360 Speaker Series: Matthew Ronay
December 8, 2018
Melding vocabularies of modernist abstraction and ritualistic objects, Matthew Ronay's sculptures and enigmatic installations express the primacy of the handmade object.
Open to the public. Free with admission. Free for Members. Free for Students with ID. Complimentary wine reception with RSVP.
Ronay’s presentation will chart the realization that nature is fundamental to his work, describing how the artist envisions his inspirations as a zig-zagging thread of artists and scientists from the 18th century to the present whose works reflect natural phenomena consciously or unconsciously. Ronay also proposes the possibility that inherited memories of the genesis and evolution of life recapitulate themselves in abstract works of sculpture and painting.
Matthew Ronay Biography
Matthew Ronay (B. 1976, Louisville, Kentucky) lives and works in New York. Ronay studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art before earning his Masters in Fine Arts from Yale University in 2000. In 2016 his work was the subject of solo-presentations at the Blaffer Art Museum, Houston, Texas and the Pérez Art Museum, Miami, Florida, with a fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue published on the occasion. The artist has exhibited extensively at major institutions worldwide including: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansaw (2018); Kunsthalle Lingen, Germany (2014); University of Louisville, Kentucky (2013); Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville (2013); Sculpture Center, New York (2012); Artspace, San Antonio (2010); Astrup Fearnley Museum for Modern Art, Oslo (2008); ARoS Kunstmuseum, Arhus, Denmark 92008); Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London (2006); Serpentine Gallery, London (2005) and Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Ananndale-on-Huson, New York (2005). Ronay participated in the 2013 Lyon Biennale, curated by Gunnar Kvaran, and the 2004 Whitney Biennale.
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