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Ron Rocco

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My art work employs a mix of technologies: collage, printmaking, video, sculpture, or performance and often entail an exploration of physical forms, or contexts, which impact the viewers experience of autobiographical and/or social-political themes.

Earlier work explored the activity of individuals in social settings. Body language and context were used to articulate social dynamics, or cultural phenomena, or reflect upon the dark humor or isolation of some settings. Other works focus on an American fascination with criminal behavior, policing and the courts, or in a different vein, on the transitory nature of life and human mortality.

I studied art at The State University of New York College at Purchase, and the nuts and bolts of computers and video at the Center for Advanced Visual Study at M.I.T.

I have participated in exhibitions at Amerika Haus and Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, P.S.1, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, in New York. I have been awarded New York. State Council on the Arts funding for Individual Artist Sponsored Projects as well as National Endowment for the Arts sponsorship, and awards in Sculpture and Printmaking from the New York Foundation for the Arts. My work is a part of the permanent collections of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; and the Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, Germany; and has had an installation commissioned by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, in New York.

My public art pieces are installed at a Bergen Light Rail Station in Jersey City, NJ, as well as in Seattle, WA through the Washington State Arts Council and Art in Public Places.

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