The far-ranging styles of Christopher Reno’s paintings and drawings reflect the equally varied mediums that the artist employs. On view in Piecing It Together are works on found objects (a discarded plank of wood and thrift store frame), vellum, and handmade paper.
Detailed mark making also characterize Reno’s works – expanses of vibrant colors are, upon closer inspection, revealed to be intricately composed layers of lines and geometric forms. Reno employs repetition to create densely patterned abstract works that reflect the precision of stitches and pixels.
Reno takes as both inspiration and central subject matter his family’s collection of quilts, afghans, and embroidered fabrics. Following in the tradition of textile artists such as Sonia Delaunay, Varva Stepanova, and Anni Albers, Reno brings to the forefront of his practice an art form that is often categorized as craft. This inclusion of objects and traditions intimately associated with the home gives evidence to Reno’s strong desire to incorporate the domestic sphere into his formal abstract painting practice.