On Wednesday, April 2 from 7-9 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art and Design, Baltimore-based artist Renée Rendine will perform a new, site-specific performance entitled billow. The artist will use movement and moisture to transform an aqueous structure that will fill the building’s North Atrium. The cost of this special, one-night-only performance is included with regular museum admission, which is half price on Wednesday evenings, when the museum is open until 9 p.m.
Drawing on the labor of insects as a metaphor for human behavior, Renée Rendine’s work poetically addresses themes of metamorphosis, growth, and decay. Her work typically involves sculptural, cocoon-like costumes—constructed from man-made materials and laboriously woven, braided, or sewn—which the artist inhabits and transfigures through repetitive action.
“NOW Performance is an opportunity for artists to enliven the public spaces of the museum through performance,” said Lauren Dickens, assistant curator of contemporary art at the Corcoran. “From our first meeting, Renée was completely taken with the water-like quality of light emanating from the skylights in the floor of the atrium, so she decided to build her project around them. Her work is so poetic and rhythmic; it will be interesting to see how it unfolds over the two hour duration.”
Renée Rendine received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She was the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship in 2000, and awarded a fellowship to study in Italy by the Atlantic Center for the Arts the same year. Her work has been shown at Ethan Cohen Gallery in Beacon, New York, Arlington Arts Center in Arlington, Virginia, Kim Foster Gallery in New York, and Hemphill Fine Arts in Washington, D.C. Her work has been reviewed in publications including Sculpture Magazine, Surface Design Journal, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. Rendine currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.