November 20, 5 pm
Artist Talk: Billy Renkl
JCSM is pleased to present the work of Auburn University alumnus Billy Renkl, ‘85. Prompted by passages in Henry David Thoreau’s journals, each piece in this exhibition begins with the artist’s deliberate, personal reading of Thoreau’s writing. Using found paper and illustrations from myriad sources ranging from used books and postcards to legal documents, Renkl garners meaning from his materials. The resulting object reverberates with Thoreau’s language and Renkl’s experience of thinking about and interpreting Thoreau. Together in the exhibition, the thirty pieces become a visual and linguistic conversation between Henry David Thoreau and Billy Renkl.