Ron Longsdorf (b. Greensburg, PA) has training in sculpture and he considers himself a curator of objects and materials. His body of work combines various elements of sculpture, installation, video, audio. Ron holds an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Delaware and a BFA in Sculpture from Pennsylvania State University. He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including, Delaware; Pennsylvania; New Jersey; Ohio; Virginia; California; Texas; Brooklyn, NY; Baltimore, MD; Lexington, KY; Minneapolis, MN; North Carolina; South Carolina; Berlin, Germany; and Limassol, Cyprus. Ron has attended residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Art Farm in Nebraska, Elsewhere Artist Collaborative in Greensboro, NC, HUB-BUB in Spartanburg, SC, and Stonehouse in Miramonte, CA. In 2009, he received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Delaware Division of the Arts, as well as several Individual Artist Opportunity Grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts. Ron is currently an Assistant Professor at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Kutztown, PA.
The philosophical questions surrounding existence in connection to personal relationships, architectural interiors and exteriors, home furnishings, and objects is a dialogue inherent in my work. I personify inanimate objects to shift the context to the body, acting as a character, to create situations exploring mental and physical proximity of personal relationships.
Autobiographical experiences from the past create an abstraction of recognizable objects used in a situational way. My work is a recreation of the real, filtered by memory and re-examination to offer a unique perspective on the everyday while trying to understand who we are on a human level.
My sculptures and installations use various combinations of altered domestic objects, building materials, audio, video and/or photography to create an experimental aesthetic experience. I use ideas of building, construction, removal, and exposure to investigate the emotion of personal relationships tied to materials and objects. Architectural elements and home furnishings are personified to become characters in an abstract ambiance. I use the object as reality and video and photography as memory, past, and illusion of mental space.
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