Sculptor's innovative exhibition, MFA work open

Broom -- a sculpture by Ronald GonzalezTyler Art Gallery features work by Binghamton artist Ronald Gonzalez in the exhibition “Reuniting the Head with the Body.”

A professor of sculpture at SUNY Binghamton, Gonzalez is known as a prolific and inventive artist. Over the last 30 years, he has produced thousands of figures—from the very tiny, singular and multiple works to self-portraits, assemblages, drawings and site-specific large-scale figurative installations and environments. 

Gonzalez’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and has been the focus of many solo and group exhibitions, articles and reviews. His art is represented in numerous private and public collections including the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford; the Everson Museum in Syracuse; the Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University; Florida International Museum of Art in Miami; Neuberger Museum of Art at SUNY Purchase; the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute in Utica; and the Henry Ford Collection in Grosse Pointe, Mich.

He also has received fellowships and grants from the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

To create his figures, Gonzalez has combined materials such as wood, wire and wax with components of found animal parts.

“Skeletal armatures, fragments of wire and bits of debris communicate obscure gestures and mouth silent words,” Matthew Friday of SUNY Oswego’s art department wrote in the exhibition brochure. “These figures encompass a perverse form of symbolic transposition; in a series of seemingly infinite repetitions, the line between inanimate and animate, between the living and the dead, is made porous and arbitrary.”

“Reuniting the Head with the Body” will run through Nov. 13.

It opens concurrently with the Master of Arts Thesis Exhibition, presenting the top work of graduate art students. This exhibition showcasing a variety of student media will run through Nov. 6.

Tyler Art Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. weekends. Gallery events are free and open to the public.

Visitors with disabilities needing assistance to attend gallery events may call the gallery office in advance at 312-2113.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Sculpted forms—“Reuniting the Head with the Body,” an exhibition of work by Binghamton artist Ronald Gonzalez, can be seen in SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery. Shown is “Broom,” a sculpture of animal fur, wax and wire over welded steel.

CONTACT: Mindy Ostrow, 312-2113

(Posted: Oct 07, 2005)