11 MARCH 2019
New Art Installation at Kirksey
The first piece in our rotating art collection was installed this past weekend.
Over the weekend, Kirksey had our first piece installed as the inaugural art for our art rotation program. The piece is meant to be in place for about six months, then rotate to another. This first installation started as a sketch (complete with coffee stain) that Vice President and Interior Architecture Team Leader Brian Malarkey created based on the work of Patrick Renner, a friend and creator of the famous "Funnel Tunnel" on Montrose several years back. They met, discussed the piece, and he took it from there. It’s a perfect beginning for our art rotation program since the media is re-claimed wood from (mostly) architecture demolished in the Houston area, up-cycled into what you see today.
Patrick’s description of the piece and his bio are included below:
“This piece represents the accumulation of architectural detritus over the last two decades of my life. I have an ongoing fascination with this material because of the cycle it goes through: from tree to sawmill, lumberyard to building, architecture to trash pile, stockpile to artwork; furthermore, all the bits and pieces in the composition are byproducts of previous constructions I've made. As a result, they carry both the imbedded information from when they were part of a structure, in the form wear and weathering on the surface of each painted piece, as well as a record of my decision-making as I've modified them previously.”
Patrick Renner is a native Houstonian. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2004 and an MFA in sculpture from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2006. Following school, Renner moved back to Houston and immersed himself in the art scene, co-founding an artists’ warehouse space, launched a collaborative multimedia art group, and formed connections with various galleries and art venues in town. He has shown his work extensively in Houston, as well as engaging in other exhibition opportunities across the US; international appearances include a sound art festival in Cuba and the Busan International Art Fair in South Korea. Renner is perhaps best known in Houston for Funnel Tunnel, which lived on Montrose Blvd. in 2013 and currently resides in New Orleans. In 2015, he co-founded Flying Carpet Creative, a public sculpture company that merges art and engineering to produce impactful experiences.