Renny Molenaar‘s solo show at House Gallery is mind-blowing, DoN asked the artist about the installation, “I’m a compulsive collector. All of the pieces in the show are inspired by repetition of color. I was playing with the Puerto Rican artist Miguel Pinero, the book Short Eyes, the first Puerto Rican play on Broadway, a movie came out after that. He was one of the writers for Miami Vice. He has a line where he’s talking about junkies that mentioned different kinds of rainbows in different color schemes. And I love that line, it’s fascinating. Brown rainbows and gray rainbows and vertical rainbows. And then I started doing rainbows with crack vials.”
“I was living in the South Bronx and I had just read Langston Hughes, where he’s talking about heroin pussy, this is crack pussy, and I was doing rainbows with them and I started noticing garbage becomes a narrative, garbage becomes a story. So I started collecting garbage that attracted me, that told a story…I became very attracted to things that have color. Or I added color, so I did a show in Maine and I did an installation of rocks covered in fabric, just to experiment, it was funny. I came back to New York, and I was invited to do a show ‘at a gallery’ and I wanted more rocks.”
“So I’m in the South Bronx and I tried to look for rocks and there is no rocks in the South Bronx. So, I found crack vials, I found mufflers, the mufflers are on top of the piano. This is terrible. That’s where the mufflers come up…they’re more common in the street than rocks. So I covered them in different colored fabric.”
Stacks Piles Accumulations Collections is disturbing and amazing with works made from crack lighters, crack bags and vials, found objects and fabric-bombed car mufflers leaving the question of the complicity of the petro-chemical industry in the distribution of drugs in the city all in a sweet rainbow of seductive color.
House Gallery, 1816 Frankfort Ave., Philadelphia PA.
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