Enrique Ramírez: Un Hombre Que Camina

Un Hombre Que Camina
Enrique Ramírez
1 septiembre 2018-11 noviembre 2018

“Soy del sur”, como dice una canción escrita allí, así que todo lo veo desde el sur, aunque viva en el norte. Mi trabajo es de crear visiones, mundos que llevan al imaginario poético y político a un lugar común entre ellos. Vengo de un mundo cercado por la cordillera de un lado, y del otro bañado a lo largo por el mar.

Cuando pienso en una obra pienso el tiempo de las migraciones masivas, el colapso aparente de las distancias por la comunicación instantánea y la vorágine de imágenes en la que vivimos.

Es quizá esta paradoja—el hecho de que la ausencia del viajero no borre su presencia— la que explica la importancia de lo sublime en la relación entre el mar, el viaje y las visiones.

Soy un artista que cree que la velocidad de caminar o subir a un barco a vela es la velocidad real en este mundo, soy un artista que quiere que las obras sanen, lloren, que respiren, que hagan pensar. Soy un artista que busca tomar riesgos en su trabajo, como en la vida misma.

Cuando construyo una imagen, pienso lo que no se ve de ella, en el fuera de campo, lo que está detrás del muro, dentro de una máscara. Todo lo que cobra sentido solo si intentas imaginar, ahí donde la poesía se encuentra con una imagen real, ahí donde un océano se encuentra en el precipicio del horizonte real. Ahí donde también, el espectador que se enfrenta a mis imágenes, pueda sentirse dentro de su propia realidad y llevar su propia experiencia a viajar por mis historias. Por eso creo visiones, porque la historia no quiere mar, la historia quiere certidumbres y respuestas. Para las respuestas el arte no existe, sino para hacerse preguntas, para plantear ideas, para ver el mundo desde otro lugar.

Enrique Ramírez

Paris, noviembre 2016

ACERCA DEL ARTISTA

Enrique Ramírez nació en 1979 en Santiago de Chile. Desde 2010, vive y trabaja entre París (Francia) y Santiago (Chile). Estudió la música popular y el cine en Chile antes de unirse al posgrado en arte contemporáneo y nuevos medios de Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains (Tourcoing, Francia). En 2014 ganó el premio Découverte des Amis du Palais de Tokyo, París, Francia. Desde entonces ha expuesto en Le Palais de Tokyo, Centro Pompidou, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton, Francia, Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, Francia. En América Latina, Museo Amparo, Puebla, México; Museo de la Memoria, Santiago; Centro Cultural MATTA, Embajada de Chile en Argentina, Buenos Aires, entre otras.

En 2017, la obra de Enrique Ramírez es expuesta en la Biennale di Venezia en la exposición “Arte Viva Arte”, curada por Christine Macel.

Su trabajo combina el vídeo, la fotografía, las instalaciones y las narraciones poéticas. Enrique Ramírez aprecia las historias dentro de historias, las ficciones solapando países y épocas, el espejismo entre el sueño y la realidad. Este artista chileno, que vive y trabaja entre Chile y Francia, a menudo utiliza la imagen y el sonido para construir una profusión de intrigas y ocupar el equilibrio entre lo poético y lo político. Sus mundos imaginarios están unidos a un elemento obsesivo: su pensamiento comienza con el mar, un espacio para la memoria en perpetuo movimiento, un espacio para proyecciones narrativas donde el destino de Chile se cruza con grandes narraciones de viaje, conquista y flujos migratorios. Sus imágenes líquidas hablan del resplandor de una verdad en vuelo permanente, el retroceso de la historia, siempre repitiéndose y nunca el mismo.

Está representado por la galería Michel Rein (París / Bruselas) y Die Ecke (Santiago).

Enrique Ramírez: Un Hombre Que Camina

Un Hombre Que Camina
Enrique Ramírez
September 1 – November 11, 2018

image of man standing in lake wearing black pants, a yellow short and an ornate mask

Enrique Ramírez: Un hombre Que Camina | September 1 – November 11, 2018

“I’m from the south”, as a song written there says, so I see everything from the south, even if I live in the north. My job is to create visions, worlds that lead the poetic and political imaginary to a common place among them. I come from a world surrounded by the mountain range on one side, and the other bathed along the sea. When I think of a work I think about the time of massive migrations, the apparent collapse of distances by instantaneous communication and the vortex of images in which we live.

