Artist Spotlight: Jon Rendell
“Participating was a no-brainer,” artist Jon Rendell declared, clarifying his original decision to donate work to Art for AIDS. “As a member of the LGBTQ (and arts) community,” AHP was a natural focus of attention for artists seeking to make a difference. Ten years later, Rendell adds that working with AHP has been “an absolute pleasure!”
Rendell hid neither his gayness nor his artiness when he was young, appropriating the family’s garage to make pottery and its kitchen to use as a darkroom. But it was through teaching that he began to embrace photography as his main interest. (Rendell earned a three-year diploma in art and design with a minor in photography, but his BA was in education.) Since then, Rendell has developed a fascination with street photography, striving to capture “something that people might pass everyday but perhaps never really see.”
His most ambitious projects have been two 365-day photographic blogs. The first, called 25′ RADIUS, is an exploration of undiscovered facets in Rendell’s apartment using only natural light. The second, Is This Frisco? San Francisco Obscura, examines the unnoticed elements of the city. From these projects Rendell has learned to reflect more deeply on his work, considering why he is drawn to a subject, what it means to him, and what he hopes to portray.
Well established in the Bay Area art community and internationally known, Rendell has been featured in such publications as Scene 4 Magazine, Avec Pleasure, The Examiner, and The Huffington Post. His works have been displayed in exhibitions at Stanford Art Spaces, Photo Gallery Oakland, and Sofitel Melbourne On Collins.
Table for Three, Day 187 of Is This Frisco? is Rendell’s 2016 Art for AIDS donation. The metallic print depicts three chairs around a patio table, doing what we have come to expect from Rendell, emphasizing their shadows. “I love the play of shadows,” Rendell explains, noting that their images can eclipse the actual objects that cause them. It’s such compelling art created by such compelled artists that make Art for AIDS such an important event and AHP so thankful for the loyalty and insight of people like Jon Rendell.