“It Happens” is Jim Rennert’s solo show opening on June 9 at McLarry Modern that features large and small sculptures focusing on Rennert’s past experiences in the competitive business world.
“Business people have their own ways of wrestling with each other, fighting to make the deal and fighting to get paid,” says Rennert, who worked as a stockbroker and investment banker in Dallas in the late 1980s and now sculpts full time at his home in Utah. “Business is always a tug of war.”
Rennert’s bronze sculptures show men in suits wrestling, a businessman running in a wheel like a caged rodent and an entrepreneur jumping off a secure ladder into the unknown. There’s a limited amount of detail in the work, quite purposely.
“Simplifying the work is less distracting and makes it more about the idea,” Rennert explains. “It allows the viewer to interject himself into the piece. That interaction strengthens the piece for me.”
Rennert came to sculpture while he was working in Dallas. Remembering how he used to love to draw before he got involved in business, he went to an art supply store to buy some paper. A clump of clay sitting next to some drawing paper seemed to beckon. He bought it.
“I thought I’d do a bust of my young son,” he recalls. “I was surprised at how comfortable I felt working with the clay.”
Rennert started sculpting in 1990 and was exhibiting in galleries by 1993. His work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Utah’s Governor’s Mansion. His monumental sculpture THINK BIG was displayed in New York City’s Union Square Park for five months in 2014.