Opening reception for the artist: Thursday,4 March, 6 to 8 p.m.
HowardScottGallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition by the Philadelphia-based artist, Ron Klein, which will open to the public on Tuesday, 4 March 2010 and run through Saturday, 3 April.
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.
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.
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. In November 2006 Klein had a solo exhibition at DelawareCenter 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 HowardScottGallery will be his second 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 awardedby the Pollock Krasner Foundation.