Renée Green
Excerpts A.1
18 Jun – 30 Jul 2021
The Upstairs at 39 Walker

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Renée Green, Excerpts A.1, Installation view, Bortolami, The Upstairs, New York, NY, 2021

Presented for the first time, these richly layered paintings provide dream-like narratives stemming from the time spent by the artist in Mexico during the 1980s, as well as that decade’s US-backed political violence and societal turmoil in Central and South America. The images call to mind the equivocal storytelling of Green’s 1994 bilingual novel, Camino Road, tracing a New York art student’s illusive reminiscence of a road trip to Mexico.

For the past four decades, Green’s process has been accretive, with artworks created through her prolific career combining to generate their own novel systems and taxonomies. Her practice has also been marked by a clear intertextuality, sliding seamlessly between text, film, sound, and art objects.

Works

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Untitled

Untitled, 1985

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Untitled

Untitled, 1985

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Cannibals Buy Time

Cannibals Buy Time, 1985

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Untitled

Untitled, 1985

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Untitled

Untitled, 1985

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Untitled

Untitled, 1985

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Metonymies (a)

Metonymies (a), 1984

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Metonymies (h)

Metonymies (h), 1984

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Metonymies (k)

Metonymies (k), 1984

Installation view of displayed artwork titled Metonymies (g)

Metonymies (g), 1984