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Matthew Ronay at the Blaffer Art Museum
June 3, 2016 @ 7:00 PM - October 1, 2016 @ 5:00 PM
New York-based artist Matthew Ronay’s first major museum presentation in the United States surveys a recent body of meticulously hand-crafted and vibrantly colored sculptures, reliefs and installations that deliver a phantasmagoric vision of physical and psychic processes fueled by visual traditions and conventions in art, science, and popular culture.
The exhibition opens with a reception from 7-9 p.m. on Friday, June 3 and continues through Oct. 1 at Blaffer Art Museum.
Made primarily with basswood, dye, and gouache but often incorporating such materials as steel, plastic and cotton thread, Ronay’s sculptures, reliefs and installations formally draw on surrealism, psychedelia, and science fiction. Inspired by a deep appreciation for botany, biology, physics, and psychoanalysis—fields that explore parts of the physical and mental world that are often hidden from direct perception but shape our experiences in ways both subtle and profound—Ronay seeks to give form to the invisible powers that affect our existence. Their vivid palettes combine hues from across the spectrum that seem to vibrate and hum—an achievement all the more remarkable in light of Ronay’s deuteranomaly, a form of colorblindness caused by a shift in the green retinal receptors.