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Fusion exhibit features collages by Joe Renzi

Posted 10/5/22

Fusion Art & Gift Gallery, in The Photo Shoppe, 8584 Turin Road, will host an opening reception for its October Gallery show, which features collages by Joe Renzi.

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Fusion exhibit features collages by Joe Renzi

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LEE — Fusion Art & Gift Gallery, in The Photo Shoppe, 8584 Turin Road, will host an opening reception for its October Gallery show, which features collages by Joe Renzi.

The opening is on Friday, Oct. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

More on the artist

Renzi creates “collage art without computers, ventilation, or audience.” Analogue collage (no computers) has been the artist’s medium of choice for the past five years. Without any type of formal training, his first collages took the form of bookmarks, which were personalized and laminated for his friends in elementary school. His recent works have served as a vehicle for self-expression and commentary on some of the things which the artist has seen and experienced.

The act of cutting up previously packaged images (imbued with carefully intended messages and ideas) and the reorganization of these images to create new meaning, seems like an appropriate way to convey some of the fragmentation, irrationality, and absurdity in a world where we are encouraged to find our own meanings.

So, these admittedly “weird” collages are both personally expressive and conceptual. Naturally, the viewer is encouraged to project their own meaning into each piece or to project their thoughts about the artist himself if they wish. In this way, the work is also a projective exercise. In the process of creating each piece, images are procured both intentionally and serendipitously by the artist, who routinely searches garage sales and thrift shops for long discarded magazines, periodicals, and anything else of interest. It is often not clear whether the artist chooses the images, or if the images in some way choose him.

They are then cut up, processed, and destroyed with scissors and an X-acto knife. The images are then preserved, categorized, and buried in binders until inspiration arrives and resurrects them. The images find new life and meaning when they are secured to art board with glue and spray adhesive. 

By day, the artist is an elementary school counselor, working toward his license in clinical mental health counseling. He is a voracious consumer of music and stays up late to create his art. He is a Gemini (which to him means absolutely nothing but is open to others’ interpretations) and is a father of two girls.

His art will be displayed through the month of October at Fusion art gallery. His website can be found at renziart.godaddysites.com and he can be followed or contacted through Instagram. The artist is thankful for your interest as well as all those who support and challenge him.

The Photo Shoppe is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call 315-338-5712 or go online to facebook.com/photoshoppe 

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