Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Press Releezzee

Lost Paradise
Cheyanne Ramos

Friday, July 10
6 - 8 pm

Ramos "Grackle Flock"
Grackle Flock, Stone Mountain, California, 2008

Joan Wich & Co. Gallery is pleased to introduce the work of Cheyanne Ramos in the exhibition Lost Paradise opening Friday, July 10, 2009.

Often using actual events of a disastrous nature (Hurricane Ike's devastation of Galveston, etc) with her own bizarre imaginings, Ramos draws from an extensive treasury of found photographs and images to create worlds about to fall apart. Doom looms in these disaster works - a tornado, a hurricane, a volcano.

Ramos says, "They are amalgamations of real, perceived, and projected experiences built from the fragments of found and personal photographs, objects, memories, art history, and the natural environment. I fuse these unstable, divergent and often times conflicted sources into new fictions. Places appear as apparitions, distorted or idealized memories, fabrications, or projections. Together they conflate time - the present exists as the discomfort between a nostalgic past and a foreboding future."

Ramos, a native of California, completed her BFA at Georgia State University and her MFA at University of Houston. She has exhibited in a number of group shows, most recently the MFA Thesis Exhibition 2009 at Blaffer Gallery. Lost Paradise at Joan Wich & Co. Gallery is her first solo exhibition.

ArtHouston, Saturday, July 11 from 11 am to 5 pm, will solicit contributions to benefit the reconstruction of Galveston Art Center.

Regular gallery hours are Tuesday thru Saturday 11 - 5. For more information or images, contact Katie Jernigan or visit the gallery website at