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Vincent Ramos

Bio

Vincent Ramos (b. 1973 Santa Monica) explores history through the lens of personal narrative and local lore. Objects and ephemera from different eras become catalysts and source material for his loosely interconnected research-based projects. Much of his work focuses on the translation of experience into memory and the creation of a collective consciousness. Here Ramos presents a new installation focusing on his family’s history within the beach community of Venice in the 1950s, which he presents as a transgressive site that was a counterpoint to the era’s ideals of American prosperity, wholesomeness, and optimism. As part of the Hammer Museum’s Artist Residency Program, he spent months uncovering the history of the city through family records and local archives. The resulting work is a meditation on race and class, particularly the Mexican American experience in mid-twentieth-century Los Angeles, in which Ramos brings the past into sharp contrast with the present while still trying to situate himself within it.

Gallery

Vincent Ramos

Vincent Ramos. Case Study (C/S) 1, 2011 (detail). Found and personal objects in display case. Installation detail from the two-person exhibition entitled, “Pachuco Cadaver or There Are No Heavies in America” (w/ Diego J. Garza), Las Cienegas Projects, Culver City, 2011. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Charchi Stinson.

Vincent Ramos

Vincent Ramos in collaboration with students from Venice High School. The People That Wouldn’t, That Shouldn’t, That Couldn’t Disappear: 1959, 2009, 2019 (For Ray Bradbury), 2009. Multimedia installation at 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, 2009. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Charchi Stinson.

Vincent Ramos

Vincent Ramos in collaboration with students from Venice High School. The People That Wouldn’t, That Shouldn’t, That Couldn’t Disappear: 1959, 2009, 2019 (For Ray Bradbury), 2009 (detail). Multimedia installation at 18th Street Art Center, Santa Monica, 2009. Dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photo by Charchi Stinson.

Vincent Ramos

Works by Vincent Ramos. Installation view at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, June 2, 2012-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Vincent Ramos

Works by Vincent Ramos. Installation view at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, June 2, 2012-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.

Vincent Ramos

Works by Vincent Ramos. Installation view at Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdall Park, Los Angeles, June 2, 2012-September 2, 2012. Photo by Brian Forrest.