Ronda Stone has been with Artworks for two years and has been a contemporary photographer since 1990. She has shown her pieces in over thirty exhibitions from California to New York. She is currently working on a new body of work called The Inner Landscape. The current exhibition, The Door Project, is one limb of The Inner Landscape.
The body of work is an endeavor to capture the soul of a person or a found organic object. Souls are not perfect. The door then becomes the ideal metaphor for our flaws – with its bits that are broken and the fragile parts that have been cobbled back together. The exhibit is not meant to be comforting but rather seeks to trigger an impactful reaction from the viewer.
We typically think of a door as being a way out, a portal, something that you pass through or something that brings you back; a path to freedom. For Ronda, the very idea of the door was a bit of a contradiction to this central theme. The self-imposed test of using the door in every shot put limitations on her as an artist. The idea for the project was an intentional challenge that, in the end, freed her from the belief that she would be hemmed in by the very thing that is supposed to set you free.
The show begins in the entryway of the gallery with close-ups of the door and then feeds you into the gallery where thirteen novices interacted with the door under the gentle direction of the artist. The result is a black and white montage of introspection and layers of emotion. Here is a video of conversations between the artist and models.
The exhibition closes Friday, July 29.
Join Ronda Stone at Artworks on June 22nd from 5 – 6:30 pm for an in-depth look at her photography. The artist will be discussing her inspiration, process, and trends in contemporary photography. This event is free and open to the public.