wax pastel and acrylic on canvas over low relief
11 x 14 inches
Ernesto Renda - "This is Real (Diane Sawyer and Whitney Houston)"
These paintings, based on film and television stills, are an attempt to capture the visual condition of being in-between electronic images. One image, rendered in low relief, becomes the means by which you see the other image, drawn in pastel. The recent works you see here have focused on interview scenes, where one subject appeals to the other for information or knowledge. In the over-the-shoulder shot, we identify with the interviewer, but there are often short clips of the interviewer's own face from the interviewee's point of view. I find these jumps in subjectivity fascinating.
Ernesto Renda (b. 1995, New Jersey, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY) attended the Brown-RISD Dual-Degree program and graduated with a BFA in Painting from RISD (‘18) and a BA in Media Studies from Brown University (‘18). He has also had solo exhibitions at The National Arts Club in New York City, the Granoff Center in Providence, RI and his work has been in group exhibitions at The David Winton Bell Gallery, Yellow Peril Gallery, and the Gelman Gallery in Providence and ConArtist Collective in New York. He has an upcoming two-person exhibition with Janie Korn curated by Matt Nasser at The Empty Circle Space in Brooklyn, NY in the fall of 2020.