It is perhaps this paradox-the fact that the traveler’s absence does not erase his presence-that explains the importance of the sublime in the relationship between the sea, travel and visions. I am an artist who believes that the speed of walking or boarding a sailboat is the real speed in this world. I am an artist who wants works to heal, cry, breathe, makes people think. I am an artist who seeks to take risks in my work, as in life itself.

When I build an image, I think what is not seen of it, in the off-screen, what is behind the wall, inside a mask. Everything that will make sense only if you try to imagine; where poetry meets a real image; where an ocean is on the precipice of the real horizon. There, too, the spectator who faces my images can feel inside their own reality and bring their own experience to travel through my stories. That is why I believe visions, because history does not want sea, history wants certainty and answers. For the answers, art does not exist, but to ask questions, to pose ideas, to see the world from another place.

Enrique Ramírez

Paris, November 2016

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Enrique Ramírez was born in 1979 in Santiago de Chile. Since 2010, he lives and works between Paris (France) and Santiago (Chile). He studied popular music and cinema in Chile before joining the postgraduate master in contemporary art and new media of Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains (Tourcoing, France). In 2014 he won the discovery price of Les Amis du Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France. He has since exposed in some major places as Le Palais de Tokyo, Centre Pompidou, Espace Culturel Louis Vuitton or le 104), France (le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire) and in Central and South America (Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico ; Museo de la memoria, Santiago ; Centro Cultural MATTA, Embajada de Chile en Argentina, Buenos Aires). In 2017, he is invited to the 57th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia curated by Christine Macel.

Enrique Ramírez’s work combines video, photography, installations and poetic narratives. Ramírez appreciates stories within stories, fictions straddling countries and epochs, the mirages between dream and reality. This Chilean artist, who lives and works between Chile and France, often uses image and sound to construct a profusion of intrigues and to occupy the equilibrium between the poetic and the political. His imaginary worlds are attached to one obsessional element—his thinking starts with the sea, a space for memory in perpetual movement, a space for narrative projections where the fate of Chile intersects with grand narratives of voyage, conquest and migratory flows. His liquid images speak of the sparkle of a truth in permanent flight, the backwash of history, always repeating and never the same.

He is represented by the gallery Michel Rein (Paris/Brussels) and Die Ecke (Santiago).

Dylan Mira: Black Hole Notes on the Oriented Strand Board

Dylan Mira
Black Hole Notes on the Oriented Strand Board
August 4, 2018
7-10pm

Man and young girl looking at bucket with fog coming out

(image credits: Duty-Free, 2018, Ultrasonic misters, Mugwort, Poppy, Gingko, Plantain, Karen Huber Gallery, CDMX, MX)

 

A performance in association with the exhibition Kim Zumpfe: outside the length of a room | OR | diving into the blue sun

Industrial humidifiers are filled with an infusion of plants traditionally related to dreams, memory, and repair. As mist moves through the black hole blue sun, poetry sounds a response from another time.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Dylan Mira records affect and accident. Her recent projects have been presented at sites including Participant Inc., New York (2018); Seoul Museum of Art, South Korea (2018); Park View/Paul Soto, Brussels (2018); Karen Huber Gallery, Mexico City (2018); LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (2017); LAXART, Los Angeles (2016); Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016); Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2016); Artist Curated Projects, Los Angeles (2015); and Performa, New York (2015). She dropped out of high school and graduated with a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

A GREAT FIRST SATURDAY IN JULY!

We had a great First Saturday in July, marking the opening of new projects by artists Lucas Murgida and Nery Gabriel Lemus; a performance by laub and collaborators in association with the current exhibition by artist Kim Zumpfe; and our continuing exhibition by artist Sergio De La Torre.

Our sincere thanks to all who attended and engaged with our programs.

Here are some images from the evening for you to enjoy…

performance by laub

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Nery Gabriel Lemus: Yearning to Breathe Free

Nery Gabriel Lemus
Yearning to Breathe Free
July 7 – September 16, 2018

 

Immigrants leave the place they call home to seek a better life – to escape from a life lived in poverty, gang violence, scarcity, and political turmoil. These situations create a location of stress that metaphorically feels like one can’t breathe, as when one loses a loved one and feels like their lungs cannot hold air.

