Linda Warren Projects proudly kicks off the fall art season with the solo exhibitions of two noteworthy Chicago-based artists, Brenda Moore and David Reninger, who celebrate the imagination by transposing the animal figures of their empathy into allegorical forms of visual poetry. Like fables or fairytales full of fantasy and folly, their anthropomorphized animals are quite deceptive - like wolves wrapped in sheep’s clothing.
Distilled through the delightfully rich and colorful oil paintings of David Reninger’s “Animal Tales” in Gallery X is the inspiring history of many art movements: the wild vitality of abstraction colliding with the ironic imagery of pop art, and stabilized with the solidity of realism. In his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Reninger, like Moore, embraces randomness while exercising obvious control over his decisions. Innocent animal figurines isolated inside of comic bubbles are combined in quixotic combinations, such as bear, hamster and bird or panda, frog, and bunny alluding to communication, suggesting stories obtuse and metaphoric that speak to the human condition. Within each painted line, pattern, texture and rhythm is meaning; whether it be the language of painting, or the language of computer science, biology or anthropology, Reninger’s work first attracts, then stimulates and provokes, thus surviving and thriving in the animal kingdom of the art world.
Chicago-based artist Brenda Moore’s intimate, detailed and symbolic works can be found in private and corporate collections nationwide including Wellington Management, Harris Bank and Kirkland & Ellis, amongst others. She received her MFA in 2001 from American University in Washington DC, where she was also presented with the Audrey Lavine Glassman Award. Moore’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the US for over two decades including venues such as Elizabeth Roberts Gallery and Watkins Gallery in Washington DC. Moore has been a full-time art teacher at The Chicago Academy for the Arts since 2003.
David Reninger is a Chicago-based painter and educator whose bold, ever-evolving practice has been featured in venues throughout Chicago and the Midwest including the Ukrainian Museum of Modern Art, the Illinois Institute of Art, the Fort Wayne Museum and the Hyde Park Art Center amongst many others. Reninger has held teaching positions at Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois, and has been a full-time elementary school art teacher at District 99 in Cicero since 2001. Reninger received his MFA from the University of Illinois in 1991.