Paul Henry Ramirez
December 1 - January 14, 2006
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During the month of December, the Rena Bransten Gallery will exhibit new paintings by New York based artist, Paul Henry Ramirez.
Paul Henry Ramirez' abstract paintings embody dynamic tension with a sexy exuberance. He combines flat stylized-squirty shapes, topographical grid-work, slinky spirals of filament, and swaying bulbous buds into a wild fusion of form and line. He creates positive and negative space using contrasting colors connected by precisely painted lines dividing the picture plane but also referencing shelves or vitrines. What he's showcasing in them are sensuous and strange organic arrangements that may be stylized phalluses, multicolor filigree or bodily abstractions. Interpretation is open as ambiguity is a delightfully recurring theme in Ramirez' work.
Ramirez was born in El Paso, Texas. Recent exhibitions include a site-specific installation at the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut that will run through 2006. His work is in their collection as well as several others including the Whitney Museum of American Art.