Jonathan LeVine Projects is pleased to present its second solo show with Ronald Gonzalez, The Mortifacts of Memory. The exhibition features over two dozen figurative sculptures from his ongoing Mortifacts series and runs online from October 13 through November 14.
From the Golem myth of the 16th Century to Frankenstein, the darkest fantasies of industrialism and the machine age, through 2001’s Hal and a litany of dystopian science fiction, culture has long charted an uneasy relationship to the humanness of the manmade. Ronald Gonzalez’s welded metal figurations—created from found objects, leather, wire, wax, carbon and screws, over steel armatures—are descendants of this dread and fantastical realm. From the scrapheap accumulations of a society that seemingly discards far more than it uses Gonzalez’s sculptures are born from the wreckage of our perpetual consumption and spirited to life by hand, imagination and vision.
Child of the post-war factory system, Gonzalez is an explorer of the margins and voice of the marginalized whose art represents the very best of our ingenuity and the gradual dissolution of the American Dream. With pathos and nobility, Ronald Gonzalez’s anthropomorphisms remind us that the found object was never intended as an aesthetic destination so much as a stop along the way in the search for meaning.
– Carlo McCormick
Excerpt from “The Head Factory of Ronald Gonzalez”, 2018
Ronald Gonzalez (b. 1952) lives and works in Binghamton, New York where he is a professor of Art and Sculpture at Binghamton University. His works have been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington, D.C.), De Cordova Museum & Sculpture Park (Lincoln, MA), Savanna College of Art & Design (Savannah, GA), Muse De Arte Modern (Buenos Aires) and many other institutions and galleries across the United States. Public Collections include John Michael Kohler Art Center (Sheboygan, WI), Wadsworth Athenaeum (Hartford, CT), Laumeier Sculpture Park (St. Louis, MO), Museum of Contemporary and Hispanic Art (New York, NY), Neuberger Museum of Art (Purchase, NY), and the Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum (Miami, FL) to name but a few.
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