Matthew Ronay SURDS

Toeing the line of transcendent spirituality and out-and-out sexuality

By Lindsay Preston Zappas

Scanner, 2017, basswood, dye, flocking, plastic,30 × 46 × 29 cm. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. Courtesy the artist and Marc Foxx, Los Angeles

Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, 29 April – 3 June 2017Sometimes Matthew Ronay whistles in the studio ‘with a lot of vibrato’, he once confessed in an interview with David John. ‘I’m normally ecstatic in the studio,’ he continued. Ecstasy has many variants: overwhelming joy or exuberance, sexual bliss, spiritual awakening. Think Bernini’s The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa (1647–52), which exhibits a bit of each.Ronay’s Technicolor basswood sculptures also toe the line of transcendent spirituality and out-and-out sexuality. In Thermal Organ…

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