Based in Brooklyn and New Orleans, April Renae, specializes in environmental portraiture that is informed by her passions of street photography and music. She strives to anticipate moments so that her portraits capture a sense of spontaneity, while her work in live settings conveys relationships, rhythmic visual elements and intimacy.
Completion of a BFA at Pratt Institute in 2005, and seven years working professionally in the color darkroom, both traditional and digital, helped April develop a meticulous attention to details, color and composition. During that time period, she was creating custom large-scale exhibition prints as well as exhibiting her fine art work and performance pieces.
It was in 2010, when she immersed herself in the study of Turkish clarinet, that she developed her passion for street photography. Making pilgrimages to Istanbul over several years, April explored the city’s rich soundscape, and photographed the people and musicians to document the pressures of globalization on cultural traditions. One of the ultimate venues to hear Turkish clarinet was weddings, so she started photographing them throughout Turkey, and even performed at a few herself. Over time, April quickly became part of a global community of musicians interested in traditions of the Orient and Eastern Europe, and her experience with these complex, improvisation-heavy musics helped her ears to lead her eyes. Her approach relies on the informed intuition she developed for anticipating connections to her subjects and their environment.
Exhibitions and Performance
The Center for Fine Art Photography, Ft. Colins, CO “Animalia” June 3 – June 26th, 2010. Juror – Karen Irvine. Photography.
Marin Arts Gallery, San Rafael, CA April 24 – May 25th, 2010. Photography.
Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY “Ah(void).” November 1, 2008. Video, sound, and dance.
Calumet Gallery, NY, NY “Close Up.” September 18 – October 4, 2008. Curator – Nina Tivoli. Photography.
Kathleen McMahon Gallery, San Francisco, CA “Water is Gold.” August 4 – September 30, 2008. Photography.
Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, IN “Annual Art Show.” April 11 – July 25, 2008. Curators – Herbert Ascherman, Catherine Johnson-Roehr, and Pet Silvia. Photography.
DUMBO Arts Festival, Brooklyn, NY “refuse/refuse.” September 30 – October 1, 2007. Photography.
Altered Esethetics Gallery, Minneapolis, MN “The Art of Sacrifice.” September 6 – October 4, 2007. Photography.
440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY “Feminist Invitational.” May 17 – May 20, 2007. Curator – Nancy Lunsford. Photography.
WorkSpace Limited, San Francisco, CA “The Secret Technology Show.” April 26, 2007. Collaboration with Meg Schedel and Alison Rootberg. Video and dance.
Pochron Studios, Brooklyn, NY “Perceptions.” November 30, 2006. Collaboration with Meg Schedel and Alison Rootberg. Video and dance.
Photo Expo, Javits Center – NY, NY “Adobe Theater.” November 2 – November 4, 2006. Photography
Steuben Gallery, Pratt Institute – Brooklyn, NY “Empathic Response.” December 5 – December 10, 2005. Photography.
DUMBO Arts Festival – Brooklyn, NY “Paramnesia :Dawn of Confusion.” October 14 – October 16, 2005. Curator – Meredith Arena. Photography.
Hammerstein Ballroom – NY, NY “Pratt Show.” May 10 – May 12, 2005. Photography.
Wisconsin Union Theater – Madison, WI performed with Alison Rootberg. May 2005. Video and dance. University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati, OH, Music03, collaboration with Meg Schedel. June 2004. Video and sound.
Mockbee Gallery – Cincinnati, OH Margaret Schedel Performasites, collaboration with Meg Schedel. May 2004. Video and sound.
734 Gallery – Madison, WI, performed with Alison Rootberg. December 2003. Video and dance.
The Kitchen – NY, NY “Degrees of Seclusion” and “Entrapment” performed with Alison Rootberg. June 26, 2003. Video and dance.
SUNY Stony Brook, Long Island, NY, 2008
The Kitchen: 5th Annual Sidney Kahn Summer Institute, NY, NY, 2003
Teaching Assistant – Pratt Institute Contemporary Issues in Photography.
“Perceptions” November 30, 2006, Pochron Studios. Co-curated with Galina Kurlat.
BFA Pratt Institute – BS Syracuse University