“I always felt like I was a different person depending on whom I was around, whether it be friends or family or whomever. It often felt unnatural, like a performance. Gradually, I realized that I had grown really skeptical of images and their supposed content, even images of myself. I just didn’t relate to them on the same level as I think a lot of people might. I was more interested in them for context or absurd moments than as mementos or reminders. And now, with the rise of digital photography, social networking and this blurring of reality, there is a real lack of emotional truth in many of these supposedly candid shots. I’m interested in using that look to create new images that do have emotional truth for me and so it is often necessary to obscure elements in order to make for a different experience from these rather ubiquitous images.” – Jeff Ramirez
Check out Arrested Motion’s full interview with Ramirez here:
‘Being There’ will showcase nine new oil paintings on wood panel from Ramirez. The digital preview for ‘Being There’ will be posted here tomorrow (Thurs, May 19th).
New oil paintings from Pakayla Rae Biehn and Jeff Ramirez
On view May 21st – June 3rd
Reception with the artists:
Sat, May 21st 6-8PM
Thinkspace / 6009 Washington Blvd. in Culver City, CA / www.thinkspacegallery.com