Since 2004 New York-based artist Matthew Ronay has created dreamlike installations and sculptural tableaus with psychologically charged subject matter. His earlier, cartoonish objects often addressed sexual or violent imagery constructed with industrially produced medium-density fiberboard (MDF), lending them a cool, machine-produced aura. Recently he has transitioned from these brightly colored, flatly painted sculptures to more self-consciously handmade and organic pieces rendered in dark earth tones that emphasize their materiality. This, along with increasingly theatrical elements, such as refashioning the environment in which the works are shown, demonstrates Ronay’s shift from a cynical critique of contemporary popular culture to a more metaphysical investigation of primitivism, archetypes, and spirituality.
Ronay received his MFA from Yale in 2000. He has had solo exhibitions at Marc Foxx, Los Angeles, California (2009); Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, New York (2008); Lüttgenmeijer, Berlin, Germany (2008); Vacio 9, Madrid, Spain (2006); and Parasol Unit, London, England (2006). His work has been included in many group exhibitions, including Neue Alchemie: Kunst der Gegenwart nach Beuys, LWL-Landesmuseum für Kunst und Kulturgeschichte, Münster, Germany (2010); Meet Me Around the Corner: Works from the Astrup Fearnley Collection, Astrup Fearnley Museum for Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2008); The Incomplete, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, New York (2007); Phantasmania, Kemper Museum of Modern Art, Kansas City, Missouri (2007); Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millennium, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway (2005); and Whitney Biennial 2004, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York (2004).