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Matthew Ronay

Marc Foxx Gallery

In previous outings at this gallery and elsewhere, Matthew Ronay deployed sculptural objects with a smart, pop sheen that nearly disguised the works as products of mass manufacture: for example, Wiping Away Drips Obsolete, 2005, in which two blue Hula-hoops stacked in a corner are each draped with a used condom—all fastidiously crafted by the artist—or Obese Eclipsed Cock, 2005, in which two stacked, arcing cartoonish male members inflicted with bite marks align with a quintet of hamburgers climbing a thin brown plank that leans against the wall. At first glance, these specific objects, typically made from painted wood or MDF, would seem to be more likely found at Toys “R” Us—somewhere in the vicinity of Mr. Potato Head—if the thematics weren’t so blatantly “adult,” here meaning they possess as much dark, violent, and depressing allegorical content as explicit sexuality.

Of course, sex and

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