(St. Moritz, Switzerland)—Vito Schnabel Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of work by Ron Gorchov titled "Concord". The exhibition is the first solo presentation of the artist’s work in Switzerland, and will feature new paintings alongside works from the 1980s. The artist was the subject of the first solo exhibition that Schnabel curated in 2005. At that time, Gorchov’s work had not been presented in over a decade, and the show led to a resurgent interest in the artist’s work, including a solo exhibition the following year at MoMA PS1.
Gorchov is best known for helping to spearhead the shaped canvas movement with his bowed wooden frames, resembling saddles or shields, stretched with linen or canvas and marked with simple shapes of thin paint providing chromatic contrasts. As part of a group of artists in New York in the 1960s and ‘70s including Frank Stella, Richard Tuttle, Blinky Palermo and Ellsworth Kelly, Gorchov pushed painting to its extreme, defying Greenbergian formalism. Becoming a sort of hybrid between painting and sculpture, the warped edges of Gorchov’s canvases create new dimensions and depth, disorienting the viewer’s perception.
Robert Storr wrote “[Gorchov] uses simple paired strokes to create images that play with asymmetry within a basically symmetrical design, creating his emblematic doubled or mirrored image.” (“Missing in Action: Robert Storr on Ron Gorchov.” Artforum Sept. 2005).