Bonfoey presents Ron Barron: Gleanings


In Spring, 2016, The Bonfoey Gallery (1710 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland) will exhibit the works of Ron Barron. The exhibition, Gleanings, will be on view in our street level and lower gallery from March 4th – April 2nd, 2016. An opening reception with the artist and the launch party for the Spring issue of CAN Journal will be held at the gallery, Friday, March 4th from 5 – 8 pm. Come support local art and artists along with the newest edition of the CAN Journal.

Most artists create as a response to the world around them. Ron Barron has gone a different route and is making the world respond to him, directly manipulating it so others may experience his world in a new way. Barron began his scanning projects in late 2010 with trash gleaned from the gutters, streets, and parks of Manhattan. He meticulously arranged the discarded items on a scanner bed, sometimes going through as many as forty different compositions with the same elements, to create large and small scaled abstractions. Through this method his Trashcans series was born. His latest body of work, Adrift, is a series of large scaled abstractions of the flotsam and jetsam that comes ashore from Lake Erie and Long Island. For Gleanings, prints from the Adrift and Trashcans series will be exhibited. He has collected what man and earth has discarded and made it beautiful again.

In 2012, Barron was given a solo show at The Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio. The exhibition titled, Trashcans, was presented in two installments of thirty works in the Butler’s Beecher Center South Wing, Novak Gallery. A film by Richard Hahn and Megan Barron that documents the artist’s process and the evolution of the project accompanied the exhibition and will be showing at Bonfoey’s for the duration of the show.

After receiving his BFA from Carnegie Mellon in 1959, Barron worked as professional dancer, a school teacher, a television director, a public television executive, an inner-city public school administrator, a personal manager in the music business in Los Angeles, a record producer, a concert producer in Manhattan, and in 2009, life finally allowed him to become a full time artist. Barron considers himself a neo-Dadaist with undertones of Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism.

For more information about Ron Barron – Gleanings, or other upcoming exhibitions, please contact The Bonfoey Gallery at 216.621.0178, or visit our website, For more information about the CAN Journal, check them out at