Blueprints for the Future

Danielle Tegeder's paintings are intricate drawings of a postapocalyptic world

There are some nice passages in the paintings, but composing works that are both eclectic and restrained is a tough act to pull off. Sometimes they feel self-conscious, and sometimes they click.

If you're feeling more 3-D than 2-D, check out Patrick Renner's work at Poissant O'Neal Gallery. Renner is a recent HSPVA grad and current Kansas City Art Institute student. His large-scale sculptures of patchworked wood scraps were standouts several years in a row in Lawndale's "Big Show." For this solo show, the ridiculously productive 20-year-old has a host of new work.

Tegeder learned to draw from her father, who made schematic drawings of heating and ventilations systems.
Courtesy of Mixture Contemporary Art
Tegeder learned to draw from her father, who made schematic drawings of heating and ventilations systems.

Flotilla, a series of boat-shaped sculptures with slats of wood and wire legs doesn't bowl you over, but Renner's solid, densely packed masses of multicolored wood fragments are still going strong. Sleeper is a subtle piece, a comma-shaped curve that barely rises out of the ground. The worn, painted scraps of wood have been carefully mitered and fitted together into a perfectly rounded curve.

Renner is continuing to push his work in a recent series of "monoprints." These concrete wall panels remind you slightly of Louise Nevelson's elaborate wall-based constructions from scrap wood. But Renner has glued together blocks of wood and then used them as molds to create a concrete relief. Where Nevelson pigmented her sculptures a solid color, Renner lets the concrete pigment itself with whatever paint it pulls off the wood scraps. The geometric relief of the concrete's surface works well with the chance aspect of the coloring.

The series of wall pieces seems to herald bigger things, maybe even something in the direction of British artist Rachel Whiteread's casts of a house interior. Something about the negative spaces around forms is really intriguing. Renner is a young artist with a lot of interesting ground to cover and a good head start.

Through October 18 at Mixture Contemporary Art, 1709 Westheimer, 713-520-6809.

Through October 11 at Barbara Davis Gallery, Warwick Hotel, 5701 Main, 713-520-9200. Through October 11 at Poissant O'Neal Gallery, 5102 Center Street, 713-868-9337.

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