Detroit, MI (November 6, 2012) — Studio Couture will host a two-person show, Future/Past, this Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Detroit artist, Wesley Taylor, and Texas artist, Armando Ramos, have installed an array of objects and sculptural forms that concurrently transport the viewer back to the future to survey their past.
Taylor creates immersive and interactive landscapes that rely keenly on non-technological construction methods and surfaces to reveal the awe and collectiveness bound within technology. For Future/Past, Taylor advances his inquiries by pausing the future’s inevitable arrival to reveal his own hand in shaping it. This device gains conceptual substance in light of the social stewardship in which Taylor engages. It is through community building and promoting positive interaction that Taylor further develops his individual pursuits and experimentations with complexity that cements his role as an advocate for the possibility of the future.
Through portraiture and caricature, Ramos creates comically irreverent images drawn from his jumbled youth. Pop culture, mass media, religious iconography, and quotidian observations are civilly canonized as high-relief sculptures, minimalist interventions, and absurd juxtapositions that question the largeness of these larger-than-life embodiments. In examining his own history, Ramos denies the authenticity of his past memories and the invincibility of his adulthood. Instead, he seeks to create an existence of complicated iconography that gives odd relevance to his sculptures and paintings.
Like the Ghost of Christmas Past and the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come, Ramos and Taylor intend to show you the contradictions, possibilities, and hopefulness present in your memory to persuade you to actively guide and shape your future and recognize the lessons from your past.
Date: November 10, 2012
Time: 5 to 9 PM
Address: 1433 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226
About the artists
Armando Ramos grew up in Texas. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Kansas City Art Institute and graduate studies at Montana State University. In the years following graduate school he lived and maintained a studio in San Francisco, CA. Ramos has been an artist in residence at The Richard Cartier Studios (Napa, CA), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT), and at California State University at Long Beach (Long Beach, CA). He is currently a Professor of Art at Valley City State University (Valley City, ND) and was recently awarded a 2012 Individual Artist Grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts. His work has been exhibited at the Virginia Brier Gallery (San Francisco, CA), The Oakland Museum (Oakland, CA), The Dairy Art Center (Boulder, CO), and Elmhurst Art Museum (Elmhurst, IL). Visit his website for more information: www.armandoramosiii.com.
Wesley Taylor is a graphic designer, artist, musician, and curator. He has spent many years “scene building” in the Detroit Hip Hop community. He is co-founder of Emergence Media along with Invincible. He recently graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art with a graduate degree in 2-D design. His most recent work revolves around the promise of the future. In this body of work he imagines that ‘the future’ is his client and he is in charge of marketing ‘the future’ as a product and branding its many different possibilities. He is a recent recipient of a MAP Fund grant and Michigan ArtServe’s CSA grant. In June 2011 his work was presented in a two person show called “Brandished” at Re:View Gallery in Detroit. His trans-genre experimental art collective—Complex Movements—was recently awarded first place in the time based medium category at Art Prize in Grand Rapids. He is currently a professor of design at Eastern Michigan University and Lawrence Tech University. He balances his time managing and participating in Talking Dolls (www.talkingdollsdetroit.com), a ﬁve-person artists studio/collective in Detroit, collaborating with Invincible and Waajeed on Complex Movements, a multimedia performance installation, and promoting and developing Emergence Media.