June 12, 2010
Press Release - PAUL HENRY RAMIREZ

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Paul Henry Ramirez
Paul Henry Ramirez

June 11 through July 17, 2010
Opening reception with artist, Saturday evening,
June 19, 2010, 5:00-8:00 PM

David Richard Contemporary
130 Lincoln Avenue, Suite D, Santa Fe, NM 87501
p 505-983-9555 | f 505-983-1284 | www.DavidRichardContemporary.com

David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new work by Paul Henry Ramirez and the gallery’s inaugural show. Ramirez’s work is colorful, playful and whimsical while representing the human body and its functions through evocative abstract biomorphic and geometric forms that are sensual and suggestive. The exhibition introduces Ramirez’ first foray into ceramics as a medium, accompanying acrylic paintings and silkscreened installations that invite the collector to actively engage in the pieces.

The exhibition emphasizes Ramirez’s efforts to develop a universal language that represents the body in a way that is abstract and thus open to personal interpretations by the viewer. The Chunk series consists of three, six-foot-square acrylic paintings plus two smaller paintings where large portions of the canvas contain black or brown blocky figurative structures accompanied by explosions of straight lines of bright colors with soft round forms capping the ends. Two of the panels were part of a recent exhibition, “BLACKOUT: A Centennial Commission by Paul Henry Ramirez,” commissioned by The Newark Museum.

Related series consisting of smaller works with equally snappy titles and explorations into color and form include Swash, Punch and Naked. The latter are glazed ceramic vessels that are more figurative and sculptural, a new medium for Ramirez and reminiscent of his earlier work and installations.

The other half of the exhibition features installations, including three Spin silkscreens on linen. Bulbous structures in the center of the linen are surrounded by borders of brilliant pink, red or orange, and can be spun and uniquely arranged by the viewer. Another installation of 19 circular paintings on convex supports, called Paint Pours, looks like an explosion of whirling Frisbees. Each of the Paint Pours is sold individually or in groups to create one’s own installation, thus continuing Ramirez’s desire to have viewers actively engaged in his paintings and personalizing their own collections.

Born in 1963 in El Paso, Ramirez lives and works in the New York area. He has had 22 solo exhibitions, including numerous museum shows in New York, Paris, San Francisco, Newark, Houston, El Paso, Ridgefield and Charleston. His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions addressing abstraction, POP Surrealism, eroticism and the human body. Ramirez’s work may be found in public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, Hirshhorn Museum, Newark Museum, Austin Museum of Art, Kresge Art Museum, NASA, Progressive, and the El Paso Museum of Art.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a full-color catalog with an essay by Nancy Princenthal.

David Richard Contemporary is located in downtown Santa Fe north of the historic plaza. The gallery offers a range of important contemporary art with an emphasis on abstraction in a variety of media by established and emerging American and international contemporary artists.

Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 6 PM

For additional information please contact: David Eichholtz,
d@DavidRichardContemporary.com

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Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

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