What Eye Saw – Photographic exhibition by Ron Cook in Dansville
Dansville ArtWorks is hosting Ron Cook’s photography in its gallery from September 1 to 25, including an artists reception on Friday, September 10, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The gallery is located at 153 Main Street, Dansville, New York, and can be accessed by The VAULT at the same address and through the back entrance of the municipal parking lot at 153 Main. The exhibition and the hosting of artists are free and open to the public. Ron’s photograph is available for purchase.
Ron holds a BA in Liberal Arts / English from SUNY Geneseo where he also studied Art History. He grew up on a farm, was a teacher, and worked in trade and manufacturing. Retired Ron is quietly working as a photographer / abstract artist and freelance writer. He defends artists who “color outside the lines” and is flabbergasted by the genius of artists like Picasso, O’Keeffe, architect Frank Lloyd Wright and poet Bob Dylan. He loves art glass, Art Deco and pottery. Ron, who grew up in a small American town, also enjoys the vibrant, pulsating energy of big cities like New York, Toronto and Havana. His goals for the future include living outside his comfort zone, trying and doing whatever he was too afraid to try or do when he was young. . . and times were different.
Ron Cook was inspired by his high school art teacher, William “Scotty” MacCrea, to be authentic, to think independently, and to embrace and value the “different”. In search of an outlet for creative energy, Ron adopted abstract photography and assemblage as fields to explore. “With photography, I don’t cherish the technical aspects of shooting. To me, a photo is about the evoked emotional response, not the science and technology of the camera. I am looking for a photo that is interesting, pleasant, colorful or which makes a strong impression; one that has a visual or emotional impact. Serendipity is defined as “finding precious or pleasant things that are not wanted. If there was to be an art or photography school called “Serendipity”, this is where I would belong. An insightful quote comes from Walker Evans, famous photographer and documentary filmmaker of the Great Depression era: “… the photographer is a happy sensualist, for the simple reason that the eye traffics feelings, not thoughts. For me, this is the essence of abstract art. Hence the title of his exhibition, Serendipity: What Eye Saw.
Ron says that often the concept of an art project or a photo finds it … instead of pursuing a specific goal. Ninety-nine percent of the time, photography consists of snapshots documenting a fraction of a second in time. One percent of the time a photograph is a work of art and that, for Ron, is serendipitous. Since childhood, Ron has had a fascination and love affair with bright colors… oranges and greens, yellows and blues, reds, purples, pinks and neon lights. “They always make me happy and can make a Mexican holiday, a Chinese New Year any day!” “