Ron Gorchov, "John's Forge", 2008
202 x 183 x 30,5 cm
oil on canvas
Galerie Richard Paris presents the latest series of paintings by Ron Gorchov from October 13th until November 24th 2012. It is his first solo exhibition at the gallery following his joint exhibition with Alain Kirili in 2009. These new works use a new range of pastel tones, an extreme fluidity of painting, as well as a dynamism and dancing asymmetry of the central, abstract shapes.
Born in 1930, Ron Gorchov is the last of the American Abstract Expressionists. Additionally, Gorchov was the first artist in the United States to bring a physical three-dimensionality to his paintings in 1966 by inventing a technique that utilized painting upon a curved frame.
Born in Chicago, it is from the age of 14 that Gorchov began his artistic formation by attending Saturday courses at the Art Institute of Chicago. Belonging to the Abstract Expressionism generation, according to him, modernism rhymes with progress. "Part of the difficulty in painting is the glut of images. I have come to fear images," he expressed in an interview with acclaimed art critic, Robert Storr.
Gorchov is the first artist to have distorted the frame in order to impose both a convex and concave shape. The frame itself becomes an integral part of his signature. He draws directly on the canvas motifs of biomorphic shapes and reveals his preparatory pencil drawings when he finds them interesting. The artist paints with both hands. The painting can give the impression that it was executed quickly. But this is not the case; instead the artist works in a state of concentration that requires meditation. As a modest man he declares "My painting is mostly made from reverie and luck."
Ron Gorchov lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He has been displayed in the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Queens Museum of art, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art. After having been shown in collective exhibitions in 1976 and in 1979, the PS1 MoMA decided to dedicate a solo exhibition to him in 2006. In 2010, he inaugurated a monumental sculptural painting for the new UN building in New York. His works are in the permanent collections of the MoMA, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago…
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