Thursday, September 8th - Saturday, October 8th, 2016
Artist statement for XRAYS installation:
Luck, chance, and reason guide my work. The results are images that aid in my understanding of complexities I do not fully grasp.
I am searching for the order in chaos and the chaos in order. Nature’s symmetry of order, juxtaposed with the opposing force of industrial objects reconciles my concerns and delineate the fine line separating one from the other. These two formats not only make sense to me, but help to inform my daily life. It is this synergy, which creates the visual, emotional, and conceptual content that illustrates the delicate balance between natural and industrial environments.
Traveling and collecting in remote equatorial locations is the inspiration and source of my work. The infrastructures of these extraordinary rainforest habitats replete with complex repetitive patterns, offer an abundance of objects, used to inspire and construct my sculpture. These organic materials are then combined with objects from our own urban jungle, where the motivating force is to depict how both exist simultaneously in a world of chaos and order.
The specificity of these objects is a result of where I am at the moment I see something of interest. Like a diary, it traces and reflects my intersections of life by way of three dimensional images. These things are part of my life in some way or another. Each has it’s own character, whether new or old. Many stick out as memories of adventures to the equatorials regions I travel to find materials, while others are intrinsically linked to my life in Philadelphia. Certain objects are so important that they are eternal. Like DNA, they cannot be extinguished. They can be very personal objects from our lives containing embedded information – or simply common icons.
Ron Klein began exhibiting publicly in 1984. His work has been seen, since then, most extensively in the Philadelphia area. In 1987, his work was included in a group exhibition at the non-for-profit exhibition space, White Columns, in New York. He had a solo exhibition at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts, in Wilmington, titled Inside Out and was accompanied by a brochure with an essay by the curator of the exhibition, J. Susan Isaacs. Among the honors his work has been accorded are five grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and four sculpture fellowships awarded by The Pollock- Krasner Foundation.
Most recently, in August of 2014, Klein’s work Suspended in TIme was installed in the Philadelphia International Airport. In 2015, he was commissioned by the architectural firm of Hirsch Bender Associates to create a large work, Power of the Small, for the Marriot International Hotel in Sayna, China.
Image:x-is-x15, 2012, appropriated objects, 38 x 24 x3 in