Current Exhibition:  How I Felt Showing at The Suburban - May 17-July 17 2015

 

How I felt showing at The Suburban.


My exhibition is the final show at The Suburban in Chicago. The Suburban has become one of the most important experimental art spaces in America. I chose works that say something about my practice while celebrating this important opportunity.  I decided to show paintings and sculpture which reference iconic subject matter that connects to most everyone.  These famous images are from movies, the comic strips and historical photos.


Painting the outside of The Suburban in stripes of color taken from an image of Charles Schultz’s Snoopy sitting on his dog house transforms the building into a reductive representation of Snoopy suggesting that the two entities demonstrate a place for deep imaginings.


       
                                             

         Charles Schultz                                                Snoopy Suburban – Ron Laboray 2015


Located inside the building is a large soft sculpture made of wool and entitled “How I Felt About the Last Drop of Charlie Brown”.  This sculpture imagines the last drop of Charlie’s identity, which notoriously is about being the born loser. Occasionally everyone shares his personal ownership of disappointment and ultimate redemption.  Snoopy would house such empathy for Charlie Brown and by extension, all of us.

                                

I pair Charlie Brown in the exhibition with “Flaming Monk” a painting abstracting the famous photo by Malcolm Brown of a monk setting himself ablaze in protest.  This relationship emphasizes the Buddhist notion that all life is suffering and that then Charlie Brown would be living the ultimate life. 


                                           

                                        

                                          

“ How I Felt About the Last Drop of Charlie Brown” wool and other fiber 2014/15  dimensions variable and Flaming Monk - surfboard resin and auto urethane on aluminum 2012 36x48"


While life and any career can be difficult, friends and mentors assist the journey.  Acknowledging those friendships that support artists I included the image “Poppies”, an abstracted image of the famous scene from The Wizard of Oz.  Representing a group of friends on a shared path reflecting my appreciation for fellow creatives and celebrating how transformative the art experience can be.


                        

                         Poppies - surfboard resin and auto urethane on aluminum 2010 30x48"


Finally the painting “These Aren’t the Droids You’re Looking For” depicts a moment in Star Wars were a student and teacher go on a heroic journey.  This work was included to acknowledge Michael Byron, a friend and mentor who will be sharing the opening night with his Suburban 2 installation "Syntax Within a Gray Scale".


                          

                             These aren’t the droids you’re looking for -  resin enamel on aluminum 2011