Rory Baron – March 2014

Rory Baron At Rest is an exhibition of recent sculpture and works on paper by New York-based artist Rory Baron. Baron’s work plays on visual and material connections made between the details of our daily reality and our timeless yearning for mythological meaning. Found here are the cross current of shapes and pattern that drive both minimalism and ritualism. Baron’s work mines the opticality of pattern and relief to create a humming visual richness from a very limited palette of commonly found building materials. Baron’s tight use of craft is the unifying force that brings these elements together and gives each piece a foot in the ancient mythologies of religion and the household solutions of Home Depot.
Explains Baron, “A lot of the work takes elements from a spiritually dead kind of architecture – strip malls, office cubicle buildings, suburban housing – but references mythologies, symbols and ritualistic objects from our shared history of the search for transcendence. The works in the show reflect the symbiotic relationship between nature, constructed environments, and the organisms that inhabit them.”

More about Rory Baron
Rory Baron was born and raised in Elyria, OH and received his BFA in sculpture from Kent State University and his MFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has been an artist in Residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.