PRIMO MARELLA GALLERY

The Hunting Ground

10 April - 30 May 2015

The Hunting Ground
 
RONALD VENTURA
 
On the burden of beasts
 
In Ronald Ventura’s latest show - titled “The Hunting Ground” at Primo Marella Gallery in Milan, Italy - the artist dares to take viewers into the heart of darkness, into the borderline that separates instinct and reason.
 
He poses the question: “As wild beasts are getting tamer and tamer, why is the supposedly civilized man becoming wilder and more beastly?”. As such, Ventura’s artworks take off from that premise. 
 
In the paintings, lions, wolves and tigers pose magisterially, more like emblems of royalty than symbols of jungle, desert or savannah lordship. Wildly flowing branches intersect with straight sturdy lines, emblematic perhaps for the constant tip-off between perennially contending forces. Female figures sprout petals and feathers, probably a commentary on how women have metamorphosed these days into something else entirely. 
 
The artworks will be placed in a room like portraits of power, framed ornately, flitting between glower and grace.  
 
“I want to take viewers on a walk on the wild side” the artist says: the gallery will be darkened; only four posts will be source of light. The interiors will be festooned with branches and dead trees, with sculptures perched either menacingly or passively above. The idea is to unnerve and then impress.
    
What is interesting is how the implements of animal cruelty - chains, whips, birdcages and blinders - will be placed in museum-worthy glass cases. To be laid out in rows. They will be presented like artefacts of a bygone area. This is probably the artist’s take on how these tools of cruelty will be administered to humans in the dystopian days to come. Man the hunter, in the end hunted down. 
 
Such is the world of Ronald Ventura: capable of astounding viewers with images of dark, sinister beauty. 
 
Zoo keeper

Ventura Ronald

Zoo keeper

Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic
Variable dimensions

Zoo keeper
Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic - Variable dimensions

Dangerous

Ventura Ronald

Dangerous
2015
Oil on canvas
Cm 152,5 x 122; Cm 193 x 162,5 (framed)

Dangerous
2015 - Oil on canvas - Cm 152,5 x 122; Cm 193 x 162,5 (framed)

Carne Rossa

Ventura Ronald

Carne Rossa
2015
Oil on canvas
Cm 122 x 91,5

Carne Rossa
2015 - Oil on canvas - Cm 122 x 91,5

Wings

Ventura Ronald

Wings
2015
Oil on canvas
Cm 152,5 x 122; Cm 193 x 162,5 (framed)

Wings
2015 - Oil on canvas - Cm 152,5 x 122; Cm 193 x 162,5 (framed)

Natural Highness

Ventura Ronald

Natural Highness
2015
Oil on canvas
Cm 152,5 x 122; Cm 193 x 162,5 (framed)

Natural Highness
2015 - Oil on canvas - Cm 152,5 x 122; Cm 193 x 162,5 (framed)

Wild embrace

Ventura Ronald

Wild embrace
2015
Oil on canvas

Wild embrace
2015 - Oil on canvas

Lookout

Ventura Ronald

Lookout
2015
Oil on canvas
Cm 122 x 91,5

Lookout
2015 - Oil on canvas - Cm 122 x 91,5

Wild Park

Ventura Ronald

Wild Park
2015
Oil on canvas
Cm 152,5 x 213,5

Wild Park
2015 - Oil on canvas - Cm 152,5 x 213,5

Beast

Ventura Ronald

Beast
2015
Fiberglass, resin, metal, wood, leather
Cm 289 1⁄2 x 86 1⁄2 x 139 3⁄4

Beast
2015 - Fiberglass, resin, metal, wood, leather - Cm 289 1⁄2 x 86 1⁄2 x 139 3⁄4

Immortal Hunting

Ventura Ronald

Immortal Hunting
2015
Metal, fiberglass, resin
Cm 193 x 68 1⁄2 x 99

Immortal Hunting
2015 - Metal, fiberglass, resin - Cm 193 x 68 1⁄2 x 99

Submission

Ventura Ronald

Submission
2015
Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, wood
Cm 160 x 134 3⁄4 x 132

Submission
2015 - Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, wood - Cm 160 x 134 3⁄4 x 132

Blanco

Ventura Ronald

Blanco
2015
Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, light bulb
Cm 100 x 45 x 66

Blanco
2015 - Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, light bulb - Cm 100 x 45 x 66

Dark Hunt

Ventura Ronald

Dark Hunt
2015
Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, wood
Cm 81 1⁄4 x 81 1⁄4 x 241 1⁄4

Dark Hunt
2015 - Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, wood - Cm 81 1⁄4 x 81 1⁄4 x 241 1⁄4

Night rebel

Ventura Ronald

Night rebel
2015
Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, charcoal
Cm 61 x 91 1/2 x 113

Night rebel
2015 - Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, charcoal - Cm 61 x 91 1/2 x 113

Bully

Ventura Ronald

Bully
2015
Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic
Cm 114 1⁄2 x 86 1⁄2 x 96 1⁄2

Bully
2015 - Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic - Cm 114 1⁄2 x 86 1⁄2 x 96 1⁄2

Vase of beauty

Ventura Ronald

Vase of beauty
2015
Metal, fiberglass, resin
Cm 155 x 74 x 66

Vase of beauty
2015 - Metal, fiberglass, resin - Cm 155 x 74 x 66

Shades

Ventura Ronald

Shades
2015
Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, charcoal
Cm 103 x 59 3/4 x 26

Shades
2015 - Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, charcoal - Cm 103 x 59 3/4 x 26

Territory

Ventura Ronald

Territory
2015
Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, wood
Cm 86 1⁄2 x 86 1⁄2 x 203 1⁄4

Territory
2015 - Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, wood - Cm 86 1⁄2 x 86 1⁄2 x 203 1⁄4

Shadow blades

Ventura Ronald

Shadow blades
2015
Metal, fiberglass, resin
Cm 312 1⁄2 x 66 x 218 1⁄2

Shadow blades
2015 - Metal, fiberglass, resin - Cm 312 1⁄2 x 66 x 218 1⁄2

Lamp

Ventura Ronald

Lamp
2015
Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, charcoal
Cm 59 1⁄2 x 66 x 90 1⁄4

Lamp
2015 - Metal, fiberglass, resin, acrylic, charcoal - Cm 59 1⁄2 x 66 x 90 1⁄4