Gods for Future Religions by Ho Baron
Surreal Sculpture by Ho Baron

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Ho Baron has devoted 30 years to creating his collection of intuitively modeled sculptures that firmly establish him as a visionary artist. In Gods for Future Religions, the artist weaves a story of a mythical kingdom where his surreal sculptures play Jungian archetypal roles. Seventy sculptures are boldly and beautifully displayed along with his lively interpretation of his imagery. His personal anecdotes, observations and artist's story enhance his narrative as he unveils the steps of his visionary creative growth. The 119 color and black-and-white illustrations also highlight samples of his earlier pen-and-ink drawings and experimental drawing on his photographs. Written for a general audience, this title will appeal to all readers with imagination. Baron's earlier work, El Paso: A Hoverview, is in public, academic and art libraries across the country. With line drawings in the skies of cityscapes, the work is an experimental photographic exploration of his hometown. Now with Gods for Future Religions, Baron focuses on his surreal reliefs and three-dimensional sculpture, allegorically interpreting them into a worldly fable. Raised in El Paso on the Mexican border, after receiving his MA in English Baron taught in the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Ethiopia in the 1960's. He later settled in Antwerp, Belgium as the resident photographer in a cartoonists' collective. In the late 70's, Baron returned to the US and began his studies in sculpture, first at the Philadelphia College of Art and later at the University of Texas. His sculpture has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Mexico and in public art venues. He is a retired librarian/instructor and a full-time artist.
 

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Raised in El Paso on the Mexican border, after receiving his MA in English, Baron taught in the Peace Corps in Nigeria and Ethiopia in the 1960's. He later settled in Antwerp, Belgium as the resident photographer in a cartoonists' collective. In the late 70's, Baron returned to the US and began his studies in sculpture, first at the Philadelphia College of Art and later at the University of Texas. Baron traveled the continents and grew in his personal expression from writing into the visuals arts, photography, pen and ink drawing and painting, to eventually creating more than 300 narrative bronze and cast stone figures. His creations exemplify Karl Jung's theories of the universal creative unconscious, and they are metaphors that emulate the mythologies and commonalities of our species. His sculpture has been widely exhibited in museums and galleries in the US and Mexico and in public art venues. A satirist, Baron coins his collective work "Gods for Future Religions." Additionally, Baron produced a "new music" radio show for the local NPR station for seven years and published an occasional satirical newspaper El Paso Lampoon. His earlier photo art book El Paso: A Hoverview is in art library collections around the country. Baron has served on the City of El Paso Public Art Committee and the Board of the Texas Society of Sculptors. He is a retired adjunct librarian/instructor and a full-time artist.
 
Published December 1, 2012 by Gallant Link. 96 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography.

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They are presented variously in cast reliefs, cement and rebar sculpture, and early line drawings on black-and-white photographs, but Baron’s favorite medium is the less ephemeral bronze, since, he writes, “who knows, they may just have immortality.” After encountering some resistance from neighb...

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