Spotlight Talk » Panel Discussion with O’Keeffe Artists Matthew Ronay and Negar Ahkami
Melding vocabularies of modernist abstraction and ritualistic objects, Matthew Ronay’s sculptures and enigmatic installations express the primacy of the handmade object. Suggesting the transcendent qualities of our bodies and the world we inhabit, Ronay’s meticulously crafted works embody modes of visual production that remind us that objects are not merely representations of a material culture of mass production, but rather are sites of projection: acting as locations which embody and reflect our inception and corporeal struggle.
Negar Ahkami’s art is deeply inspired by Iran’s rich ceramic traditions and its ornate architecture. Also influenced by German expressionism, NYC street art of the 1980s, and the flamboyance of Iranian people as well as in NYC dance floor culture, her work is hyper-expressive, playful, gaudy, and visceral, imbued with a jolie-laide tension.
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