Fun in the Color continues Ramirez’s exploration of corporeal forms and processes via biogeomorphic abstraction—a term he coined to describe his particular mix of hard-edged and gurative abstraction.
Ramirez composes his immersive installations as he would a painting, using architecture and color to guide the viewer through space. e exhibition begins with an explosion of color produced by Ramirez’s 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 in nitude from the microscopic to the galactic. e PaintPour has been an essential component of Ramirez’s installations since it was introduced as part of the solo exhibition Space Addiction at the Whitney Museum at Phillip Morris in 2002. In his rst site-speci c installation at RYAN LEE, Ramirez combines his PaintPours with a 24-by-10-foot black and green mural. e bold, minimal wall painting evokes playful gural 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. Ramirez’s 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. ough hard and solid, Ramirez’s unglazed bisque- red clay sculptures provide a so , eshy 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 artist’s hand realized without prior planning or sketching.
Like the biological systems they reference, Ramirez’s work across media remains interconnected through its uidity and dynamism. Each component o ers 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, o ering a pulsating escape into exuberance, sensation and hue.