Vanessa Renwick: Patriot Act
Patriot Act is Vanessa Renwick's newest work, an impassioned and sublime installation
that explores our country's shifting personal and constitutional liberties. Renwick's piece consists
of neon words installed in the library cases. The words emanate a meditative, ethereal glow and
shift in and out of legibility depending upon one's perspective. Renwick's work foregrounds critical
discourse concerning our access to and personal control over information and experience. In Patriot
Act, Vanessa specifically references the Rights of Library Users:
Exhibition curator: Stephanie Snyder, director, Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery
My work reflects an interest in placerelationships between bodies and landscapesand all sorts of borders. Working in experimental and documentary forms, I produce films, videos, and installations that explore the possibility of poetry in contemporary society, while sometimes providing a vicious, satirical commentary on that society. Currently I am making a 16mm experimental documentary essay entitled Critter, about the reintroduction of gray wolves into the modern West. My focus is on the battles that humans play out over the management of the wolf, the most managed animal in the West, and the political borders that the wolves unknowingly cross.
Vanessa Renwick is a Portland-based film, video, and installation artist. She has completed projects and screened her work widely at national and international venues such as the NY Underground Film Festival, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Venice International Film Festival, the Soap Factory, and The Kitchen. Also a curator, Renwick has organized numerous screenings and taken her work on the road, most recently with artist Bill Daniel. Currently Renwick and Daniel are curating Swap Meeta travelling exhibition that brings two groups of artists (one from San Francisco and one from Portland) together for a two-city exchange of visual arts, music, and film. In the artists' words, Swap Meet is "an intrepid expedition to establish a trading route along Interstate 5. This 625-mile cultural exchange is a gathering of twenty artists, old friends and new friends, in a many-moded narrative that will collectively display contrasts and commonalities between these neighboring west coast art communities." For information about Renwick's projects visit www.odoka.org.