RAYMON ELOZUA: Structure/Dissonance

Everson Museum of Art | Syracuse, NY September 10 - December 31, 2022

PUBLIC EVENTS


Syracuse University Visiting Artist Lecture Series with Raymon Elozua

Thursday, September 8, 2022
6:00–8:00pm – free with museum admission

Opening Night Reception

Friday, September 9, 2022
6:00–8:00pm – free for members | $15 non-members

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.

To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now. – Samuel Beckett

In 2018, I decided to return to glass again in conjunction with ceramic and steel. Once more, I worked with Lorin Silverman; this time at Urban Glass in Brooklyn. In addition to blown glass, I was interested in using mirror strips similar in nature to the enamelware photographic setups. The glass was created first. I then constructed a steel structure to suspend the glass shapes, which are removable for the kiln firings. Clay was added and the sculpture was fired for bisque the color. Metal angles were then welded at various angles as a support for two sided mirror strips, which were glued in place.

In the 5th grade at Our Lady Gate of Heaven, our teacher created a contest. Pointing to an image of a state on a map of the USA, each student, standing at the back of the classroom, would have to name the capital of that state.

Working in the ceramic medium, I have always been interested in the synthesis of different materials.  From 1989 through 2002, I used steel rod and wire combined with 04 terracotta in my sculptures.  The “skeleton” of the steel provided a way to utilize clay in a more spatial and gravity-defying manner.  

PUBLIC EVENTS


Syracuse University Visiting Artist Lecture Series with Raymon Elozua

Thursday, September 8, 2022
6:00?8:00pm ? free with museum admission

Opening Night Reception

Friday, September 9, 2022
6:00?8:00pm ? free for?members | $15 non-members

During the evening, artist?Raymon Elozua?will partake in a one-on-one conversation with?Garth Johnson,?the Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics in the Everson?s Hosmer Auditorium on the lower level.?Enjoy hors d?oeuvres, a cash bar, and artist appearances. Other openings that night include?Rebecca Hutchinson: Re-Generation,?The Ceramic Nationals: 1932-1972, and?CNY Artist Initiative: Helene Starr.

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.

Images: Selections from Raymon Elozua collection of stove burners
Bottom Left: “R&D V RE-23-1”, 2014, Center: “Tri-Harmonic S.2”, 2018-19 04 , Right: “Tri-Harmonic B.2”, 2019

VIEW PDF OF THE PRESS RELEASE ?HERE

RAYMON ELOZUA: Evolution of Steel and Ceramics

This catalog is a record of a portion of Raymon Elozua’s varied explorations into photography, websites, collections, and sculpture made of glass, steel, and ceramic. It documents Elozua’s relentless curiosity and enormous capacity for diverse inquiry, interpretation, and mastery.

 

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RAYMON ELOZUA: R&D Sculptures 2014

In 2014, visual artist Raymon Elozua created a new body of mixed media sculpture, the R&D series, incorporating glass, ceramics, and steel. He received a Virginia A. Groot Foundation grant for this work. This catalog is a comprehensive documentation of this work.

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RAYMON ELOZUA: Word Sculptures

Using digital technologies, Raymon Elozua extracts layers of colored shapes from abstract expressionist paintings. He then re-materializes the digital imagery into steel and ceramic sculptures. The work shown here was constructed during 2001 in New York City.

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RAYMON ELOZUA, Hubris: Images Made Flesh

“Hubris” presents a juxtaposition of Elozua’s blurry photographic images with the precise, hard edges of his ceramic and steel sculptures. The photos recreate both a childhood nearsightedness and the deteriorating vision that comes with aging. “In 2016, I thought it would be interesting to take these photos and to replicate the glowing amorphous shapes in ceramic and steel. I was not successful, hence the title, ‘Hubris.’ Eyesight and clarity prevailed,” said Elozua of this body of work.

 

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CONSTRUCTING ELOZUA: A Retrospective

This catalog was published on the occasion of the exhibition “Constructing Elozua: A Retrospective, 1973–2003” organized by the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina, and presenting the work of sculptor Raymon Elozua.

Foreword by Mark Richard Leach
Essays by Garth Clark, Melissa G. Post, and Edward Leffingwell

 

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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.

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