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Ron Rocco
Blood State,
2007, Steel, fabric, PVC tubing and artificial blood, 60x60x72in (150x150x180cm)


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Ron Rocco
Bail Out
2009, mix media installation, 72x60x110in (183x152279cm)

©Ron Rocco
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Ron Rocco
The Sleepless Nights Left Behind
2007, barbed wire, steel, leather carrier and cast pillows, 48x 56x68in (120x140x170cm)


©Ron Rocco
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Ron Rocco
POW 1-4
2008, antique glass perfume bottle and steel resin cast element, each approx. 4x3x3in (10x8x8cm)


©Ron Rocco
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Ron Rocco
Neo Con
2007, camo netting and bamboo structure, 36x25x25in (90x63x63cm)


©Ron Rocco
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Ron Rocco
Oracle
2007, felt, wood, steel, and vinyl sculpture, 16x16x36in (40x40x90cm)


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RON ROCCO


Lives and works in Berlin and New York

Born USA | 1953

Working from Berlin and New York, artist Ron Rocco sculpts material assemblages and deeply referential interventions of signs and space. Tracing back to the scrap metal yards that colored the landscape of his youth, Rocco's practice reveals a clear fascination with material structures and their mutable functions. Occupying a place between sculpture, installation, painting and performance, Rocco's raw aesthetic exposes a potential within inert materials. His works exist as symbols, with layered references to a conflicted identity, personal pathos and a sharp political consciousness.

Rocco's materials clash, separate and merge, emoting a raw picture of conflict through tangles of neon wiring and fragments of metal. Such separations and compositions create a visual tension, marring an aesthetic compatibility and forcing the viewer to refigure a number of disconnected elements and associations. His symbols become dramatic stagings of political impressions, wires and tubing reminiscent of Bruce Nauman colliding with Jasper Johns iconography.

Ron Rocco has participated in exhibitions at Amerika Haus and Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, P.S.1, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, in New York. He has been awarded New York. State Council on the Arts funding for Individual Artist Sponsored Projects as well as National Endowment for the Arts sponsorship, and awards in Sculpture and Printmaking from the New York Foundation for the Arts. His work is a part of the permanent collections of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany; and has had an installation commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, in New York. Rocco also has public art pieces at a Bergen Light Rail Station in Jersey City, NJ, as well as in Seattle, WA through the Washington State Arts Council and Art in Public Places.