Richard Denner

AN ART HISTORIAN’S PERSPECTIVE

Drawing inspiration from his experiences as a poet-monk, his travels zigzagging across the American landscape and the rich conversations that arose in each locale, Richard Denner created a body of work that ranges from the fragile and ephemeral to the rugged and enduring. These assemblage sculptures recall the Neo-Dada combines of Robert Rauschenberg as well as the funk art of Bruce Conner. Entering into each new environment, Denner collects life’s detritus and fragments of the site. These humble, broken objects are then later imaginatively reworked to draw the beautiful and brutal closer together in an improvised and spontaneous creative moment. These works are then left in the original environment – hung on a fence, leaned against a shack, lying in a field – and the elements of nature are allowed to leave their final signature. Lu Auz Memphis College of Art

Combine 1

mixed media, 23 x 37 inches

A Week’s Detritus

readymade, 8 x 8 x 9 inches

Combine 2

mixed media, 22 x 32 inches