Title: Ron Kovatch and Harvest: A Ceramics Invitational
Location: The Edwardsville Arts Center – EHS Gallery
Description: Opening Reception:
Friday, October 14
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Start Date: 2011-10-14
End Date: 2011-11-18
Ron Kovatch’s recent drawn portraits in Drinking Yesterday’s Water will trouble — possibly even offend — viewers who visit the Edwardsville Arts Center. As someone who knows Ron well, I am convinced that this uneasiness will please the artist. His mixed-media drawings conjure up many descriptive expressions: scary, brutal, penetrating, grotesque, ugly, emotional, fantastic, ludicrous, strange, psychological, raw, insane, visceral, alien. The list goes on. What you see before you are reassuring and shocking, beautiful and perverse, sad and humorous, contemporary and timeless. The dualities or polar attractions are a big part of the artist’s philosophy of creating art. His sensibilities, personality and passion emanate from each piece.
Ron’s influences and inspirations are many and wide-ranging, from religious reliquaries, outsider art, graffiti and masks to checkout-stand magazines, The New York Times, back roads in Mexico, shooting hoops in the gym and even playing with his two grandchildren. The spontaneity, color choice and process that go into “building” each piece, and the childlike qualities he employs, are mesmerizing. I may be too close to Ron, and therefore prejudiced, but the word that continually rises to the surface when I admire Ron’s artwork is genius!
Dan Anderson, curator
Ron Kovatch Artist Statement
The human face frozen in a representation, even if poorly resolved, abstract, or out of focus, allows us to witness the beauty, ugliness, the pores, the details, colors, and textures of the road map of the human drama. Portraits work like a magnet luring the viewer into an experience that is fertile with issues and questions of identity, psyche, and our relationships with others. I believe that connection and or confrontation with the human face is the strongest experience that may reveal our deep, subconscious, intellectual, and emotional nature.
The process and material become equally important with concepts because there is a fluxing point…a specific and small window of opportunity for paper, pigment, glue, razors, and hands to work. It is like attempting to prevent imminent disaster while being distracted by more important things. Yet what could be more important?
Harvest: A Ceramics Invitational
Two Edwardsville, Illinois ceramic artists, Charity Davis Woodard and Melody Ellis, curate the exhibit. The twelve invited artists include: Karl Borgeson, Whitewater, Wisconsin, Mary Louise Carter, Ruston, Louisiana, Sam Chung, Tempe, Arizona, Susan Dewsnap, Lincoln, Nebraska, Rick Hensley, Floyd, Virginia, Jan McKeachie- Johnston, River Falls, Wisconsin, Kirk Lyttle, St. Paul, Minnesota, Liz Quackenbush, State College, Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Robinson, Rangely, Colorado, Emily Schroeder, Chicago, Illinois, Shoko Teruyama, Marshall, North Carolina and Sandra Trujillo, Milledgeville, Georgia.