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Visual Artist Series Continues With Sculptor Presentation

PLATTSBURGH, NY __ Sculptor Ronald Gonales will give a presentation on Monday, September 20 as part of this year's Visual Artist Series at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh.

The presentation, which is free and open to all, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Cardinal Lounge in the Angell College Center. 

Gonales has created numerous individual pieces, group sculptures, indoor assemblages and outdoor environments during the past 15 years. He began making sculptures in his late teens. His early work consisted of small, hand-held sculpture and reliefs in cast plaster. Today, Gonales is highly inventive in his use of materials such as plaster, wax, carbon, tar, bones and cloth combined with natural elements. He is fascinated with achieving transitional emotional states where his pieces become integrated with their environment or the objects attached to them.

"I've always been incredibly attracted to contrasts. Creation and destruction are most deeply felt when they are integrated," said Gonales. "Only by making a body physically through materials and the process of sculpture can I express sense of emotion and human presence needed to connect moments of coming into being with elements of decay and dissolution."   

Gonales received his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he now teaches.

The Visual Arts Series is sponsored by the Student Association and the Campus Arts Council.

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