Ricardo Arango: CLAY, GLASS, STEEL
1. A solo exhibition by Ricardo Arango, featuring sculptures that innovatively and captivatively explore materials and artistic possibilities
2. Arango has exhibited at prestigious venues like the Venice Biennale and received the highly competitive New York Foundation for the Arts Grant in 2022
Jun 8 - Jun 25, 2023
NYC Culture Club
As curator, it is a great privilege to announce the current exhibition of the outstanding sculpture of Ricardo Arango.
This handsome collection of Ricardo’s work is exemplary of how this artist experiments and explores the creative possibilities of materials with a distinctly innovative approach. His Oracle series entices the viewer to imagine the mystery and other worldly experience of looking into a ceramic disc of melted glass suggesting a look at the galaxies. The discs, suspended in floating welded steel forms, depicts another dimension of being suspended in space.
His recent Bulls Eyes series, beautifully displayed in the wall installation of twenty-five ceramic tiles, embodies Ricardo’s interest in ceramic glazes and the subtle yet elegant use of color. The mysterious beauty of melted glass over floating glazed forms can be seen in his other works on display. Some of the images allude to his free-standing steel sculpture.
The artist’s prowess in welding steel is evident in sculpture piercing the surrounding space with geometry and texture. The strong and fluid forms in steel compliment his wall creations.
Ricardo Arango has exhibited extensively including the Affordable Art Fair – NYC, Art Students League of NY, Columbia University/Teachers College – Macy Gallery, Norton Museum of Sculpture West Palm Beach, NYC Culture Club, Sagamore Hotel Art Basel /Miami Art Installation and many other venues. In 2022, Ricardo Arango received the highly competitive and prestigious New York Foundation for the Arts Grant.
A highlight of this artist’s career was the invitation to exhibit at the esteemed Palazzo Bembo/Venice Biennale 2022. His most recent exhibition was at the National Arts Club in New York.
I am deeply grateful to Clayton and Parker Calvert, Directors of the NYC Culture Club, for their invitation to curate this exhibition.
Thomas W. Lollar
Curator & Arts Educator