RAYMON ELOZUA 

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These new sculptures are derived from a series of sculptures starting in 1999. They are based on a digital exploration of Abstract Expressionist paintings. Adobe Photoshop was used to separate colored shapes within various paintings created by different artists. A DeKooning painting could be separated into 7 different colors or layers. These colors and their corresponding forms were then modified and manipulated in 3D Studio Max, a CAD software.

The resulting building blocks were then assembled into coherent 3D forms. These prints were used as rough templates to “re-materialize” the digital images into steel and ceramic sculptures. A sculpture now was comprised of the various “sampled” forms and colors from several historical artists.

Working in the ceramic medium, I was always interested in the synthesis of different materials. From 1989 through 2001 I used steel rod combined with 04 terra cotta in my sculpture. The “skeleton” of steel provided a way to utilize clay in a more spatial and gravity defying manner.

The medium of glass was always attractive. In early 2013, I met Lorin Silverman, an expert glassblower with a BFA from Alfred. He then worked for Corning Museum as a resident technician assisting artists to realize their vision.

We researched and developed a way to blow glass into a metal armature. In July 2013, Lorin provided the labor and expertise to make the glass shapes used in this new body of work. Glass is the most difficult medium that I have experienced.

Once the shapes were blown, using CAD drawings, I constructed a steel and wire structure, which was then covered with terra cotta and fired multiple times for color. The glass forms were then independently affixed to the fired sculpture.

The tension between the fractured ceramic with the reflective glass is fascinating, a feeling of beauty born out of decay.

–Raymon Elozua

RAYMON ELOZUA

Raymon Elozua (b. 1947) studied political science, sculpture and theater at the University of Chicago. These diverse and vary 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 Virgina 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 including the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA), the Museum of Art and Design (New York, NY) and Progressive Corporation (Pepper Pike, OH). In 2003, the Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design presented Constructing Elozua: A Retrospective (1973-2003) documenting his sculptures, paintings, photography and digital works.

Elozua has taught at New York University, Pratt School of Design, Rhode Island School of Design, California College of Arts & Crafts and Louisiana State University. Alongside his visual arts practice, Elozua has launched websites that archive collections of material related to industry, labor, and history.

Raymon currently lives in Mountaindale, NY.

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Elozua Awarded Groot Grant

In 2015, Elozua received a Virginia A. Groot Foundation grant for a new body of work. The R&D series of mixed media sculpture incorporates glass, ceramics, and steel.

Constructing Elozua: A Retrospective, 1973–2003
Mint Museum of Craft + Design

This online career retrospective connects the threads of a 30-year body of work driven by Raymon Elozua’s fascination of materials, process, and his insatiable curiosity. It includes photography, ceramics vessels, sculptural landscapes, paintings, and computer-derived art.

Click here to explore Constructing Elozua: A Retrospective through imagery, video, interviews, and commentary presented by the Mint Museum.

Without Compromise: A Personal View of Raymon Elozua’s Art
by Garth Clark

“Elozua is one of those rare contemporary artists for whom art is not vocational choice, but is a trust and sacrament in which compromise and dishonesty are simply not options.”

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Raymon Elozua: How to Make a Teapot
by Edward Leffingwell

“Raymon Elozua came to the broad range of his work as an artist fired by a curiosity concerning process and driven by the avidity and range of his remarkable intelligence. ”

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