“My Hometown” – Paintings of Rod Penner
October 22, 2011 § Leave a comment
“Now Main Street’s white-washed windows and vacant stores
Seems like there ain’t nobody wants to come down here no more
They’re closing down the textile mill across the railroad tracks
Foreman says ‘those jobs are going boys, and they ain’t coming back.’ “
– Bruce Springsteen, My Hometown
Springsteen’s song could be about almost any town in post-industrial-era America. One contemporary artist, Rod Penner, frankly confronts the banality of the changing suburban landscapes of America, making remarkable, often tiny, detailed paintings out of acrylic paint and his unprejudiced attention to what’s given.