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Ron Klein

Jessica Berwind Gallery

Ron Klein’s sculpture synthesizes two sensibilities; a Surrealist practice of combining unrelated objects organizes itself in Minimalist formats. The exhibition title, “Ouroboros,” borrowed from a turn-of-the-century book by Garet Garrett entitled Ouroboros or the Extension of Mankind, refers to a legendary snake that swallows its own tail. The symbol represents man’s wish to gain possession of the objects of his desire through magical means. To this end—and this is of particular interest to Klein—the book discusses man’s invention of the machine. Two subtitles—“Magie Noire” (Black magic), for those pieces whose parts were collected in the south of France, and “Perkiomens,” for those discovered in the flea markets of Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania—point to the fact that Klein sees tourism as an opportunity to gather indigenous refuse. Rebuslike titles for the individual pieces such as I.B.U.

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