"These works are simultaneously beings and things. 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 a source of sorrow and gesture of accumulation expressing a sorted tone of angst. They are solitary and decaying personas still existing in this world set in their final place as imaginary beings of nostalgia, deformation and mortality."
OBJECT - EYE
Exhibit A is pleased to announce 'Object-Eye,' a solo exhibition by Ronald Gonzalez. In this selected body of work, taught leather skins and physiognomic objects transform into unsettling portraits with provocative identities that provoke feelings of empathy, surprise, and distress. The object eyes are face to face confrontational and demand engagement. There is a shared immediacy to their embodied projections, highlighting dramatic encounters with variations of personality and psychology. The featured sensory objects create a dark discourse and space of meaning while serving as points of communication and exchange. Ensnared, the viewer completes the secret act of seeing beyond reality into the spectral and uncanny places between animate and inanimate, vision and presence.
Ronald Gonzalez's distinctive sculptures meld objects with human forms, creating works that focus on themes of mortality, memory, and psychic pain. His works probe both traditional assemblage and formal invention in bricolage fashion, remaking dated leftovers at hand in a material process of dissolution and renewal. Always working in serial form, Gonzalez obsessively explores permutations of material, scale, color, and texture while investigating narrative content and autobiographical muses. His sculptural forms cut across styles, boundaries, influences, and artificial categories, mutating and flowing into reasoning emotional imagery. His restless investigation of animating the spatial possibilities of raw materials has produced an art of dissolution with archaic, apocalyptic, and quasi-alien elements that convey an evocative expression of the human condition.
View OBJECT - EYE, an online exhibition
Ronald Gonzalez in Binghamton Research magazine, Winter 2014.