Ron Nagle
Show Announcement

Ron Nagle
Show Announcement (continued)

Ron Nagle
Pezimystic, 2009
ceramic
6 1/2 x 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches
RNags 28

Ron Nagle
Beirut Canal, 2009
ceramic
3 3/4 x 5 x 5 3/8 inches
RNags 29

Ron Nagle
Spit Shine, 2009
ceramic
4 3/4 x 6 x 3 3/4 inches
RNags 31

Ron Nagle
Teens of August, 2009
ceramic
4 x 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 inches
RNags 32

Ron Nagle
Chez Monieu, 2009
ceramic
4 ½ x 7 ¼ x 7 ½ inches
RNags 30

Ron Nagle
The Heir of Grievance, 2009
ceramic
4 3/4 x 5 1/4 x 4 3/4 inches
RNags 33

Ron Nagle
Mirder Inc, 2009
ceramic
4 1/4 x 4 7/8 x 5 1/2 inches
RNags27

Ron Nagle
Waiting for Jumbot, 2009
ceramic
4 3/4 x 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches
RNags26

Ron Nagle
Blueweeorama, 2009
ceramic
3 1/2 x 4 3/4 x 3 inches
RNags25

Ron Nagle
Untitled study, 2009
pencil on paper
11 x 8 ½ inches

Ron Nagle
Untitled study, 2009
Untitled studies, 2009
pencil on paper
11 x 8 ½ inches

Ron Nagle
Untitled study, 2009
Untitled studies, 2009
pencil on paper
11 x 8 ½ inches

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Press Release

During April and May the GEORGE ADAMS GALLERY presents an exhibition of new work by RON NAGLE. The exhibition consists of eight new small-scale ceramic sculptures and ten pencil studies. Nagle's second exhibition with the gallery and his first in the main gallery space represents a dramatic shift in his sculpture and a newfound emphasis on drawing.

Titled Bookends, Weeoramas and Flareware, Nagle continues his exploration of texture, color relationships and complex layering of glazes while introducing new elements such as two-part sculptures, cut-outs, and subtle shifts in scale. He also uses realistic as well as surrealistic forms to create explicit environments, taking inspiration from a number of sources including Salvador Dali, Antoni Tapies, Japanese rock gardens, even the humble taco.

For example, in Pezimistic, 2009, one of the Bookends, Nagle places two tall “L” shaped elements back to back, just barely separated, and then adds an intriguing narrative element in the form of pile of miniature bricks to the front piece. In an even bolder departure from his earlier work, Spit Shine, 2009, a Weeorama, resembles a mini stage set with overtly surrealist elements such as a tree-like shape and a pile of bricks. And in his Flareware piece Beirut Canal, 2009, Nagle joins two textured planes at the top but splays them out at the bottom, the front and back planes flexed, giving the work a surprising sense of animation.

There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, April 23, from 6 to 8pm in the gallery.


Checklist

1.  
10 Untitled studies, 2009
pencil on paper
11 x 8 ½ inches each

2.
Mirder Inc, 2009
Ceramic
4 ¼ x 4 7/8 x 5 ½ inches
RNags 27

3.
The Heir of Grievance, 2009
ceramic
4 ¾ x 5 ¼ x 4 ¾ inches
RNags 33

4.  
Spit Shine, 2009
ceramic
4 ¾ x 6 x 3 ¾ inches
RNags 31

5.
Chez Monieu, 2009
ceramic
4 ½ x 7 ¼ x 7 ½ inches
RNags 30

6.
Waiting for Jumbot, 2009
ceramic
4 ¾ x 6 ½ x 3 ¾ inches
RNags 26

7.
Teens of August, 2009
ceramic
4 x 5 ¼  x 3 ¾  inches
RNags 32

8.
Pezimystic, 2009
ceramic
6 ½ x 4 ¼ x 5 ½ inches
RNags 28

9.
Beirut Canal, 2009
ceramic
3 ¾ x 5 x 5 3/8 inches
RNags 29