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from April 25 2015 until August 30 2015
For the first time there is to be a solo exhibition of work by Ron Nagle (San Francisco, 1939) in the Netherlands. Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is featuring his recent works in ‘Chewing Gum Monuments’ (gallery 52). Nagle’s oeuvre is made up of ceramic shapes and sculptures no more than ten to fifteen centimetres tall—striking, unorthodox compositions of strange shapes, textures and intense colours.
Nagle takes his inspiration from late sixteenth-century Momoyama ceramics from Japan, drawing and painting, and equally from the American automobile culture with eye-catching colours and gleaming lacquers. His works reference the American West Coast where the artist grew up and where he still lives and works. At the Venice Biennale in 2013 he was widely praised for his sculptures, which were part of Massimiliano Giorni’s ‘Il Palazzo Enciclopedico’ exhibition.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen will be showing the works in an installation where the sculptures can be seen at eye level. Although the brightly-coloured sculptures are tiny, viewers will have no difficulty losing themselves in the surreal qualities of the landscapes. Ingenious titles like ‘Frisky Kanisky’, ‘Handlin' Bambi’ and ‘Moniker Lewinsky’ contribute to the experience. Alongside the sculptures, the exhibition will feature ten sketches on paper. The ideas for these drawings came about while Nagle watched old films starring the Chinese detective Charlie Chan over and over again.
Nagle has also been working as a singer/songwriter and music producer since the 1960s. He played in various bands, worked with musicians from Jefferson Airplane and The Charlatans and released his solo album ‘Bad Rice’ in 1972. This album, regarded as an absolute 1970s cult classic to this day, was recently re-released. Nagle also worked in Hollywood and created the sound effects for ‘The Exorcist’. This film won an Oscar for them and was voted the best horror film of all time. Nagle has written songs for major stars like Barbra Streisand and Arnold Schwarzenegger and the legendary band The Tubes.
This exhibition can be seen in the gallery 52 on the first floor.