Juxtapoz Magazine - Bony Ramirez' "Cayman Tears"

A couple months in the past, when we spoke to Bony Ramirez on the Radio Juxtapoz podcast, we received the back again story of the sudden changeover in his lifestyle at the age of 13: the Dominican kid getting himself in suburban New Jersey with a new lifestyle. That on your own proves to be a brilliantly vivid put to get started when you start off to glance at the artist’s work. There is a longing and reminiscences at perform that appear to get sharper with age. As I wrote at the time, “His operate is about memory and remaking the DR in his head, a blend of folktales and his possess impressions, as well as a powerful sense of in which he came from and where by he exists now. His function also asks queries what it indicates to be a queer artist, what it signifies to address a portray like an item and how to undertaking a character with a sense of reconnecting with a heritage.”

Just opened this earlier weekend is Cayman Tears, Ramirez’ new solo display at François Ghebaly in Los Angeles. The display characteristics lots of of the hallmarks that he has been checking out, having 3-dimensional art and physicality to experimental degrees. The present features “6 performs executed on panel together with a sculptural installation of steel chains embellished with seashells, coconuts, and forged iron suspended from the gallery’s rafters, and a important new sculpture with a taxidermied bull at its centre, CAYMAN TEARS offers a extensive introduction to Bony Ramirez’s observe and a unusual window into Caribbean daily life.” The perform has daily life, it has a sense of touch that is unusual in a gallery location and at the heart of what Bony wishes you to experience. He needs you to immerse oneself in a memory that, if not your personal, is anything you can practically flavor and odor. —Evan Pricco

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