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Lauren Clark fine art presents “House of Belonging”, new work by South Egremont painter, Ron Ronan. The show opens Thursday, July 3, and runs through July 18. There will be a reception for the artist, Saturday, July 10 from 5-7pm.I am an abstract painter.

My initial inquiry for myself for this series was, ‘What would happen if I integrated a simple yet clearly recognizable shape into an abstract context?’ I chose a simple shape that resembled a house or barn-like building. The original idea was to keep these structures very basic, clean, and indistinct. I was able to keep the first few pieces within the realm of abstraction, but before long I became more and more attached to and drawn into the structures as they began to dominate the conversation of my process. They became gateways into the surrounding environment of the colors, textures, and the movement behind them. They began to inform the character of the paintings, deliberately dictating a simple, solemn, and stark sensibility while at the same time stimulating a palpable sense of mystery and ambiguity when juxtaposed with the louder, more colorful voices of the dynamic textures and movement behind them.

Essentially all these paintings are, for me, abstract paintings. Part of my process is to slowly build a relationship with each piece, as I build up the colors and shapes. I perform an action and then watch what happens as the paint moves, dries, and drips, which informs my next move. There is a minimal amount of conscious thought involved.

My primary materials include: Veneer plaster, oil, acrylic, and gouache paints, raw pigments and, sometimes regular house paint. I usually prepare a pre-stretched cotton canvas by floating the fresco plaster over top, and layering it multiple times. This creates the desired texture and movement that I want to work on top of. I mix my paints and colors with smaller amounts of plaster and begin.

For maximum spaciousness the reception will take place inside the gallery and outside the gallery under a tent. Please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated.

Reception for the artist, Saturday, July 10, 5-7pm. For more information please call the gallery at 413.528.0432.


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