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  • Helene Renard
    Project: SMPL - How will it change your life?
    The inventor has been creating, concocting, and fabricating, and now it's time to take the lab on the road! The prototypes are ready for testing, modification, and redefinition!
    Helene will premiere her new line of personal space enhancers. They are the prototypes of the new SMPL line. The mission of the SMPL pieces is to simplify and comfort on the one hand and to open the user to possibilities on the other. These first devices feature felt and goggles as primary materials. They will be on Display for the week.
    The artist is ready to delve into further Research by observing people in their natural or unnatural environment to better understand the way they interact with their surroundings. Testing of the pieces and recording of observations and user feedback will lead to the further Development of the prototypes.
    Observations will be made with any combination of the following tools: camera, tape recorder, sketchbook, mobile mini print press, typewriter.

    Bio: Helene Renard uses narrative and collage as tools in her passionate pursuit of "spacemaking." Her creations range from monoprints to multimedia installations, and embody her interest in scale and the
    possibilities of making spaces to be inhabited.

    She has participated in the $99.99 Show at the Irvine Arts Center, Irivine (2001); Nooks and Crannies, ASU Art Museum, Phoenix (2001); Degree Show, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills (1999); Reproduction, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills (1998); Fragments Towards a City, Forum Gallery, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills (1997); and in the Tempe Library while serving as Artist-In-Residence at the Tempe Arts Center, Tempe (1995). She received her BArch from the Cooper Union for the advancement of Science and Art in New York in 1991, and her MArch from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills in 1999.


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