MIRIAM BLOOM AND RON MOROSAN
September 20 - November 16, 2019
WESTWOOD GALLERY NYC was pleased to present IN-TER-WO-VEN, an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and works on paper by downtown artists Miriam Bloom and Ron Morosan.
The exhibition includes over 50 works from the early 1980s through the present, including one collaborative installation work created exclusively for the gallery space. This is the first exhibition of Bloom and Morosan’s work at Westwood Gallery NYC and will be on view September 20 through November 16, 2019.
Miriam Bloom creates sculpture from multicultural influences and transforms them into objects that express the essence of spirit and humanity. In the mid-1970s and 1980s, Bloom explored objects as dysfunctional vessels, modeled after Japanese tea bowls and Greek vases. As her practice evolved into the 1990s and 2000s, sculptures on exhibit such as Whoville (1991), Subaba (2004), and Clouds and Sand (2010), took on mixed media, biomorphic forms. Bloom’s conceptual focus blossomed into ambiguous transformations of fertility symbols such as the Indian lingam and recalled classical Greek and Cycladic forms interwoven with East Asian spirituality. Critic Kim Levin wrote: “Bloom’s Punch Lines cross-wire memories of Brancusi, tribal fetishes, and Neolithic goddesses with Micky Mouse and sexual politics. These porcelain and terracotta monoliths manage a deadpan fusion of banality, formality, and multicoded hybrid sex characteristics.”
Ron Morosan’s cerebral paintings are amalgamated compositions of truncated organic shapes, floating geometric constructs, and painterly masses interwoven into a multi-layered cognitive narrative such as works from his ‘Social Sectors’ series like Parallel (2018). Many of the works on view are full of irony dressed up as innocence such as his work from the ‘Zeitgeist Puppets’ series, Bopo with Louisa May Alcott (2013). Other works like Art Viewer in Complex Social System (2004/2017) and Art Dealer and Art (2007) are quirky commentaries that touch upon the roles of the artist and the art world. The artist and critic Barbara Valenta wrote in his catalog Ron Morosan Selected Work, 1979-2001: “Morosan’s work reflects a contemporary world in which no one answer will suffice, in which we are almost always ‘multi-tasking’ in which we contemplate a long history of the use of line and color, now being free to mix all in one world.”