In writing this blog, I’m always on the look out for artists to admire. One of my new favorites is Ross Bonafanti – whose work was brought to my attention by his gallery.
ABOVE: Ross Bonfanti, Power Struggle, 2016, concrete, toy parts,extension cord, 10 x 9 x 12 inches
Shortly after arriving in Washington D.C., I was contacted by the Rebecca Hossack Gallery in New York City, and asked if I would be interested in writing a brief post about Toronto based sculptor Ross Bonfanti – whose work is currently on display in their gallery. Although, at the time, I was unfamiliar with him, I did a quick web search, and was intrigued.
A graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCAD University), Ross Bonfanti has been exhibiting regularly since the mid-nineties, and since the early 2000’s, he’s been exhibiting more and more outside of Canada. Looking at his CV, you’re left with the impression that his career is on the rise. His success is well deserved.
To better describe his work, here is a quote from the Rebecca Hossack website:
“Bonfanti’s concreatures are created from cement, hardware materials and found soft toys, all collected in the artist’s native Toronto. But even as he redefines their sumptuous bodies and studs them with nails and screws, Bonfanti deliberately retains the toys’ fluffy seams, their felt noses and their glass eyes. The sculptures stand in a striking state of in-between: Fortified for modernity and urbanity, the charm of a bygone age still lingers.”
Although I will not be able to catch his current show, I’ll be sure to check him out when he arrives back in Toronto. For those in the NYC area, you should check him out now.
Ross Bonfanti: No Hard Feelings will be at the Rebbeca Hossack Gallery until May 15, 2016. You can find more information here.