09julAll Day04sepRonald Young: The Prevalence of RitualThe Gallery at The Kranzberg, 501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103Art Form:Visual ArtHalf hour appointment to see "The Prevalence of Ritual" by Ronald Young
The Prevalence of Ritual By Ronald Young July 9 — Sept. 4, 2021 Opening Reception July 9, 2021 5-8pm Artist Talk August 14 10-12noon The Kranzberg* The Kranzberg Gallery hours are Thursdays to
The Prevalence of Ritual
By Ronald Young
July 9 — Sept. 4, 2021
Opening Reception July 9, 2021 5-8pm
Artist Talk August 14 10-12noon
The Kranzberg Gallery hours are Thursdays to Sundays from 2-6pm. For questions or concerns, please contact [email protected]
My current studio practice involves recycling found objects from my immediate environment. Decayed decorative architectural features, old broken tools, rusty metals, and an abundance of St. Louis bricks are among the items I collect and repurpose into fragmented mixed media assemblages. The works are a blend of artistic practices from the West African people of the Congo/ Benin/Togo and Nigeria. I seek to incorporate into my assemblages the diasporic traditions of masks, sculpture, ancestry figures, and Nkisi n Kondi.
My assemblages are about the intersection of ideas and materials, visually represented through the juxtaposition of objects to invoke meaning which is both lyrical and visceral. The works are intentionally ambiguous and, just like the society they come from, full of contradictions. Embedded into the narrative of my assemblages are concepts of recontextualizing materials to make connections between the past and the present, America and Africa, the physical world, and the spiritual world.
The Prevalence of Ritual is a multi-disciplinary exhibition that explores the concept of The Power Object, the spiritual belief that all objects in nature have a soul. There are multiple levels of meaning to be derived from my harvesting of objects with strong autobiographical connotations, especially household items and tools. Such objects are “experienced” rather than “used” and are thus considered more spiritually potent. These Power Objects embody the collective consciousness of generations of African Americans rooted in the aesthetic traditions of Sankofa, the African concept of understanding one’s past in order to go forward.
July 9 (Friday) - September 4 (Saturday)
The Gallery at The Kranzberg
501 N Grand Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103