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Project: Ron Lambert

Languish of Patience

Ron Lambert has created a large scale outdoor sculptural environment, The Languish of Patience, for APSU. The image of the piece recalls a narrative sequence of dwellings from the permanent to the transitory. Sited right in front of our Trahern Building this artwork will remain throughout the Spring of 2013.

Artist Statement

There are instances when the environment reminds us of our lives, such as the point at the beginning of a rainstorm when you’re not sure if you feel the water yet or not, in extreme weather when our lives are threatened, and also when we encounter something so breathtaking that for a brief moment our lives are taken off course. Art has been given the job of capturing the sublime, providing mementos of things the culture does or should feel for. Culture moves at an exhausting pace yet it is difficult to make art about flux, to make objects that ask the audience to remain still in a culture which constantly threatens to pass them by. As we leave our bodies to move at the pace of progress, we pass the physical parts of life which remind us that we take up space. It is in the moments of the sublime experience that life slows down if even for a second. Sculpture provides me with an opportunity to explore the sublime through direct experience by allowing a viewer to see the construction, as well as feel the sensation of the elements, and the phenomena that is created. Art can still mimic life physically; it can also mimic the experiences of life, adding interjections to remind us of the pace at which we live and how one perceives beauty and the sublime. I aim to create work that is beautiful; I want the viewer to be at first attracted to the form and display and after the information provided in the materials sets in, I want the viewer to be somewhat repulsed by the futility of the gesture of mimicking the experiences of the natural world. I desire to artistically explore a sense of constructedness and impermanence, which reminded me of our own impermanence despite the best efforts of science and medicine. While technology explains away things that were once mysteries, phenomena, or even miracles, the sight of such occurrences still inspire awe. The sublime comes from a need to be awed, a need to break routine, a need to feel there is still wonder in the world around us. As the natural environment shrinks, the sublime recedes into such miniscule events as the concentric rings formed from a drop of water, of the reflection of the sky in a puddle alongside the walkway.

About the Artist

Working mainly in video and sculpture, Ron Lambert investigates the intersection between psychology and the environment. He received his MFA from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, has taught at Cornish College of the Arts, Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle, and Alfred University where he received an excellence in teaching award in 2008. Ron is currently an assistant professor at Watkins College of Art and Design in Nashville, Tennessee. Ron's work has been published in Shaping Space, Third Edition, and Color, Third Edition, both by Paul Zelanski as well as the show catalogue People Doing Strange Things With Electricity. Ron has shown at the Catherine Person Gallery in Seattle, Athens Institute for Contemporary Art in Georgia, Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, Lexington Art League, the Soil Collective in Seattle, and several university galleries around the country. Ron's work has won awards at Artworks Gallery in Hartford, Connecticut, and the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles, Missouri. His work is in the Joseph Vascovitz collection, and in the collection of the Tacoma Art Museum. He is currently represented by Catherine Person Gallery in Seattle, WA.

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