CLARE TORINA: POCKETS REX
Clough-Hanson Gallery (Rhodes College) / 2000 N Parkway September 3, 2022 - October 14, 2022
POCKETS REX is a collection of new works by Clare Torina presented in the gallery’s windows and gaps. Each painting, object and curtain was made and/or placed by the artist to relinquish wall space so that the challenging design of the gallery may be embraced and attended to. Over the windows, arrangements with raw canvas. At floor level, miniature paintings. A monumental structure — an arch in repose — rests in the center.
Taking varied approaches to painting and sculpture, imagery is drawn from Torina’s personal set of fascinations — objects of worship, animal behavior, superstition, physical comedy and exhibition history. The pictorial and performative meeting of these interests is at the core of POCKETS REX.
Clare Torina is an multi-disciplinary artist living and working in New York. She received her BFA from the University of Memphis in 2009 and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. She has been a resident at the Skowhegan School School of Painting and Sculpture and an education fellow at the Wassaic Project. In addition to her own practice, Clare is the co-runner of Flyweight, a 1:12 scale mobile exhibition space for solo projects.