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Andrea Rosen Gallery: Matthew Ronay - 1 Feb 2008 to 8 Mar 2008

Current Exhibition

1 Feb 2008 to 8 Mar 2008

Andrea Rosen Gallery
525 West 24 Street
NY 10011
New York, NY
New York
North America
p: 212 627 6000
f: 212 627 5450

Matthew Ronay, Installation View Andrea Rosen Gallery, NY
和atthew Ronay
Photo by Jeremy Lawson
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Artists in this exhibition: Matthew Ronay

We have so much, too much that we can buy, yet the basic labor of doing, the making with our own hands is what enlivens us, makes us feel human. . . . I will not let my fingers be reduced to button pushing and switch flicking. There are no tools in my baking kit more useful than my hands, and as long as I can use them to shape bread I will. -Dan Lepard

Andrea Rosen Gallery is delighted to announce Matthew Ronay's second solo exhibition at the gallery. Ronay explores the infinite difference embodied by an array of materials and sculptural methods. Ronay's work is the product of an osmotic process accessing the ether of cultural production. Like much great work, Ronay's sculpture is formed by neither reconfiguration nor negation and is able to manifest itself as mysterious and new.

Ronay's works express the primacy of the handmade object. The artist reminds us that objects are not merely goods to be consumed or representations of a material culture of mass production, but rather, are sites of projection: acting as totems embodying and reflecting desire and our own capacity to imagine. Instead of seeing myths as an earnest, scientific effort to make the world knowable, Ronay's work explores myth and ritual to render the world less fathomable and more magical.

In a moment of particularly heightened talk of plans and solutions, of issues that can be enumerated and resolved, Ronay's work invites the viewer to embrace complexity and the challenge of everything not being figured out. In an atmosphere rife with promises to salve fear and anxiety, the artist takes a seemingly defiant stand against a rhetoric of certainty and conviction that is at worst dishonest and at best delusional. Instead of shrouding a narrative in a puzzle of signs to be decoded and understood, the sculptures in this exhibition probe the generative space between object and viewer. It is within this space that Ronay seeks not to transmit meaning held trapped in the work, but rather, to generate an experience simultaneously unstructured and exhilarating in its openness.

Ronay's work should be seen as an experiment to engender change. It is perhaps through embracing the unconscious that it can be transformed and transgressed.

Matthew Ronay was born in 1976 in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1998 and earned an MFA from Yale University in 2000. He currently lives and works in New York. In 2006 Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art, London, hosted a major one-man presentation of the artist's work, "Goin' Down, Down, Down." Ronay has recently been included in several notable group exhibitions, including "Phantasmania," at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, and the traveling exhibition "Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millennium" which originated at the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, Norway.

Matthew Ronay and Nathan Carter make up the sporadically performing band 'The Final Run iNs'. They last appeared at the Vizcaya Gardens in Miami, FL for the 'The Ball of Artists' in conjunction with Art Basel Miami Beach. Other recent shows include DIRTY BURT'S BUBBLE SPA AND BLUE BAZAAR performed in Los Angeles, CA, at the Mandrake, and HONG KONG RESTAURANT all ages show in New York, NY, at Taxter and Spengemann. Their next show will be as Esther Schipper Galerie, Berlin in 2008.

Born 1976, Louisville, Kentucky
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


MFA Yale University

BFA Maryland Institute College of Art


Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, February 1 - March 8.

Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, Denmark, "Distractions from War," October 14 - November 11.
MARC FOXX, West Gallery - Project Room, Los Angeles, CA.
Parasol Unit, London, United Kingdom, "Goin' Down, Down, Down," September 13 - November 8. (catalogue)
Vacio 9, Madrid, Spain, "Oh My God What Are We Gonna Do?!" February 2 - March 15.

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, "It's An Uprising!" February 25 - March 26.
MARC FOXX, Los Angeles, CA, "Shine the Light."
rec. / Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany, "Love Will Find A Way."

Art Statements, presented by Nils Staerk Contemporary Art, Art Basel 35, Switzerland, "A Possible New Order of Reconsiderings."

Andrea Rosen, New York, NY, Gallery 2: "Catarina Leit緌 & Matthew Ronay; Tamed Nature & Outlaw Biker Gang," December 2 - January 18, 2003.
Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, Denmark, "Garden party and Four Conversations with Slippage," October 25 - December 21.

MARC FOXX, Los Angeles, CA.


Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, "The Incomplete," curated by Manon Slome and Hubert Neumann, October 2 - January 12, 2008. (catalogue)
GBE@Passerby, New York, NY, "The Wu-Tang / googolplex Show (Congress)," curated by Darren Bader, September 25 - October 13.
Rec. at Esther Schipper, Berlin, Germany, "REC.OLLECTION," July 6 - September 15.
Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, "Phantasmania," curated by Elizabeth Dunbar, June 1 - August 19. (catalogue)
Taxter & Spengemann, New York, NY, "tHe FinaL rUn iNs," May 31 - June 30.
Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, NY, "L.I.C, NYC Video," Curated by Andr嶧 Salerno, Presented in conjunction with "L.I.C., NYC," May 6 - August 5.

Chelsea Art Museum, NY, "The Food Show," November 17, 2006 - February 24, 2007.
Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, Denmark, "SUMMER," July 7 - August 19.

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, "Looking at Words, The Formal Use of Text in Modern and Contemporary Works on Paper," November 2 - January 4, 2006.
Luhring Augustine, New York, NY, "The Art of Chess," October 28 - December 23. Travels to: Gary Tatintsian Gallery, Inc., Moscow, Russia, April 13 - May 15, 2006. (catalogue)
Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway, "Uncertain States of America. American Art in the 3rd Millenium," August 10 - November 13. (catalogue)
Travels to: Mus嶪 d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, France
Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik,
Serpentine Gallery, London, England
SculptureCenter, Long Island City, NY, "Make It Now: New Sculpture in New York," May 15 - July 31. (catalogue)
CCAC Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA, "Monuments for the USA,"April 7 - May 14. (catalogue)
Travels to White Columns, New York, NY, December 13 - February 7, 2006.
White Columns, New York, NY, "White Columns Benefit Auction," March 1 - 16.
Galerie Chez Valentin, Paris, "Withdrawal," curated by Joe Scanlan, February 26 - April 2.

Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY, "Four-Ply," July 15 - August 20.
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, "2004 Whitney Biennial Exhibition," curated by Chrissie Iles, Shamim Momin and Debra Singer, March 11 - May 30. (catalogue)
Esther Schipper Gallery, Berlin, Germany, "the stars are so big, THE EARTH IS SO SMALL stay as you are (Part I)," curated by Robert Meijer, September 10 - October 16, 2004.
Travels to: Studio Manuela Klerkx in Milan, Italy, March 17 - April 8, 2005

Deitch Projects, New York, NY, "We are electric," curated by Chris Perez, November 8 - December 20.
Grimm Rosenfeld, Munich, Germany, "Game Over," September 10 - October 25.
Luhring Augustine Gallery, New York, NY, "New Slang: Emerging Voices in Sculpture,"curated by Claudia Altman-Siegel, July 11 - August 10.
MARC FOXX, Los Angeles, CA, "<--> Matthew Ronay, Evan Holloway and Hiroshi Sugito", March 22 - April 19.
Vedanta / Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago, IL, "Telling Stories," March 21 - April 22.
Cohan, Leslie, & Browne, New York, NY, "Little Triggers," February 20 - March 22.

Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna, Austria, "youngsters* sculptures and other works from Los Angeles & New York *Sammlung K鐬n," December 18 - March 29, 2003. (catalogue)
Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA, "Artists Imagine Architecture," May 22 - September 2. (catalogue)
Nils Staerk, Copenhagen, Denmark, "Gallery Luhmann," curated by Jason Dodge, March 2 - April 20.
Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs, Long Island City, NY, "Now is the Time," curated by Ken Freed, January 27 - March 10.
Logan Gallery, CCAC, "Sudden Glory: Sight Gags and Slapstick in Contemporary Art," January 19 - March 9.
MARC FOXX, Los Angeles, CA, "Group Show."
CCAC Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA "Sudden Glory: Sightgags and Slapstick," curated by Ralph Rugoff, January 19 - March 2. (catalogue)

Exit Art, New York, NY, "Boomerang, Collectors Choice," November 10 - January 5, 2002.
MARC FOXX, Group Sculpture Show, Los Angeles, CA
MARC FOXX, Los Angeles, CA, "Mink Jazz", curated by Bruce Hainley

Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, NY "Two Friends and So On," organized by Rob Pruitt and Jonathan Horowitz, June 29 - August 12.

Richard Telles Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, "Minty," curated by Bruce Hainley

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