Yearning to Breathe Free delves into immigration through the lens of “The New Colossus,” a sonnet originally written by American poet Emma Lazarus in 1883 to raise money for the construction of a pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. The sonnet depicts a mighty woman that lights the way for refugees and immigrants seeking shelter, highlighting her desire to embrace such individuals as a mother would her children; Lazarus calls her the “Mother of Exiles.”

Through a series of highly detailed watercolor paintings, sculptures, and rugs, Lemus’s work explores the terrain that immigrants traverse on their journey(s) into the United States – the points of arrival and the beginning of new possible dreams.

Migration is a step to breathe free.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Nery Gabriel Lemus was born in Los Angeles in 1977. The subjects in his work range from issues of stereotype, division, and immigration to problems in society that can lead to the failure of families, such as poverty, abuse, and neglect. Lemus received his BFA at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California (2007) and his MFA at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California (2009). Lemus also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine (2008).

His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA; The Bindery Projects, Minneapolis, MN; Project Row Houses, Houston, TX. Group exhibitions include, Taste Makers & Earthshakers, Vince Price Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Fútbol: The Beautiful Game, LACMA, Los Angeles, CA; Made in L.A. 2012, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Day by Day, The 9.99 Gallery, Guatemala City, Guatemala; OZ: New Offerings From Angel City, Museo Regional Guadalajara, Jalisco; Common Ground, California African-American Museum, Los Angeles, CA.  He is a recipient of a California Community Foundation Fellowship, a COLA Fellowship Grant from the Department of Cultural Affairs, Los Angeles, and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Fellowship Award. He is represented by Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at Azusa Pacific University.

 

laub: Voice(full) – A participation within the liminality of becoming

Voice(full): A participation within the liminality of becoming
A performance by laub
in association with the exhibition by Kim Zumpfe
Saturday, July 7th from 7-10pm

abstract painting in gold and black

In the artists own words… I will be using the voice as a means to gather and disperse particulates of human potential. Kim’s exhibition will serve as a platform of an in between, or of a non-space – the exposed wall, the skeletal remains of the couch, the sleepiness of the crawl space – speaking towards the potential of liminality. The voice will radiate, suffocate, meditate and penetrate the space and its listeners moving in and out of emptiness and fullness and being and becoming.  It will be a durational piece for the entirety of the artwalk, incorporating silence and breath, tonal expressions, screams and melodic singing.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

laub is an artist living and working in Los Angeles using glass, video, drawing, performance, and music. He pulls traditions from an idealist, southern, Christian upbringing and meshes this with a colorful, queer, angst to construct and deconstruct patterns of Utopia. laub graduated with an MFA in Glass from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012 and with a BFA in Craft/Material studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2008. He studied Design at Bornholm School of Glass and Ceramics in Denmark in 2009. Throughout the exhibition Kim Zumpfe: outside the length of a room I OR I diving into the blue sun, the artist and Grand Central Art Center will host a series of performances that directly respond to the concepts and environment of the installation space.

Open Auditions for Artists-in-Residence Project

Audition
How might we sing our way through transformation of place? 
Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere 
 
@ Grand Central Art Center
July 9 & 10, 2018
11am – 2pm & 6pm – 9pm
 
Looking for VOCALISTS and MUSICIANS to perform on camera for an artist video
Audition announcements with text for upcoming project

During the summer of 2017, while artists-in-residence at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA, Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere began research toward a new project that builds upon their interests combining time-based media with songwriting, vocalizing, and civic participation.

They began their process with the question: How might we sing our way through the transformation of place?

While in-residence Nevarez and Tevere learned stories of spaces in Santa Ana, both inhabited and boarded up, of immigrant-owned entities that passed through generations only to be pushed out by rising rents and revitalization plans. Downtown Santa Ana, historically a thriving commercial area catering primarily to Mexican and recent immigrant communities, is now shifting its identity for potential newcomers. The stories of Santa Ana are the stories of Sunset Park in Brooklyn, of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, of Pilsen in Chicago – neighborhoods where real estate speculation supersedes communities.

With this in mind, Nevarez and Tevere have written a song.

The artists invite Santa Ana residents to join in this multi-layered work. Auditions for musicians and vocalists will be held on July 9th and 10th, 2018. Looking for amateurs and professionals alike.

For more information, please contact: nevareztevere@gmail.com