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Negentropy: paintings and etchings - Renee Robbins and Bruce Riley

On Display: September 17, 2014 –November 26, 2014

Artist Reception Friday September 26 5-7pm
Fermilab Art Gallery, Wilson Hall

Gallery Talk Wednesday October 15 noon
Fermilab Art Gallery, Wilson Hall

The Negentropy exhibit features paintings and etchings by Bruce Riley and Renee Robbins. Both artists share an interest in vivid color, obsessive detail, nature, and science. Physicist Erwin Schrodinger introduced the concept of negative entropy (negentropy) to explain the order of a living system compared to the chaos surrounding it. While entropy refers to the state of disorder in macroscopic systems, negentropy lies at the intersection of entropy and life. The term negentropy is used to describe the storage of energy as opposed to its release toward equilibrium or entropy. In the artwork, this parallels to a macroscopic view that slowly gives way to more detail. A complex web of energies and symbols is stored in different sections of the artwork. The artists achieve this through a process of painting that moves between abstraction and representation, chaos and order. Both artists' work blurs the opposites of microscopic and macroscopic as it moves between worlds that are imagined and real. Robbins' paintings create a window into a rich universe of indiscernible scale with patterns of systemic flow and visual poetry. Riley's paintings are lush objects that present enigmatic narratives. Negentropy touches on the overarching theme for this collection of artworks and pulls from the rich intersection of science, nature, and art.

Renee Robbins - Biography
Renee Robbins has been working as a visual artist in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood since 2007. She received her BFA from the University of Kentucky and an MFA from Michigan State University. Recent solo exhibitions include Firecat Projects, the Union League Club, South Shore Arts, and Ann Tower Gallery. Her work has been presented in exhibitions at the Alden B Dow Museum of Science and Art, South Bend Art Museum, Alexandria Museum, and the Kresge Art Museum. The Chicago Gallery News featured her work as a 'Young Chicago Artist' to watch in the May 2013 issue. The forms in her paintings have been classified by a diatom taxonomist in an artist feature on the US Diatoms database at the University of Colorado. Currently, she has a solo exhibit, Aquatic Kaleidoscope, at Lubeznik Center for the Arts (Michigan City, IN) and has work in group exhibits at Angela Meleca Gallery (Columbus, OH) and Packer Schopf Gallery (Chicago).

Bruce Riley - Biography
Bruce Riley has been exhibiting his paintings since 1980. In 1992 Bruce moved to Chicago from Cincinnati. His work has been in numerous Chicago galleries and is currently represented by Packer Schopf Gallery. Miller Gallery represents his work in Cincinnati. Bruce's most recent solo Chicago show titled "Psychedelic" was at Packer Schopf Gallery in 2013. Also in 2013 - 2014 his work was included in groups shows at the UICA (Urban Institute of Contemporary Art) and the GRAM (Grand Rapids Museum of Art) both in Grand Rapids, MI. Bruce's awards include grants from; Pollock-Krasner Foundation, Inc., Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Inc., Arts Midwest/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship Award, Ohio Arts Council, Illinois Arts Council Finalist Award and The Contemporary Arts Center. Bruce currently lives on Chicago's south side.

Thank you to all who made this exhibition possible and sincere appreciation for the loan of artwork from Renee Robbins and Bruce Riley.


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