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Los Olvidados

(the forgotten)

Image: Las Meninas (2013), Ramiro Gomez. Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles
Image: Las Meninas (2013), Ramiro Gomez. Courtesy of the artist and Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles

Thursday, January 21, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Admissions Office
Boston College

Pop-up gallery featuring the work of L.A.-based artist Ramiro Gomez. This installation is presented in connection with “The Visual Arts: Making Democracy Visible,” part of the Clough Center’s Arts and the Culture of Democracy lecture series.

Co-sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry, the McMullen Museum, and the Clough Center for the Study
of Constitutional Democracy.

works on display

No Splash
Archival Pigment Print

Mulholland Drive: On The Road to David’s Studio (after David Hockney’s Mulholland Drive: The Road to the Studio, 1980)
Archival Pigment Print

Nancy Mopping
Acrylic on magazine

Ermina in the kids’ room
Acrylic on magazine

Acrylic on magazine

Las Meninas
Acrylic on cardboard

Documentary images of
Cardboard Cut-Outs
Photography by David Feldman

Film “Los Olvidados”
By David Feldman

about the artist

Ramiro Gomez working on a cardboard cutout

Ramiro Gomez (b. 1986) draws attention to the invisible domestic workers and day laborers upon which luxury lifestyles depend. His work stems from personal experience. The son of Mexican immigrants, he worked as a live-in nanny for families in West Hollywood and Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles after completing art school. His work notes the complex interpersonal and class dynamics between the heads of these wealthy households and their staff, who serve as the faceless protagonists in Gomez’s work. In his “Magazine” series, for example, he tore out advertisements from luxury lifestyle magazines and painted in the workers who maintain the opulent spaces these images promote.

“My motive is to create empathy with the figure’s labor and intervene in the bourgeois spaces that shape the seemingly endless desire for material interests at their expense,” Gomez explains.

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