Professor of Art Ronald Gonzales’s work is currently on view (until March 12) at the Lederer Gallery at SUNY Geneseo, and is also featured in the Lamron, Geneseo’s student newspaper. From the gallery’s website:
THE UPRIGHT OBJECT: The Assemblage Sculpture of Ronald Gonzalez
This exhibition THE UPRIGHT OBJECT: The Assemblage Sculpture of Ronald Gonzalez showcases a collection of his recent standing figures. His work is insistent in his use of the armature and assembled objects to covey stance, gait, vertically, and anthropomorphic combinations that take on grotesque personalities expressing a world of human desolation, irony, humor and pathos.
Standing upright the object rises up to become an individual human/object scenario of damage and psychic pain. Gonzalez’s work probes the dark edges of life through his daily imaginings and sense of formal invention with felt body images. His isolated and grouped figures find expression against a black overlay of dark undertones where objects exist in a homeless state marked by degradation and spiritual vulnerability.
The sculptures presented in this exhibition also provide a new way to understand assemblage, and objects constructed from found materials. Individual objects portray unique presences that seem to embody their own story, and together, an epic of invasion and other worldliness. The audience will surely formulate a narrative to accompany the entire exhibit as well as the individual sculptures.
Exhibitions are free and open to the public.