Very excited to have some new sculptures in this exhibition:

Overloaded
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 9, 4 pm–7 pm 
Exhibition runs: January 9–February 13 
Where: 
K Gallery, Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda
Info: info@rhythmix.org | (510) 865-5060

The artists featured in Overloaded respond to the frenzied realities of the Information Age with translations of the everyday that mix synthetic materials, pop culture references, a desire for human connection, and the beauty of surfaces. From the expansive to the pared back, from the interactive to the layered, their works explore cultural histories, family narratives, intracellular processes, personal transformation, and field notes and color studies on friendship. Additional ephemera from each artist’s studio provides context and insight into their practices, as well as a reflection on how they filter the world through a distinctive artistic lens. With a reading from New York Times Magazine critic-at-large Wesley Morris on “The Year We Obsessed Over Identity.”

Pictured: Sydney Cohen, afternoon is the loveliest word (Language of the Alchemy of Friendship), acrylic on panel, 4” x 4”, 2014, Courtesy the artist.

Excited to be a part of this show:
January 28 - February 26, 2015
Frank M. Doyle Art Pavilion
Orange Coast College
2701 Fairview Road
Costa Mesa, CA 92628




Will they believe us now?, 2014
Ceramic, Acrylic Paint
H14" x W12" x D5"

A LOT Initiative

 
Untitled (Monument for Downtown Long Beach), 2013
Clay, Wood, Wire
H8' x W9' x D15'


A LOT is a community-wide initiative presented by the Arts Council for Long Beach in collaboration with partners throughout the City of Long Beach, California. A LOT seeks to broaden audience and artist engagement, linking arts and culture with local neighborhoods. Through music, dance, theatre and numerous other art forms, A LOT presents free arts experiences on vacant lots in traditionally underserved areas of the city through the end of August 2014. Our hope is that Long Beach will become just a bit smaller and more intimate, drawing residents together to celebrate the City’s rich culture. Mark your calendars, grab your friends and family, and get ready for a good time!

The A LOT experience in Long Beach will add to the national conversation about creative placemaking. As the City’s arts agency whose mission is to foster creativity and culture, enlivening communities and enabling a thriving economy, the Arts Council is honored to be leading this initiative. Founded in 1976 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and governed by a local board of directors, the Arts Council believes the vibrant art scene makes Long Beach a premiere destination for residents, businesses, students and visitors.


A LOT was made possible by a grant from the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) received by the Arts Council. 

Community Creates at the Palo Alto Art Center

 

Untitled (Monument for Palo Alto), 2012-2013
Clay, Wood, Wire, Video Game
H10' x W16' x D12' 

From PAAC press release: 

“My work is a collision of pop culture and cultural heritage. I draw from 1980s video games, Mesoamerican architecture, and
Minimalism to make sculpture that refers to times of transition and change. I use clay as a material to create a slippage between the digital age and the ancient: high tech and low.”
       —Carlos Ramirez

Carlos Ramirez creates sculptures and installations that he calls “monuments in progress.” For his Untitled (Monument for Palo Alto), Carlos created a wood structure that makes reference to Mesoamerican architecture. Leading up to and during the opening celebration on October 6, Carlos will work with the community to cast red clay tiles that will be placed on the structure. Over the course of the exhibition, the unfired tiles will shrink, crack, and decay—slowly turning into their own ruins.

To create the imagery on the tiles, Carlos worked closely with youth at the East Palo Alto Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula in East Palo Alto and the Center for the New Generation. He explored symbols with the youth, then they worked to create imagery for the tiles, using the pixelated style that recalls 1980s video games—a reference to our own Silicon Valley. The tile form not only creates associations to the use of clay in Mesoamerican cultures, but also in Mexican and Spanish revival architecture visible throughout Palo Alto and California.

With Untitled (Monument for Palo Alto), Carlos asks us, “what do we value and honor in society enough to create a monument for”

Special limited-edition prints by Carlos Ramirez focused on imagery from the project are available in The Gallery Shop.

Palo Alto Art Center Opening Video

Working Conditions at Southern Exposure


Digital Dirt, 2011-2012
Clay, Wood, Wire, Video Game
H7' x W12' x D11'


From SoEx press release:   

Carlos Ramirez’s Digital Dirt is an interactive retro play-space where visitors are asked to help the artist by producing clay tiles using molds. Ramirez uses recycled clay, which visitors can shape into ‘pixels’ to compose a structure based on an ancient Mayan ball court. They can also play a game of Donkey Kong, and participate in gaming tournaments on Wednesdays, to win gold, silver, and bronze awards. His project is a monument-in-progress at the intersection of leisure and manual labor, traditional culture and gamer futurism. Over the course of the project, the clay surface of the ball court will be shaped over a chicken wire and wood armature, underscoring the invisible acts of labor behind both ancient Mayan athletic architecture and 80’s video games. The unfinished clay surfaces will slowly dry and crack over time; a tweaking of the geek-chic aesthetic fueling 80’s and 90’s nostalgia and the finish fetish of hard-edged Minimalist forms.
 
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