A review of the exhibition hunter/gatherer by Alex Larsen and Patrick Renner at Alonzo Gallery:
Before people started settling into the towns and villages that would eventually lend themselves to the massive constructs you see scraping the sky, they were nomads. Roughly 90 percent of human history was spent wandering vast landscapes in hopes of finding sustenance. Today, although we as humans have become quite used to settling, if not being domesticated, we hunt and gather in different forms. Houston artists Patrick Renner and Alex Larsen explore the changing forms of the hunter-gatherer mindset in the aptly named exhibition hunter/gatherer at Alonzo Gallery.
Working with found materials, the two formed the idea of the exhibition three months before it opened and then set to work, hunting down ideas and gathering materials. “What inspired the notion of a show with Alex in the first place was my excitement for building a form that grew out of the arch window, the prominent and beautiful architectural feature of the Alonzo,” Renner said. With the go-ahead from Juan Alonzo, owner of the gallery, Renner began chewing on the idea of how to use this, ultimately culminating in an epiphany. Instead of crafting only the organic form sunraider, he used the form, reminiscent of a figure one might find in either an anthropological study of a culture’s demon mythology or breaching a vortex in a sci-fi movie, to interpret the function of a prism. Refracting light into tentacle-like appendages, sunraider reaches out to the rest of Renner’s works – a series entitled “ROYGBV”. “Each of the monochromatic panels is titled with some version of ROYGBV depending on the color (ex.: red is Roygbv, green is royGbv, etc.), because they also exist specifically within their relationship to one another,” Renner stated.