Matthew Ronay’s sculptures are centered on the several social and political issues including everything from funk music to possibility or implausibility of future revolution in America, yet his sculptures may not easily reflect this. The artist has stated, “my sculpture may not look like it is socially or politically
loaded. It only functions when it enters the mind of the spectator. That is, when it becomes an act of direct communication.”
These narrative metaphors are intended to act as a visual puzzle and are often quite indiscernible as a result. The artists uses the familiar aesthetic of cartoons in his work and transforms them into sculpture, alluring the viewer in and offering several layers of meaning as you begin to engage the work.
The artist was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and is an MFA graduate from the Yale University School of Art. Last year, Ronay exhibited “Oh My God What Are We Gonna Do” with Vacio 9 in Madrid, Spain, and “Going Down, Down, Down” at Parasol Unit in London. The artist is currently represented with the Andrea Rosen Gallery in New York City and has been involved in several notable group exhibitions, including “Make It Now: New Sculpture in New York” at the Sculpture Center in Long Island City and “Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millennium” at the Astrup Fearnly Museum of Modern Art in Oslo, Norway.