Fabeln, Fábulas: The Work of Ron Abram
On View: Feb 2nd – Feb 24th
Ron Abram’s interdisciplinary show of prints, film, puppets and sculpture features new works addressing issues of queer identity through the retelling of cross-cultural fairy tales and fables. The metaphorical works speak on abstract and emotional levels: a celebration of Queer magic in the face of fear, repression, and homophobia.
Ron Abram is an artist making prints, primarily etchings, for thirty years. His recent work is interdisciplinary in structure and extends printmaking traditions to include animation, film, sculpture and installation. Situated at the intersection of personal symbolism and popular collective iconography and myth, the themes of his work speak to the residue of the memory, repression, homophobia and queer aesthetics. His work has been exhibited throughout the USA and abroad, and in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Mint Museum and Moravian College. He has been an artist in residence at Anchor Graphics in Chicago, Illinois; Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, California; Flying Horse Editions in Orlando Florida; Temple University Campuses in Rome Italy and Tokyo Japan, Grafikwerkstatt in Dresden, Germany and Taktkunstprojektraum in Berlin Germany. He has worked collaboratively as a designer on theatrical, dance and music productions. His work as a curator extents themes found in his work including exhibitions and portfolios such as Finlandia: Prints and Music Inspired by Tom of Finland (2011), Songs in Reverse: Ten Prints by Eight Gay Men (2010), and Bizarro World: The Parallel Universes of Comics and Fine Arts (2000). He received his BFA from the University of Central Florida and his MFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Abram has taught printmaking and drawing since 1989, teaching at Rutgers, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Tyler School of Art, Abington Art Center and currently holds the position of Associate Professor of Art and Queer Studies at Denison University where he has taught since 1995. El Ambiente was his most recent solo exhibition this past fall at Taller Puertoriqueño in Philadelphia, PA