Ron Horsley is a second year Master of Fine Arts candidate at Columbus College of Art & Design. He has practiced art and freelance graphics professionally for several years. To add to his skills, Ron is an acclaimed author of various stories, essays, and novels. He started his master’s work at CCAD during the fall of 2014. A children’s novel written prior to graduate school was the foundation Ron built for his first year project. His goal was to completely illustrate the novel, “Beyond the Grass Ocean.” To help the production of the novel, Ron successfully raised money through a Kickstarter campaign. His hard work and determination led him to reaching his goal of fully illustrating the novel in the spring of 2015. Ron’s unique take on his surroundings helped fuel the imaginative characters, places, and themes presented in “Beyond the Grass Ocean.”
Ron began his second year of graduate school with new ideas and questions. He was no longer focused on his novel. He decided to delve deeper into his unconscious mind. Spanning many years throughout his life, Ron has been creating doodles as a part of a fixed state of unconsciousness. As a kid, he did not consider these doodles as anything more than just doodles. Ron would exhaustively engage in this act until he ran out of space or the zoned out state was immersed in was interrupted. In recent times, Ron has come to the realization these drawings are a coping mechanism to his diagnosed high function autism. He is determined to connect the unconscious with his conscious self. What was created as a result of lapses in time, are now being preserved on various materials to hopefully climax at some conclusion as to why the shapes are being generated.
Ron attempted to take these unconscious drawings, usually found on everyday objects likes napkins, to a computer generated three-dimensional platform. He even toyed with the idea of having physical representations of his doodles connected together while suspended in space. As an audience, the new variations of his classic doodles did not have the same visual impact as the raw, unedited versions that came first.
Ron decided to maintain the original creation of rectangular, two-dimensional frames he refers to as “semi-conscious ‘fugue state’ drawings.” The result is a continuous 3D illusion with patterns made of rectangular frames floating on a flat surface. The shapes meander on the surface as some collide and even interlock. The illustrated works resemble Maurits Cornelis Escher’s “Relativity” created in 1953 with a modern flare of urban graffiti art.
In a few of his more recent sketches, Ron has brought other shapes into the pieces while staying consistent with his use of black ink on various white surfaces. The new designs are clearly the bridge between the traditional unconscious fixed artifacts and the newly visited conscious mind.
I no doubt believe we have not seen the full spectrum of these illustrated patterns. Ron is in constant pursuit of finding the perfect medium to convey his dreamlike states of doodling to his audience. With many strengths, his work will definitely tether his storytelling abilities with his passion for illustration. I look forward to viewing the evolution of Ron Horsley’s work as his final year of graduate school comes to a close.
To learn more about Ron’s work and his process please visit http://midnightersclub.com/blog/blog/
As part of the second-year graduates’ Thesis Projects I course, candidates were each assigned two of their cohort to review. As students begin writing their thesis papers and constructing artist statements, this review process proves to be beneficial twofold. Students not only exercise their written critique skills, but are able to read about their own project from other voices. Over the next few weeks we’ll be posting these reviews, so be sure to visit regularly for insights and photos of the second years’ progress!