ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
Ron van der Ende
Galerie Ron Mandos proudly presents Bare Bones, by Ron van der Ende (NL, 1965). A presentation of his latest signature bas-reliefs all constructed from old re-used wood, that expose the foundation of his work in a series of seemingly simple shapes.This year marks the 20th anniversary that Ron van der Ende chose to solely create his sculptures from found wood, keeping their original color and texture to create his recognizably gripping and realistic wall mounted sculptures. The result is at the same time stubborn, traditional and new. Ron van der Ende’s works have become in high demand internationally through its visually open character and boyish themes like cars, spacecrafts and hi-fi systems. After a major retrospective at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam and a publication alongside the exhibition, he began to investigate the main principles in his work. With Bare Bones he shows the results of his inquiry by presenting a set of at first sight simple forms that uncover the groundwork of his own bas-reliefs. An old window frame is actually a representation of part of an installation by Robert Rauschenberg from the 60s. A large circular relief shows the ‘ice moon” Europa, one of Jupiter’s many moons. We see a volcano, a sprocket wheel, and a shipwreck which he recently photographed in the harbor of Rotterdam. A collection of specimens with abstracted and deconstructed shapes, that touch the core of van der Ende’s oeuvre.
Ron van der Ende is a sculptor living in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. He specializes in wall mounted bas-reliefs constructed from found wood. The original color and texture of the wood is utilized to form a gripping and realistic mosaic. The realism is further enhanced by the perspective built into the relief. Van der Ende uses his method to conjure up dark industrial and space age imagery. His work was shown a.o. at Ambach & Rice Gallery, Dallas, TENT, Rotterdam, de Kunsthal, Rotterdam, Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund, Groninger Museum, Groningen, Stadthausgalerie, Munster, Dallas Art Fair, The Armory Show in New York, OkOk Gallery in Seattle and Ampelhaus in Oranienbaum.