April 16 - May 28, 2016
Artist's Reception: April 16, 2016, 6-9pm
Show Catalog (pdf, 1.82 Mb)
Charlie James Gallery is delighted to present LA-based artist Ramiro Gomez in his third solo show with the gallery titled On Melrose opening Saturday, April 16th from 6-9pm. This show will feature Gomez’s largest show of painting and installation to date. Drawn from everyday scenes in Los Angeles, Gomez’s large-scale acrylic on canvas paintings will feature uniquely recognizable Melrose Avenue locations and their inhabitants. The Paul Smith Store, Paramount Studios, and Fred Segal are among the landmark locations to make appearances in the paintings. In the lead-up to the show, Gomez will be creating cardboard cutout pieces and placing them around some of these iconic Melrose Avenue locations. He will also present an ambitious painting installation in our basement project space titled “Melrose Avenue – Eastbound” – a series of paintings tracking the journey eastbound on Melrose Ave from West Hollywood to Hoover Street in Los Angeles proper.
Book Release – Signing: Lawrence Weschler’s new book on Ramiro Gomez titled Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez (Abrams) will be celebrated during the reception as well. Copies of the book will be available and Gomez will be signing.
Ramiro Gomez, born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California to undocumented Mexican immigrant parents who have since become US citizens. He briefly attended the California Institute for the Arts before leaving to take work as a live-in nanny with a West Hollywood family, an experience that did much to inform his artistic practice. In 2013 Gomez had his first solo exhibition at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and was also awarded with a residency to install a mural in West Hollywood Park, a project titled The Caretakers, which remains on view. In 2014 Gomez had his solo gallery debut at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, and went on to show widely across North America. In 2015 Gomez exhibited at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and again at Charlie James Gallery. Gomez’s work has been covered in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, and CNN. This spring Gomez will be having a third show at the Charlie James Gallery in conjunction with the publication of a monograph on his work by Lawrence Weschler (Abrams). Gomez lives and works in West Hollywood, California. He is represented by Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.