MARC STRAUS

Gallery

Renée Stout

October 21 - November 13, 2021

Opening Reception
Thu October 21 2021, 4pm - 8pm

MARC STRAUS is proud to present a reimagined and expanded version of our first solo exhibition with Washington D.C. based artist Renée Stout (b. 1958).

New paintings, sculptures, and drawings will be displayed among a handful of works made over the past decade for context.

Stout’s inspirations are deeply rooted in her research of Hoodoo, Vodou, Santeria, and other African-based belief systems that have manifested and spread throughout the African Diaspora over centuries and continue today. Her focus is primarily on the American Southeast and Caribbean, where those belief systems have had some influences from Catholicism and Native American spiritual traditions. She has been drawn to science fiction and all forms of music since her youth.

Stout sometimes references an alter-ego, Fatima Mayfield, who is a major character motif throughout her oeuvre. Fatima Mayfield, is a root worker, who provides alternative health care to those in her community who would not otherwise have access to these services. This narrative, deeply ingrained in modern America, explores longtime issues of underserved communities, issues that have been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Her paintings have a phantasmagoric quality with illusive narratives: often with writing and numerology. Many of the sculptures are small and appear to be antique commercial objects, but in reality, they are carefully composed fictions. Her sculptures are assemblages of scavenged objects, many hand-constructed or resurfaced, to be a believable facsimile of original, pre-existing devices. She assigns these ‘machines’ specific supernatural abilities that transcend our human existence in the world. They are physical metaphors for universal hopes.

Stout crosses dimensional planes to illustrate and celebrate the paths humans take to from difficult histories to our current, often chaotic, and conflicted times. Throughout Stout’s work, there is an undercurrent of contemporary political commentary; it may subtly touch upon more recent issues, such as climate change and immigration policy.

In 2020, Stout was awarded The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation Award, and a Virginia A. Groot Foundation Award, and in 2018, the Women’s Caucus for Art, Lifetime Achievement award.

Stout was born in Junction City, Kansas, and grew up in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Her work is in the permanent collections of The National Gallery of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, The High Museum in Atlanta, The Hirshhorn, The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Louis Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and many more.

 

 

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Installation View
Renée Stout  2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Renee Stout Part II 2021 Viewing Room on the Second Floor
Renée Stout  2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Renee Stout Part II 2021 Viewing Room on the Second Floor
Renée Stout  2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Renee Stout Part II 2021 Viewing Room on the Second Floor
Renée Stout  2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Renee Stout Part II 2021 Viewing Room on the Second Floor
Works In Exhibition
Renée Stout Come Back Gil (Scott-Heron), 2021
Acrylic and mixed media on paper
Framed: 18 x 17.75 in (45.72 x 45.085 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Come Back Gil

Come Back Gil (Scott-Heron), 2021
Acrylic and mixed media on paper
Framed: 18 x 17.75 in (45.72 x 45.085 cm)

Renée Stout The Forecast, 2021
Acrylic and collage on handmade paper
Framed: 18.5 x 16.5 in (46.99 x 41.91 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
The Forecast

The Forecast, 2021
Acrylic and collage on handmade paper
Framed: 18.5 x 16.5 in (46.99 x 41.91 cm)

Renée Stout Unfamiliar Landscape (After the Fall), 2021
Acrylic on paper
Framed: 10 x 7 x 1.75 in (25.4 x 17.78 x 4.445 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Unfamiliar Landscape (After the Fall)

Unfamiliar Landscape (After the Fall), 2021
Acrylic on paper
Framed: 10 x 7 x 1.75 in (25.4 x 17.78 x 4.445 cm)

Renée Stout Sketchbook, with Longing (Come Back Gil Scott-Heron), 2021
Acrylic on wood panel
36 x 40 in (91.44 x 101.6 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Sketchbook, with Longing (Come Back Gil Scott-Heron)

Sketchbook, with Longing (Come Back Gil Scott-Heron), 2021
Acrylic on wood panel
36 x 40 in (91.44 x 101.6 cm)

Renée Stout 2020
Acrylic on paper
7.5 x 7.5 in (19.1 x 19.1 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Vigil for the Children in Cages (Before the Fall)

2020
Acrylic on paper
7.5 x 7.5 in (19.1 x 19.1 cm)

Renée Stout 2014
A construction featuring a found radio body, found technological parts, wood, paint, soil, graphite and mixed media
19 x 12.8 x 7 in (48.3 x 32.5 x 17.8 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Spirit Detector

2014
A construction featuring a found radio body, found technological parts, wood, paint, soil, graphite and mixed media
19 x 12.8 x 7 in (48.3 x 32.5 x 17.8 cm)

Renée Stout 2018
Acrylic paint, gesso and oil pastel on paper
20 x 22 in (50.8 x 55.9 cm) (framed) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Schematic 1

2018
Acrylic paint, gesso and oil pastel on paper
20 x 22 in (50.8 x 55.9 cm) (framed)

Renée Stout 2014
Acrylic on paper, collage
21 x 18 in (53.3 x 45.7 cm) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Wall, with List

2014
Acrylic on paper, collage
21 x 18 in (53.3 x 45.7 cm)

Renée Stout 2019
Acrylic and mixed media on handmade paper
19.3 x 22 in (49 x 55.9 cm) (Framed) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
The Way We Heal

2019
Acrylic and mixed media on handmade paper
19.3 x 22 in (49 x 55.9 cm) (Framed)

Renée Stout 2018
Mixed media assemblage with bottle containing organic materials.
8 3/4 x 8 3/4 x 5 in. 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Elixir Eleven

2018
Mixed media assemblage with bottle containing organic materials.
8 3/4 x 8 3/4 x 5 in.

Renée Stout 2019
Acrylic paint and mixed media on handmade paper 
20 x 19 in (50.8 x 48.3 cm) (Framed) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
The Alchemy of Healing

2019
Acrylic paint and mixed media on handmade paper
20 x 19 in (50.8 x 48.3 cm) (Framed)

Renée Stout 2020
Wood, mixed media and found objects.
3 1/2 x 4 x 1 in. 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Device for Stopping the Evil Eye

2020
Wood, mixed media and found objects.
3 1/2 x 4 x 1 in.

Renée Stout 2018
Acrylic and mixed media on panel.
24 x 24 in. 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Bellona Goddess of War

2018
Acrylic and mixed media on panel.
24 x 24 in.

Renée Stout 2021
Acrylic on wood
9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm.) 2021 Marc Straus Gallery
Come Back Gil (Scott-Heron) #3

2021
Acrylic on wood
9 x 12 in. (22.9 x 30.5 cm.)

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