Gabriel Ramos
From the artist:

My work involves the construction of abstracted compositions aligned to a fusion of
tropical landscape elements, architecture, and various other representational components. Concepts of fragility, the ephemeral quality of home with related memories are important factors in the process that results in my artwork. The inspiration for these constructions is primarily drawn from childhood memories of my home in Puerto Rico. My work references a fragmented imaginary space that is layered, anomalous and uncanny; a place that is surreal, fragile, ephemeral, familiar yet abstracted and only accessible through the investigation of remote details and signifiers.

The exploits of the line become both matters of fact and essentialized in my recent works. The line does not lose its identity when it is transformed. The line will always be the line. In curves, in a spiral, as a scribble, as a shape or simply straight, it never loses its identity. It is the visual conduit that helps us follow and understand form, perspective, and space. Its transformation becomes evidence of an act, frozen in time. The line for me is the vehicle for invention. With a simple line my world is transformed. A single line can make you doubt your reality. A line can have an infinite number of configurations. Within my work gravity determines how the line is presented but the use of a material such as wire challenges it. El garabato or in English “the doodle” portrays an automatic sense of failure. However “the doodle” also exemplifies the potentiality of the line in humor and action. The line depicts form but also the behavior associated with the form. The curled end of a straight line allows for the perception of an animated state. When viewed in context the line expresses personality and may elicit several ideas to reference reasons for the curl at its endpoint. Is it fear? Or is it independence? The line, in a “where is Waldo” sense provides a simple scenario for the viewer to follow in time travel encounters of the line and how that meandering concludes, in abstract or other more intimate terms.