Ron Lambert: Objects of Aesthetic Remorse
Artist Ron Lambert is inspired by the American Sublime, particularly the history of Western expansion and the notion of Manifest Destiny. He is drawn to nineteenth-century landscape paintings, but questions the idea of how visions of locational identity compel a sense of ownership or protection. In looking to the past, he recognizes the that our present culture moves at an exhausting pace. Lambert creates objects that ask the viewer to remain still, even though the passage of time cannot be stopped. In juxtaposing images of nature with constructed objects, he reflects on efforts to control the environment, both natural and man-made. With imagery of places we want to be, and places we try to forget, his work can be understood as a collection of mementos of past ill-won and futile struggles.
Working mainly in video and sculpture, Ron Lambert investigates the intersection between psychology and the environment. Ron has shown in galleries nationally, including the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Michigan, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio, the Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle, the New Britain Museum of Art in Connecticut, and The Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio. His videos have been screened internationally, including the Crosstalk Video Festival in Budapest, Hungary, CICA in South Korea and the Sanluan Yishu project in Beijing, China. His work is in the Vascovitz collection, the Swedish Medical Center, and the collection of the Tacoma Art Museum. Ron is a founding member of the COOP collective in Nashville, TN. He received his MFA from the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, and his BFA from the University of Connecticut. Ron is currently an assistant professor at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania.