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Paul Henry Ramirez: Fun in the Color
Jan 06-Feb 10
Paul Henry Ramirez Fun in the Color January 6 - February 10, 2018 Reception: Saturday, January 6, 4-6pm RYAN LEE is pleased to present Fun in the Color, an exhibition of new paintings, drawings and sculpture by Paul Henry Ramirez. Fun in the Color continues Ramirezs exploration of corporeal forms and processes via biogeomorphic abstractiona term he coined to describe his particular mix of hard-edged and figurative abstraction. Ramirez composes his immersive installations as he would a painting, using architecture and color to guide the viewer through space. The exhibition begins with an explosion of color produced by Ramirezs ebullient clusters of nearly 100 PaintPour paintings. Ranging in size from 8 to 40 inches in diameter, these convex round canvases present slick rings of saturated color that appear to be poured one into the next. While each is a discrete object, recalling the cellular, ocular or mammary, together they form radiating constellations that suggest the full range of infinitude from the microscopic to the galactic. The PaintPour has been an essential component of Ramirezs installations since it was introduced as part of the solo exhibition Space Addiction at the Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris in 2002. In his first site-specific installation at RYAN LEE, Ramirez combines his PaintPours with a 24-by-10-foot black and green mural. The bold, minimal wall painting evokes playful figural forms that seem to simultaneously caress and disperse the circular paintings. A second gallery space is dedicated to a dialogic installation of black and white drawings and sculpture. Ramirezs rich, velvety, black line drawings present linear looping shapes punctuated by round nodules, mimicking the formal vocabulary of the ceramic sculptures they are paired with. Though hard and solid, Ramirezs unglazed bisque-fired clay sculptures provide a soft, fleshy counterpart to the meandering yet graphic works on paper. Both series emerge organically, through a process of automatic drawing or sculpting each is a direct product of the artists hand realized without prior planning or sketching. Like the biological systems they reference, Ramirezs work across media remains interconnected through its fluidity and dynamism. Each component offers a complementary exploration of dimensionality, sensuality, form and space, while maintaining a spirit of playful provocation. Fun in the Color provides a respite from the cold uncertainty of both the current seasonal and political climates, offering a pulsating escape into exuberance, sensation and hue. For press inquiries, please contact Bridget Casey at bridget@ryanleegallery.com or 212-397-0742.