RAYMON ELOZUA: STRUCTURE/DISSONANCE | Everson Museum of Art

Fall 2022

 

OPENING FALL 2022

RAYMON ELOZUA: STRUCTURE/DISSONANCE

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

Structure/Dissonance celebrates nearly five decades of work by New York-based artist Raymon Elozua, who first came to prominence in the 1970s with detailed trompe l’oeil ceramic sculptures of decaying industrial landscapes. The artist’s first major museum exhibition since his 2003 retrospective at the Mint Museum, Structure/Dissonance focuses on three conceptual bodies of work that explore the combined physical properties of three elemental materials: ceramic, glass, and steel. This exhibition contextualizes these vital sculptures within Elozua’s intellectual landscape through the inclusion of a series of collections and research projects that are inextricably linked to his artistic output.

Elozua’s insatiable appetite to uncover the hidden cultural meanings attached to his chosen materials has led him to obsessively collect esoteric objects like gas stove burners and rusted enamel cookware, as well as photographs and ephemera related to topics as varied as labor history and decaying “borscht belt” bungalow colonies. These collections and obsessions help to construct a more accurate picture of the complex intellect that gives depth and meaning to Elozua’s singular expressive sculptures.

MORE ON RAYMON ELOZUA

Raymon Elozua studied political science, sculpture and theater at the University of Chicago. These diverse and varied interests still hold a place within his visual arts practice, encompassing glass and ceramics-metal sculptures, photography and overall interest in historical ephemera.

Elozua is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 Virginia Groot Foundation, as well as numerous National Endowment for the Arts Grants in Sculpture, Ceramics, and Paintings. Elozua is widely represented in private, corporate and museum collections throughout the USA.

ABOUT THE EVERSON

The Everson Museum of Art was founded in 1897 as the Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, and was the first museum dedicated to collecting American art.

The Everson is home to over 11,000 works of art including paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photographs, a pioneering video art collection, and one of the largest ceramics collections in the country.