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MFA Watchlist Artist: Ron Ewert

(Image: Installation view of MFA show: Collaboration with Josh Reames, From left to right: “Jim”, acrylic on canvas, Josh Reames: “Refraction (opened up)”, oil and acrylic on canvas, “Thumbnail”, acrylic on unprimed dropcloth, “Password”, acrylic on canvas; © Ron Ewert)

Ron Ewert (b. 1982, Chicago, Illinois)

I create paintings, installations, and assemblages that investigate non-linearity, spatial ambiguity, and dislocated semiotic associations. It is through the play of these formal elements that I can ground and make visible my experience of an essentially fragmented contemporary existence. In my work I often employ varying strategies of negation, both physical and conceptual, to arrive at a more unpredictable image/object. Decollage, negative wood scraps, under-painting, unfinish, optical confusion, absurdity and impermanence are some of the ways I explore the territory of the negative within painting. One way this manifests itself is through the final stage of removing masked areas of a painting to reveal the initial raw fabric layer, bringing the background forward, conflating layers.These strategic approaches allow for the interruption of the sequence of production in my work and point to negative space as a location for play and the affirmation of subjectivity through form.

(Image: Ron Ewert, Scrimmage, acrylic on canvas, 24”x30”, 2012; © Ron Ewert)

Education: MFA School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2012. BFA, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, 2004. Burren College of Art, Ballyvaughan, Ireland, 2002.

Ron Ewert was born in the suburbs of Chicago, inspired by baseball, comic books, and his father’s vinyl sign-making business. He attended the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, graduating with a BFA in 2004, when he got his first computer. Ron received his MFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 and currently is co-director of The Hills Esthetic Center, an exhibition space he founded in 2010. This fall Ron will have work in exhibitions at Peregrine Program and Autumn Space in Chicago and Monya Rowe Gallery and Launch F18 in New York. Ron lives and works in Chicago.

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Posted by Ben Original on 6/4/12

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