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Forces of Nature
Ron KLEIN   
September 5 - Sept 30, 2006

Howard Scott Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by the  Philadelphia-based artist, Ron Klein, which will open to the  public on Tuesday, 5 September 2006 and run through Saturday, 30 September.  

Mr Klein's work is rooted in his lifelong fascination with the manner
in which man's understanding of both his own self and the world he
inhabits is greatly predicated upon the individual's degree of interest
in, and sensitivity to, the objects which surround one in daily life -
whether these be tangible objects of the natural world or objects
designed by and manufactured by man to fulfill a perceived, practical
need. Klein's passionate attraction to the material of the natural
world has taken him, during the past fifteen years, to such remote
locales as Madagascar, Burma (Myanmar), and Amazonian and Costa Rican
rainforests. He has gradually focused on certain forms from the realm
of flora which hold special appeal for him, and perhaps not
surprisingly, they are not only elements which have a longer span of
existence once separated from the growing entity which produced them,
but also ones which possess an inherent sculptural presence - namely
the vessels in which seeds are contained and from which they are
eventually cast forth for the propagation of the species.

While searching for particularly remarkable examples of seed pods -
astounding sometimes in their sheer scale, he has become acquainted
with the populations which inhabit these exotic places and -
inescapably - with the growing threat to the continued existence of
their highly individual societal and cultural structures, long
protected by the degree of remoteness from routes of exploration,
commerce, tourism, and exploitation, but increasingly less so. His
concern for the spiritual and physical well-being of these threatened
populations has imbued aspects of his work with a tangible sense of
missionary zeal and possibly even a sense of mysticism - quite separate
from the purely formal concerns of a sculptor living in a world of
increasingly conceptualized works of art.
It has been
Klein's chosen task to find ways of establishing a cohesive visual
relationship between the plant-derived materials which he gathers with
considerable difficulty and the urban detritus which could easily be
gathered by any city dweller and which he incorporates into his works.
He has spoken of the urban castoffs as constituting - for him - a vast
library of shapes and forms. Bringing into a compelling visual balance
the physical manifestations of untrammeled nature and the unwanted
leftovers of an increasingly technological world could be considered
the principal motivating force behind his work.
A maker of
large-scale works employing concerns and language of drawing,
sculpture, and installation works, Klein has evolved a use of densely
configured assemblages - most frequently wall-sited - which partake of
one of the most interesting forms of composition in modern art, the
"allover" structure, which is, itself, a method of composition also
found in utilitarian and decorative works made in many disparate
cultures over millennia - from Islamic decoration of walls, carpets,
and objects to medieval, European tapestries. Klein's practice of
pinning to a flat surface materials gathered from nature both parallels
the ages-old methods of botanists, lepidopterists, and other scientists
(for the preservation and study of the materials) and
accommodates his usage of an "allover" compositional structure - giving
his work a powerful graphic, as well as sculptural, presence. His using
specific, [usually] non-rectangular silhouettes - the mandala, the
diamond, the fan-shaped, to cite a few - further emphasizes the
dramatic presence of his large-scale works.
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 not-for-profit exhibition space,
White Columns, in New York. He recently had a solo exhibition at
Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, in Wilmington, titled Inside  Out
and accompanied by a  brochure with an essay by the curator of the  exhibition, J. Susan Isaacs.
The forthcoming exhibition at Howard Scott Gallery will be his first
one-person exhibition in New York. 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.
  
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