Dim Lights Thick Smoke: Ron Boorstein — Works on Paper.

Ron Boorstein is a painter based in Brooklyn.
For the past four years, Ron Boorstein has been painting acrylic on paper, with the use of rollers and handmade stencils made of neoprene. The technique combines painting and monoprinting strategies. Boorstein explains “I simply wasn’t satisfied with traditional tools, like a brush because it felt too self-conscious. Furthermore I was underwhelmed with my artistic output. Do-it-yourself rollers allow me to effortlessly expand my mark-making vocabulary and opens my work to imagery that is process driven. Imagery flowed from the process to my imagination and not the other way around. I felt free of the burden to come up with ideas. The focus shifted to the physical act of painting. Perfunctory artistic actions were  surprising myself. I am not totally in control. It is kind of like driving a car with a bad steering wheel. On the one hand I don’t  have total control of where I am going, but on the other hand shapes became crisper, colors and tones bolder and fresher.”
This is conceptually based work that transcends the intellect and goes to a higher more spiritual realm of the Absolute — G-d, beauty, love and the unknowable. The paintings exist in the Absolute — i.e., megalithic iconic mountains in Nature, and zeros in many faiths is an expression of the divine.

Ron Boorstein is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.  His last solo show was at Postmasters Gallery, NYC in the early 1990s. He has shown very infrequently.

Opening Reception, Tuesday, November 30, 5pm – 7pm, “Dim Lights Thick Smoke: Ron Boorstein — Works on Paper”

Show runs Nov 30th to Jan 2nd and is viewable from noon til 4am 7 days a week.

Recommended hours noon to 6 daily.

Red Mountains, 3 x 8 in, acrylic on paper
Yellow Hills, 6 x 13 in, acrylic on paper
Yellow Hills, detail, 6 x 13 in, acrylic on paper
Zeros, 18 x 24 in, acrylic on paper
Red Mountains, detail, 3 x 8 in, acrylic on paper

Artist Statement:
“The title of the show is “Dim Lights Thick Smoke – Ron Boorstein – Paintings  on Paper ” .  In keeping with the title , I asked Donald O’Finn (one of the 3 Freddy’s proprietors) if  (for the Opening Reception) we can turn off all the lights in the exhibition and people would view the exhibition with a flashlight, better to focusing on one piece at a time.  I like the  search and discover of a flashlight in a dark room, off the art world radar; especially in these days of quarantining and lock down . He agreed to dimming the lights.

So let us begin with the exhibition.  All works in the show are acrylic on paper from 2018 to 2021. The main thing I want to write about is how the work is made.  I came up with a do-it-yourself paint roller whose innovation is the use of neoprene as a stencil. Neoprene  is a  very thin sheet of smooth, hard foam that has a glue backing.  I cut the neoprene into shapes which are glued onto a rolling pin. I apply paint to the neoprene and than  I roll and drag the paint-loaded stencil across the painting . The technique combines painting and monoprinting strategies. I  wasn’t satisfied with traditional tools, like a brush. I was looking  for a way to make marks that weren’t self conscious.  The marks I make are surprising even to myself.  It is kind of like driving a car with a bad steering wheel. On the one hand I don’t  have total control of where I am going, but on the other hand shape and line became crisper, color and light bolder and fresher. Imagery flows from the process to my imagination and not the other way around.

  The show is grouped by the basic design of the stencil. On the far wall opposite the room entrance is the earliest work from 2018. Back than, I didn’t know where to begin, so zeros seemed an appropriate starting point. For now all the works are not titled.” ~ Ron Boorstein.

I can be contacted at boorsteinmy@gmail.com

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