Pivot- An exhibition featuring new works by Ron Saunders
Besharat Museum Gallery
175 Peters St.SW, Atlanta, GA 30313
Parking: 165 Mangum St.SW
Opening Reception February 9th, 2018, 5pm-7pm
Thursdays-Saturdays 10am- 5pm or by appointment 404-524-4781
Besharat Gallery Museum is excited to announce an expansion of its current activities to include exhibitions by innovative Atlanta artists. The gallery is best known for its beautiful space and Massoud Besharat’s extensive private art collection; however, on Feb 9th, during the Castleberry Hill Art Stroll, the exhibition ‘Pivot’ by Ron Saunders will be featured. Pivot represents both Ron Saunders’ future endeavors and current art practice. Ron presents a set of new abstract paintings that expose the tension between traditional organization and uncontrolled natural forces resulting in imagery that could be coined “cataclysmic formalism”. Through this lens, the paintings are unstable- background and foreground battle each other for dominance while giving rise to myriad emerging forms and clarifications. Through embracing the space between control and disorder, the striking unexpected visuals toy between beauty and inevitability.
Along with this set of newer paintings, Ron continues his frozen pigment painting practice, which was first introduced in 2000. These works stand in opposition to the other paintings, in that they are created almost void of human intervention. These works, which are truly up to chance, are initiated by freezing water-borne paint and allowing it to melt and reconstitute over several days. Although the final imagery is aesthetically beautiful, the paintings can be seen as raw documentation of numerous state changes and natural forces that have their own dynamic.