Ron Mehlmans sculptures combine ancient stone and
industrial materials to create a balanced union of modernism and naturalism.
The juxtaposition of polished onyx and stone intermixed with layers
of sheet glass and steel allows Mehlman to place ancient geology into
a contemporary context.
By blending the artists hand with the natural formation of the stone, Mehlman incidentally adds several contrasting elements to the composition of his pieces. With the precision of a jeweler, he merges straight cuts and defined angles with the natural curves and cracks of the rock. Selected areas of each stone are carefully smoothed and polished while others are left jagged revealing years of weather and mineral collection. The stone is often interrupted by layers of glass or steel, creating a contrast of the natural and man-made that is reminiscent of architectural constructivism and results in a balanced, tranquil harmony.