In conjunction with his exhibition at the Davis Gallery at Houghton House, sculptor Ronald Gonzalez discussed his work and career in a lecture titled, “Storehouse,” on Thursday, Nov. 19 in Houghton House, Room 112.
Running from Friday, Nov. 20 to Friday, Dec. 18, Gonzalez’s exhibition, “Mind Things,” explores the disturbing overtones of the found object as metaphysical grounding for our human condition and showcases the sculptor’s “‘Back to the Future’ sensibility,” says Professor of Art and Architecture Ted Aub, who curated the show and also hosted Gonzalez as a guest in his classes.
“It is equally reminiscent of tribal art from ancient civilizations and alienistic post-apocalyptic figuration from some future time and place,” Aub explains. “His clever use of found objects and assemblage methods is as witty as it is ‘dark.’ It certainly triggers the imagination, and it is a great pleasure to host this exhibition in our gallery at Houghton.”
Gonzalez, who was born in 1952 in Johnson City, N.Y., where he currently resides, is a professor of sculpture at Binghamton University. Called extraordinarily prolific and inventive, Gonzalez has produced thousands of figures that range in size from tiny, singular and multiple works to self- portraits, life-size outdoor sculptural installations that feature groups of human-like figures often made from organic materials and found objects. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally in numerous private and public, solo and group exhibitions.
During the lecture, which was supported by the Davis Gallery and the Department of Art and Architecture, Gonzalez presented a series of images and discussed the influential sources and psychology of his work.
The opening reception for “Mind Things” will be held at Houghton House on Friday, Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m.
A gift of Clarence A. (Dave) Davis Jr. ’48, the Davis Gallery at Houghton House is the exhibition space of the Department of Art and Architecture of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The gallery has six shows each year beginning with a faculty exhibition and ending the year with a student exhibition. In between, a variety of artists and architects are invited to show their work, to immerse the Colleges’ community in visual culture and showcase the role of art and architecture in shaping, embodying and interpreting cultures.