The Assemblage Constructions
of Ron Stern
By Christine Cox
Ron Stern collects the stuff that most of us pass by and
turns it into art. He is currently writing a novel about an artist and the
things that he finds and uses.
Holding A Box' represents the many aspects of life. The colors and
shapes and textures surrounding us at all times and that magnetic pull of
everything, all boxed up and labeled, with the meaning, which everyone
must, or at least should, find out for themselves. Everything is in the
the dividers are all artificial and we are weighed down with other peoples
ideas. We all need to hold on
to our own box in order to see the others...
||The 'Camera With
Claws' represents the many comments I would hear from people who I had
to photograph during my time as a professional photographer. I wish I had
a nickel for every time someone would say, "Watch out, I don't want
to break your camera!" and other such things. It was if there was a
monster lurking inside waiting to grab ones soul and reveal all the deep
dark secrets hidden deep inside. This is how many people view a camera
pointed their way...
||'The Soldier' represents
all the bones and dead dreams of people fighting all the wars, for mostly
the wrong and selfish reasons, of those who use us to die for their pocket
books or over inflated egos. Its black because war is the lack of light.
Its also the great contradiction of war, the best and worst of humankind,
a tribute to all the poor brave souls who died for whatever reason, most
of which were never known to them, they deserve our pity and out praise...
||The 'Black Box
With Hands' represents the old expression that the glass is either
half full or half empty, according to one's view of life. The hands, in
this case, are either coming out of the box or being sucked into it,
either being born or dieing...
||'The Worn Soul' represents
the tired souls of human efforts to know the answer. The miles and miles
of walking without knowing, but walking never the less, putting wholes in
the souls of our shoes. And the answer was there all along, there never
was any need to walk at all...
Wrench' represents the way we hang ourselves out on a limb for money,
which is itself only an overpowering need for position and power in the
barnyard, and we cut each other up and squeeze the life out of life
because of that great need. We all miss so much, until it is too late...
- born in Baltimore, Maryland
1946 in a very Jewish neighborhood.
- played baseball all the time and never
thought about art
- grew up until I was fourteen in a seemingly
- parents split up
- started to hang with the bad boys on the
other side of the tracks
- joined the Marines ten days after graduating
high school, went to Vietnam in 1965-66
- attended Brooks Institute of Photography in
1967, way too conservative for me
- went to The Maryland Institute College of
Art and started to think about art all the time
- began to travel in search of life
- got married, had kids, and they traveled
- they got married and have kids of their own
now, my four beautiful grandchildren and one on the way
- still married to the same girl for over
twenty-five years now and were still traveling, not so much to look for
life, but rather to look at it...