Thursday, September 7, 2017
The Foreman Gallery in Hartwick College’s Anderson Center for the Arts launches an exhibit today by Visiting Artist Ronald Gonzalez. The sculptor presents “Figures,” which will open at 4:30 p.m. with a reception and gallery talk. The exhibition runs through October 20.
A contemporary figurative artist based in Johnson City, NY since the mid-70s, Gonzalez has worked from his garage studio creating sculptures and installations “that are embodiments of death and loss infused with grotesque narrative, and pathos,” according to his website.
“These works are simultaneously beings and things,” said Gonzalez of “Figures” via his website. “The objects that I use have been ravaged by possession and memory. Like us, they have endured, with all their marks of desolation. My work speaks to their pathos as part of what is common to all things. These inanimate bodies … are solitary and decaying personas still existing in this work set in their final place as imaginary beings of nostalgia, deformation, and morality.”
“He works primarily in a series with steel armatures and macabre collections of time worn objects, and detritus from his surroundings,” his website continues. “The work is then further eroded with metal filings, burned wax, glue, wire, and black soot creating a dramatic tonal range that both obscures and reveals anthropomorphic heads, torsos, and figures that appear as charred fetishistic mementos possessing a visceral quality imbued with a sense of primal energy and distress that permeates his work. His obsessive production of angst-ridden sculptures explore the emotive, social, and psychological associations of decaying, found objects that function as autobiographical metaphors charged with potent and recurring symbols with childhood and nostalgic references.”
“Ronald Gonzalez’s series of eerily dark, ominous figural sculptures soldier into our space to awaken our sense of self; present and past,” said Foreman Gallery Exhibit Coordinator and Curator of Visual Resources Nancy Golden. “The materials used to create each persona extract a memory, or question an understanding of an object we may assumed as having a specific purpose. Gonzalez’s work focuses on the connection between the human condition, possessions, and the life and mortality of all things. Objects that have lost their original purpose are repurposed to exist in a contemporary world as an expression of time. Gonzalez’s beings reflect ‘the commonality of all things, the human condition and the environment that shapes it.’”
Gonzalez’s work has been the subject of numerous solo and group exhibitions. His work has been shown at the Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano, Lima, Peru; Gallery 24, Berlin, Germany; the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA), Buenos Aires, Argentina; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D C.; Snite Museum of Art, Notre Dame, IN; Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta, GA; Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York City; DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln, MA; Rhode Island School Of Design, Providence, RI; the Allan Stone Projects (gallery), New York City; Laumeier Sculpture Park, St. Louis, MI; Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, SC; The Hudson D. Walker Gallery of Art, Provincetown, MA; and Cavin-Morris Gallery, New York City.
Gonzalez received his BA in 1982 from Binghamton University, where he is currently a professor of art/sculpture.
Exhibitions at the Foreman Gallery are open throughout the 2017-2018 Hartwick College academic year. The Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday, noon to 7 p.m., other times by appointment.
For more information on Gonzalez, visit his website.
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