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Issue No. 17 - Enigma

Maurice Renoma "Modographe" at Bertrand DeLacroix Gallery

The multifaceted Maurice Renoma debuted his latest solo exhibition at the Bertrand DeLacroix Gallery "Modographe" last week to outstanding reception. The work of the photographer/stylist/artist was both playful and editorial, reminiscent of his initial photographic work in the 1980's, and shared its name with his first collection of photographs. Originally inspired by fashion, Renoma's current exhibition still draws from his expertise with the human form. However, instead of dressing the body with expertise, "Modographe" ("fashionagrapher" in his native Parisian tongue) augments the figure. Embracing image editing capabilities, Renoma has fused animals heads with businessmen and replaced the typical pin-up-girls' blushing faces with those of scruffy, unkempt males.

"I think for me it is the natural order to have humor in my work," Renoma told Musée. "Life can be tragic; life can have humor; it is natural."

The artist, left, greeted guests at the VIP opening

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Other pieces which showcased the artist's graphic ability were less successful at garnering a crowd in the opening, in particular his more graphic, ambiguous pieces that were higher-brow than - for instance - a bastardization of the Last Supper with David Bowie as the Messiah. Still though, the abstract pieces were very interesting upon further examination and, rightfully, placed in a separate room of the gallery so as to not interrupt the more euphoric ambiance of the others.

Renoma's absolute mastery of technical skill is craftily hidden by his humorous style and snap-shot aesthetic, making "Modographe" easily appreciated by photography experts and laypersons alike.

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Text and photographs by Justin McCallum.

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