RAMON S. ALCOLEA
RAMON S. ALCOLEA was born in Sevilla, Spain, in 1958. He attended the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC and graduated with a BFA from Parsons School of Design, New York City. He has received grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts. He has had residencies at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Ragdale Foundation, Blue Mountain Center, the Cummington Community of the Arts, and the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation as well as a fellowship from the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
He has exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and his work is in numerous collections including the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. His work has been written about in The Honolulu Advertiser, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Provincetown Arts, and The Boston Globe, among other publications.
The series “Porthole” combines the circular shape that defines a porthole on a boat or a ship and then recreates what might be on the other side. From a vague distant foggy shore to a close exploration of the surface of a wave.
The rhythm of this panorama is arranged by using wood that is already filled with the vocabulary of the created and then discarded, the planned and then forgotten. A calligraphy of symbols that are either etched or erased by nature and man.
THE SEA FLOOR
PROVINCETOWN NOTES is series of work created from the blended minutiae of nature and town as they flow together, unite, break and unite again.The parts are found and transformed but always trying to keep their essence. A found piece of wood chipped and stained becomes a building or the sea in a storm, a knob becomes a seashell or remains a knob placed at odds with its own knobness. The uniting core that ties them all together is the belief that the total is always more than the sum of its parts.
THE MEMORIES INSIDE A MAP
The sculptures in the series “Memories inside a Map” use primarily the language of symbols: lines, marks, dots and writing are used to create a topography that even as it remains full of clues also meanders into the realm of dreams.
The surface is smooth and ragged at the same time, pearlescent and shallow, they touch the vocabulary of loss, the surface created by emotions that solidify into form. Loss is tangible even as it becomes a pattern on the wall.