Robert Rauschenberg

& Gregg Renfrow Color Field Paintings
February 5 - February 28, 2004
Preview Reception Wednesday, Feb. 4, 6-8 pm
First Thursday Feb. 5, 6-9 pm

In honor of White Bird’s presentation of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company on Feb. 11, Elizabeth Leach Gallery will present a survey of prints by Robert Rauschenberg. Rauschenberg first came to prominence in the mid-1950’s, and is now considered to be one of the most significant artists associated with American Pop Art, a movement which derives imagery from popular culture and new technology. In addition to several prints, the exhibition will also feature a large assemblage from Rauschenberg’s 1985 Sling-Shots series, which is comprised of multiple lithographs, sailcloth, mylar, a wooden lightbox, fluorescent light fixture, aluminum, and moveable window shades.

When Gregg Renfrow graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in the early 70’s, he had already isolated light and space as essential elements for the creation of his work. In Renfrow’s latest show, Color Field Paintings, the artist exhibits his mastery of the properties of light and space, and especially light as it interacts with matter to create color.
In these serene compositions, the artist works with thin veils of paint, covering the surface of each acrylic panel with sweeping washes of color. Renfrow then backs the acrylic panels with a flange so they stand slightly away from the wall, allowing light to flow behind and then filter out through the pigment. The result is an illumination of color and translucent form.