White Room: Ron AmstutzOctober 25–December 1, 2002 320 West 13th Street White Room
Ron Amstutz creates elaborate environments in his studio which are used as sites of performances, captured in photographs and video. These sites are extremely colorful, visually chaotic spaces through which the artist maneuvers dressed in a colorful patchwork costume. Often multiple versions of the same scene are created, with only the painted color of the space changing. For his White Room, Amstutz will present one such locality which the viewer can enter; a disorienting skewed room with two interior doors that bisect the space. Ambiguous in nature, this room resembles part-funhouse, part-movie set or stage for performance. Painted bands of color mirror one another and, at two distinct points in the room, come together to form geometric forms in the viewer’s eye. This will be Amstutz’s first solo exhibition. He holds an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BFA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.