Ron Nagle: Lincolnshire Squire

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Ron Nagle: Lincolnshire Squire

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Ron Nagle: Lincolnshire Squire
to Sat 12 Dec 2020
Wed-Sat noon-5pm

Modern Art presents a solo exhibition of new works by Ron Nagle. This is his second solo exhibition with the gallery, comprising eighteen small-scale sculptures and a group of drawings made within the past three years.

Artworks

Curly Centurion, 2019

Wood, catalyzed polyurethane, and epoxy resin
15.2 x 12 x 15.5 cm, 6 x 4 3/4 x 6 1/8 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Mail Impotence, 2018

Ceramic, glaze, catalyzed polyurethane, epoxy resin, and acrylic
20.3 x 10.5 x 14.6, 8 x 4 1/8 x 5 3/4 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Golden Coaster, 2017

Ceramic, glaze, catalyzed polyurethane, epoxy resin, and acrylic
14.6 x 14 x 12 cm, 5 3/4 x 5 1/2 x 4 3/4 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Planetary Honorarium, 2020

Ceramic, glaze, catalyzed polyurethane, and, epoxy resin
9.5 x 15.5 x 6.3 cm, 3 3/4 x 6 1/8 x 2 1/2 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Vapor Caper, 2018

Ceramic, glaze, porcelain, catalyzed, polyurethane, epoxy resin, and acrylic
21 x 9.5 x 13.3 cm, 8 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 5 1/4 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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The Master In Person, 2018

Ceramic, glaze, catalyzed polyurethane, and epoxy resin
10.2 x 12 x 14 cm, 4 x 4 3/4 x 5 1/2 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Kaching Katchina, 2020

Catalyzed polyurethane, epoxy resin, and acrylic
11.4 x 14.6 x 12.7 cm, 4 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 5 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Knightly Enlightenment, 2017

Ceramic, catalyzed polyurethane, epoxy resin, and acrylic
18.1 x 24.1 x 7 cm, 7 1/8 x 9 1/2 x 2 3/4 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Protocall & Response, 2019

Ceramic, catalyzed polyurethane, and epoxy resin
11.4 x 12.7 x 10.8 cm, 4 1/2 x 5 x 4 1/4 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Based in SF, 2017

Ceramic, porcelain, catalyzed polyurethane, and epoxy resin
7.6 x 12 x 12 cm, 3 x 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Serial Quail, 2019

Wood, porcelain, catalyzed polyurethane, and, epoxy resin
12.4 x 10.5 x 15.5 cm, 4 7/8 x 4 1/8 x 6 1/8 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Lincolnshire Squire, 2018

Ceramic, catalyzed polyurethane, and epoxy resin
14.6 x 13.6 x 9.8 cm, 5 3/4 x 5 3/8 x 3 7/8 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Jumpsuit Recruit, 2020

Ceramic, glaze, porcelain, catalyzed, polyurethane, and epoxy resin
18.1 x 7 x 7 cm, 7 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Whisky Dickens, 2020

Ceramic, catalyzed polyurethane, and epoxy, resin
12.7 x 11.4 x 13 cm, 5 x 4 1/2 x 5 1/8 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Shady Haven, 2020

Ceramic, glaze, catalyzed polyurethane, epoxy, resin, and acrylic
11.1 x 12.7 x 11.4 cm, 4 3/8 x 5 x 4 1/2 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Captain Gown, 2019

Cellulose acetate, ceramic, catalyzed polyurethane, and epoxy resin
19 x 15.2 x 11.7 cm, 7 1/2 x 6 x 4 5/8 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Ignent Indignant, 2018

Ceramic, porcelain, catalyzed polyurethane, and epoxy resin
13 x 10.8 x 8.3 cm, 5 1/8 x 4 1/4 x 3 1/4 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Good Felons, 2020

Catalyzed polyurethane, epoxy resin, and acrylic
10.8 x 16.8 x 12 cm, 4 1/4 x 6 5/8 x 4 3/4 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Signature Scent, 2017

