Matthew Ronay Selected Works: 2007-2010

MATTHEW RONAY, Quickening Cloak, 2009, Cotton, nylon waxed chord, cotton waxed chord, paint, plastic, walnut, 94 x 108 x 8″. Photographed by Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy of Marc Foxx Gallery.

Opening Reception and Activation: March 7, 5:00-6:30 p.m. | Schneider Hall Galleries

Nora Iasigi Bullitt Memorial Lecture:  “Content Patterns” | 7:00p.m. | Room 205, Bingham Humanities Building

The University of Louisville Hite Art Institute is pleased to announce the opening of Matthew Ronay: Selected Works 2007-2010.  This exhibition features sculptural works that exemplify the artist’s concern with ceremony, ritual, and the mysteries inherent to the cycle of life.  The exhibition will open Thursday, March 7th with a reception and performance works, or activations, by the artist from 5:00-6:30p.m.  Ronay will present the Nora Iasigi Bullitt Memorial Lecture entitled “Content Patterns” immediately following the opening reception in Room 205 of the Bingham Humanities Building.

A native of Louisville and graduate of Manual High School, Matthew Ronay earned his M.F.A. from Yale University in 2000 and has since created a name for himself while hailing out of Brooklyn, New York.  In 2006 Ronay renounced his previous aesthetic of brightly colored tableau sculptures, which referenced, pop culture and consumerist fascination. His works included in this exhibition, created between 2007 and 2010, instead evoke a dark and quiet sense of wonderment rooted in nature.  Ritual and energy transference become important themes in this work as do systems of replenishment and shedding of waste.  Ronay’s handcrafted aesthetic indicates a dismissal of all things mass produced while still retaining timeless references.  Made of mostly organic materials such as wood, cotton, and leather, Ronay’s sculptures seem to pose a test to viewers by simultaneously inviting a closer look and threatening contagious peculiarity.

Matthew Ronay has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad. He is represented by Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York and Marc Foxx Gallery in Los Angeles. Additional works by Ronay are on view at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft through May 5th.

The exhibition will run through Sunday, March 31st, 2013.

Gallery Hours:

Schneider Hall Galleries:

Mon.Fri., 9:00am – 4:30 pm; Sat.  10:00am- 2:00 pm & Sun., 1:00-5:00 pm

All Hite Art Institute events are free and open to the public.

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