Jessica Dickinson '97 and Matthew Ronay '98 recognized for solo exhibitions
Posted 11.30.09 by MICA Media Relations
Two MICA alumni were featured in the December 2009 issue of Artforum, the magazine's Best of 2009 edition. Both B.F.A. graduates, Jessica Dickinson '97 and Matthew Ronay '98, were noted for innovation with solo exhibitions this year.
Artforum reviewed the large-scale paintings of Dickinson, exhibited in Here at New York's James Fuentes LLC. Dickinson's debut solo exhibit at James Fuentes, Here, showcases the artist's unique approach to texture. Each of the works is built up through a months-long process of painting, sanding, scrubbing and more to add countless layers.
"The materiality of the show's six paintings and works on paper required the viewer to take them in repeatedly from different vantage points to negotiate the interplay of light, color, form, and surface, as well as to map the relationships among them," according to the review. Playing with textures, three of Dickinson's works are on limestone polymer, which she etched grooves into, forcing the paint to sit atop, a technique the Artforum article relates to "spackle." The exhibit was shown in New York from Aug. 10-Sept. 20.
Ronay was showcased for his recent installation at Marc Foxx Gallery in Los Angeles. The exhibition, titled is the shadow, "marked a dramatic shift away from ... past work with a rejection of most recognizable subject matter in favor of recognizable handcrafted objects that flirt with primitive symbols and ambiguous archetypes," the review states. Occupying the entire main gallery of the Marc Foxx space, the solemn black, white and grey exhibition consisted of four large "cloaks" that adorned each wall and four very ritualistic-looking sculptures, many evoking imagery of an eye. The cloaks are also highlighted in four YouTube videos, not shown at the gallery, but which offer a further look into the message Ronay tried to portray with the installation. Is the shadow was shown in Los Angeles from Sept. 12-Oct. 17.
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