Ron Baron and Sarah Walker
November 6 - December 18, 2021
John Molloy Gallery is proud to present INTERSECTIONS, new work by Ron Baron and Sarah Walker, on view from November 6 to December 18. The exhibition includes ceramic sculpture, paintings and works on paper. An Opening Reception with the artists is on Saturday, November 6, noon - 5pm. Masks and proof of vaccination are required.
Walker’s paintings behave as visual filters where information is filtered in, not out. Stacks of interwoven layers evoke a restless associative state: mirroring an increasingly complex world. As more virtual or artificially seen realms appear, how do we place ourselves within these non-material spaces? What visual language accompanies multidimensional states? Fundamentally Walker’s paintings offer visual tools for experiencing multiple intersecting dimensions.
Baron’s current work explores creating vessels from a combination of whole and fractured everyday ceramic objects. The shattered crockery creates a mosaic skin. Baron’s premise is derived from a psychological term “Shattered Vase Theory” and its relationship to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The essence of the Theory is the metaphor that a person begins life as an intact vase, tragedy strikes, and the once perfect vessel is shattered. There is a yearning to pick up the pieces and reassemble the preexisting vase, but this isn’t possible due to the level of destruction. In the aftermath, one begins to pick up the pieces, improvise and slowly assemble an invented equally beautiful form, a process called Post-Stress Growth. This body of work is an outgrowth of Baron’s navigation and processing of his own family’s tragedies.
While created with different materials and processes, even premises, Baron and Walker accumulate evocative surfaces- broken, perforated, infilled, and extrapolated. The interplay of the work of both of these artists creates a dialogue that points us to a new way of going forward in these uncertain times.
Ron Baron has shown his work nationally and internationally since 1989 and completed over 25 public art projects throughout the United States. Baron has won numerous awards including, New York Foundation for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Pollock-Krasner, Yaddo Endowed Residency and a Lila Wallace Endowed Residency at the Monet Museum in Giverny, France. His work has been included in a variety of books, periodicals, and websites such as the New York Times, Art in America, Artforum, ArtCritical, HyperAllergic, Brooklyn Rail, MTA Arts for Transit, Confrontational Ceramics and Hands in Clay. He currently lives in Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY and teaches Sculpture and Ceramics at the School of Visual Arts, NYC.
Sarah Walker has exhibited widely throughout the United States. She regularly shows with the Gregory Lind Gallery in San Francisco, and Pierogi in Brooklyn. She has exhibited at Frist Art Museum, American Academy of Arts and Letters, Weatherspoon Art Museum, deCordova Museum, Neuberger Museum. Collections include: Museum of Modern Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, Neuberger Museum, Nasher Museum, Weatherspoon Museum and the DeCordova Museum. She’s been awarded residencies here and abroad and has been reviewed by the Boston Globe, the San Francisco Chronicle, ArtNews, ArtCritical, and the New Criterion. Walker teaches at SUNY Purchase. She lives and works in Brooklyn and New York City.
John Molloy Gallery
Watch the artcritical talk
17 Years of The Review Panel
Conversations on INTERSECTIONS
and three other current exhibitions in New York
David Brody, Lilly Wei and Alexi Worth
discuss Intersections: Ron Baron and Sarah Walker
Featuring artcritical contributors in conversation
with David Cohen
and an introduction from Phong H. Bui