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Ron Baron


Ron Baron describes himself as “a cultured archaeologist.” He might also be described as an obsessive recycler: in his work the most redundant objects acquire new meaning and purpose. In In Memory (all works 1994), for example, he assembles 15 fish tanks and fills them with footballs, tennis balls, sporting trophies, yearbooks, curios (including a model of the Eiffel Tower), and empty aspirin bottles. The result resembles a compact museum of private life or a volume of short stories (Baron’s “Book of Guys”) chronicling the trials and tribulations of the great white American male in the ’90s.

Of course, there is nothing new about assemblage or the readymade, and Baron is careful to acknowledge his antecedents by incorporating a distinctly Duchampian wine rack in one of the pieces, but he takes his method well beyond cliché. He is resourceful, has a keen sense of the absurd, and has a way of

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