Billy Renkl and Greg Sand
July 2, 2015
The Framemaker proudly presents new collaborative work by artists Billy Renkl and Greg Sand. This exhibit is part of Clarksville’s First Thursday Art Walk on July 2, 2015. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display at the Framemaker throughout the month of July during normal business hours (Mon. through Fri. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.). The Framemaker is located at the corner of North Second Street and Georgia Avenue, across from the Clarksville Academy.
Billy Renkl currently teaches drawing and illustration at Austin Peay State University (APSU) in Clarksville, Tenn. He attended Auburn University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications and the University of South Carolina, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing. Renkl alters old, retired, images and documents to create meaning and metaphor in their peculiar beauty and often accidental aesthetic. Renkl states, “In images, diagrams, and maps, the world is represented as both sensible and miraculous, systematic and astonishing. These images were originally made to be clear and objective, a rational distillation of a mechanical world. Instead and in addition, though, they are made rich in beauty and poetry.”
Renkl’s work has been featured in many solo and group exhibitions, including solo shows at The Cumberland Gallery (Nashville, Tenn.), Marguerite Oestreicher Fine Arts (New Orleans, La.), Vanderbilt University, The University of Kentucky, The Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Galerie Neue Raume (Berlin, Germany). His work can be found in several permanent collections, including The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Kiwanis Club International, The Tennessee State Museum, and The College of Notre Dame, Baltimore. In addition to gallery exhibitions, Renkl has worked with many clients on illustration assignments, including SouthWest Airlines, How Magazine, Vanderbilt University, Klutz Inc., Strategy & Business, The River Styx, Poems and Plays, and Rigby Publishing.
Greg Sand is an artist and photographer who explores the issues of existence, time and death. He works primarily with digital photography to produce art that addresses the nature of photography and its role in defining reality. Sand received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from APSU in 2008. He has captured acclaim from both jurors and audiences, winning numerous awards and honors. In 2009, Sand was selected by critic Catherine Edelman and the Griffin Museum of Photography as one of “the most exciting new artists emerging in the world of photography.” Sand currently produces work in Clarksville, Tenn., and exhibits across the United States.
On working together, Renkl and Sand state, “In our culture, the practice of making art is often an exclusively self-referential activity. The popular model is for the artist to disappear into his or her attic of anguish, emerging eventually with a personal, insular, self-referential triumph. Or, often, not. Collaboration favors regard over self-regard, conversation over solitude, empathy over self-expression. It is, really, a relief to have a voice outside of oneself to ratify what is effective and clarify what is not. Though both of us primarily work with found imagery, the way we use it is quite different. One of us emphasizes accrual, for instance; the other often employs subtraction. Even so, working together has been surprisingly easy, calling to mind the old adage, ‘Many hands make light work.'”