Wood, catalyzed polyurethane, and epoxy resin
15.2 x 11.4 x 12 cm, 6 x 4 1/2 x 4 3/4 ins.
Photo: Don Tuttle. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York

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Ron Nagle’s sculptures might measure only the size of a clenched fist, but their intricate, dynamic panoramas evoke planetary domains. Stuccoed façades meet twiggy appendages, while slick, oily layers ooze over the sharp edges of perfect, geometric blocks. Meticulously crafted out of arrangements of texturally and formally contrasting elements, Nagle’s abstractions are both other-worldly and entirely of this one: they evoke a range of influences reaching between mid-century hot-rod cars of the US West Coast, and the composite sensibility of Japanese shibui and wabi-sabi. His new works for Modern Art oscillate between conveying a sense of interior and exterior. They may at once appear loosely like still-life landscapes – conveying a sense of the familiar outdoors – and at the same time describe something as specific as the details of the internal architecture of an unknown place, as though plucked from a dream.

Mixing traditional materials such as ceramic and porcelain with epoxy resin and catalysed polyurethane, Nagle’s works attain an almost impossible physical quality, their indefinability echoed in the deft wit of their titles, such as ‘Vapor Caper’ or ‘Curly Centurion’. Contained within their making are references to art history, such as the work of Lucio Fontana, Giorgio Morandi, Phillip Guston and George Herriman, but it is perhaps more apt to consider Nagle’s works within the context of his musical mind. In this sense, each sculptural composition is akin to a finely tuned synthesis of overlapping notes, vibrations, textures, tones and words; the final whole always something entirely stranger and more affecting than the sum of its parts.

Ron Nagle’s career spans several decades. After high school, at which time Nagle first began to work with ceramics, he apprenticed with abstract expressionist sculptor Peter Voulkos in Berkeley California in the 1960s. It was during this seminal period that he began to formulate a sculptural practice of ceramics as conceptual rather than decorative objects. Following this apprenticeship his work began to be shown alongside that of Voulkos, Ken Price and John Mason, whose influence on the redefinition of ceramics as a fine art medium became known as the California Clay Movement. Since then, Nagle’s work has advanced to combine traditional materials with cutting edge techniques, his evolving oeuvre maintaining an important contribution to the discourse of contemporary abstract sculpture.

Since the late 1960s Ron Nagle’s work has been the subject of numerous solo museum exhibitions, including the Fridericianum in Kassel, Secession in Vienna, Austria, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, and the San Diego Museum of Art. His work was included in the 55th Venice Biennale’s central exhibition, The Encyclopedia Palace, curated by Massimiliano Gioni in 2013. A solo exhibition of Nagle’s work is currently on show at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and in September this year the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco will open a solo exhibition of his sculptures.

Ron Nagle’s acclaim is reflected in the numerous awards he has received. As well as being the recipient of three NEA Grants, he recently received an Honorary Doctorate from the San Francisco Art Institute. He was named a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, and in 2011 received an American Academy Arts and Letters Award. His work is included in several prestigious collections, such as that of the Victoria & Albert Museum, San Francisco MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum, and the De Young Museum, amongst others.

Throughout his artistic career Nagle has written music, releasing several albums of his own, including Bad Rice (1970; reissued in 2015), and Introducing the Many Moods of Ron Nagle (2018). In 1965, he founded the ‘The Mystery Trend’, a garage rock band, with a group of friends while at the San Francisco Art Institute. He has also contributed to several films with music and sound design, including The Exorcist and Cat People.

Ron Nagle was born in San Francisco in 1939, where he continues to live and work.
A new catalogue will be published by Modern Art to accompany the exhibition, featuring an essay by Dan Fox.

Ron Nagle, Lincolnshire Squire, exhibition view, Modern Art, Helmet Row, London, 10 September - 12 December 2020. Photo: Robert Glowacki. © the artist. Courtesy: the artist, Modern Art, London & Matthew Marks, New York


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