October 22- November 9, 2019
Reception: November 7, 6:30-8pm
Chelsea: Viridian Artists Inc. is pleased to present an exhibition of figurative sculpture in metal by Ron Moore, entitled “JOY”. The show opens October 22nd and continues through November 9th, 2019. You are invited to meet the artist and celebrate this exhibit on Thursday, November 7th, 6-8PM.
Ron Moore approaches life and art making philosophically and with joy, hence the title of his first solo exhibition at Viridian Artists. Thoreau said "The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, and go to the grave with the song still in them." Fortunately we have art to help us for we are living in times of quiet and not so quiet desperation; a time when joy is greatly needed.
Moore began making art when he was a shy and lonely 14 year old, creating wooden figures without guidance or intervention. Early on he switched to steel and bronze, wanting to create art for out-of-doors and so taught himself how to weld. Moving the molten metal gave him a feeling of empowerment and control. He has continued in these media since that time, creating works of raw simplicity with flawed surfaces, filled with unclear meanings that are open to interpretation by the viewer.
The artist believes his work must speak for itself and prefers that its meanings remain blurred and ambiguous. He feels that what people see and feel when they look at his art, is beyond his control. Painted, galvanized and rusted, these metal figures are meant to speak of joy, and to hold the reminder that life must be lived to its fullest.
Perhaps with a smile, the artist says: “These sculptures* are here to welcome, and encourage you to have fun! Since they have not been pushed to hard, to attain perfection ~ their forms are unrefined, unrestrained, and uncomplicated! In fact, their “spirits" seek to avoid the exactitude, that often leads to exasperation. As a result, they live within the unconscious "Joy", of simply being themselves! Their "spirits", and perhaps their own sense of theater, spring from every aspect of life ~ most especially from the wild yearnings, and the lonely hardships, that we all experience. The movable sculptures are also quite elemental. They are here to be played with, and to simply let the feelings that gallop within us; "run free". Because they are uncomplicated, and they simply "do nothing", they should never become obsolete. I hope that you enjoy yourself here ~ Thank you for visiting!! With Joy, and Smiles”
We look forward to sharing with you, Ron Moore’s inspired sculptural configurations & investigations.
Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12-6PM
For further information please contact Vernita Nemec, Gallery Director at 212 414 4040 or email@example.com