The gallery's inaugural exhibition, Cecilia Paredes & Chuck Ramirez: Photographing Identity, opens May 3 and runs through June 15, 2019.
Patricia Ruiz-Healy, Ph.D. states “we see the gallery's New York City location as an expansion to our current program that will grant us the ability to further engage institutions, art professionals and collectors. We are thrilled to have the ability to continue the gallery's mission of supporting emerging and established artists that predominantly address social issues and identity. ” The opening exhibition features the work of Cecilia Paredes and Chuck Ramirez (1962-2010). Working within issues of identity, both artists use photography to confront fundamental questions regarding the human condition.
As a San Antonio-based artist and graphic designer, Chuck Ramirez processed and deconstructed the media world in which he lived in. Using typography and digital imaging technology, Ramirez isolated and worked to recontextualize familiar objects to explore the transitory nature of human existence. As an HIV positive artist, he addressed contemporary culture as well as margins of American culture, including the Mexican-American and queer experience. Originally from Lima, Peru, and based in Philadelphia since the early 2000s, Cecilia Paredes combines themes found in nature- origins, camouflage, transformation, and her body- to acquire multiple identities through a blend of sculptural recreations and photography. The artist works on the theme of building her own identification with the part of the world where she lives or where she feels she can call home.