama.
According to Bryant, most of her photography included in this show resulted from a road trip to the southern coastal area of South Carolina and Georgia, which she took with her husband, Billy Renkl, and Will, their 3-year-old son.
Although she planned to capture southern landscapes and architecture on film, what she found and photographed were gardens and ruins. Known for her striking black and white photography, Bryant used hand-colored panoramic images in this series.
About the TAC exhibit, Bryant said, “In this series of work, I've been able to explore several themes: the poignant contradiction of well-kept gardens and crumbling ruins; the overwhelming presence of the past in the South; and my continued interest in the contradiction of stillness and anticipation.”
Most of Renkl's artwork on display at TAC are collages that he created from loose pages of a badly damaged book from the late 17th century. The group of collages, titled “What Happens Next is Not Yet Clear,” is “a rambling meditation on the ways people try to predict or control or prepare for the future,” Renkl said.
According to him, the series began two years ago: He was driving away from a repair shop with his car radio tuned to National Public Radio. A news story was ending, and the reporter concluded by saying, “and what happens next is not yet clear.”
Renkl said, “I've been thinking about that phrase ever since, thinking that perhaps all news stories should end with such a frank admission of the intractable nature of things.”
For more information about the exhibits, telephone Timothy Weber at (615) 532-9798, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
or go to the TAC Web site: www.arts.state.tn.us