Reception: FORMATIONS | New Works by Robert Ramos | A Solo Exhibition

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GAS Gallery And Studio presents new works by Robert Ramos in a solo exhibition titled FORMATIONS. The show of new work is ON VIEW through November 29th, with a scheduled ARTIST RECEPTION on Saturday November 17th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

"I have always been fascinated with the the internal workings of all things mechanical and architectural. From pinball machines, to clocks, and the working of gears, unlocking the puzzle of movement has taken me from traditional two dimensional painting, to a fanciful exploration of my earlier architectonic paintings. Deconstructing surface images, to reveal the structure that lies beneath them lets me break down a static image into layers, which when viewed from different angles, changes the structure of the painting. The interplay of light and shadow is also an important component to my work. I like to see just how much depth I can imply in a relatively shallow space. By floating elements of line and color against each other, I can create dense, color rich dioramas evocative of the mechanical workings that intrigue me.

My most recent experimentations have included the use of cut vellum to produce a more minimal contrast to my normally brighter palette. These works are what I like to consider three-dimensional line drawings. The translucent quality of the paper allows pencil, or ink, to stay on the surface as a delicate line, and the shadows that flow through the cuts to create the impression of a second mark on the background where none exists. These differ from the color saturated pieces in that they are almost completely dependent on light to "finish" them."

- Robert Ramos

Robert Ramos has been a professional artist for over twenty-five years, and has been part of many solo and group shows in New York and New Jersey. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Newark Museum, as well as the corporate collections of IBM, AT&T, Nabisco and the New York Stock Exchange. Past commissions include work for Lee Iacocca and Lawrence Grossman, with several large-scale sculptures created for a multitude of corporate headquarters throughout the east coast. In addition to his fine art career, Mr. Ramos is often sought as a consultant for residential art installations and space planning for clients with important art collections.

For the past five years, Mr. Ramos has served as the gallery director and curator for ARTS UNBOUND in Orange New Jersey. Working closely with the director of education, Robert has worked to create a schedule of exhibits tailored to the specific needs of artists with disabilities while at the same time offering advice on presentation, framing and marketing to help further advance the artists careers through developing their promotional skills.

As part of his involvement with ARTS UNBOUND, Robert has designed and directed the opening of two retail "pop-up" holiday stores in Maplewood New Jersey, which helped expand awareness and brand identity of the gallery and craft sections of its location to a much larger audience. Robert Ramos studied at Parsons School of Design and The New York School of Interior Design. This is Mr. Ramos' first solo exhibition at GAS Gallery And Studio.


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