Domestic Disturbances: Ramiro Gomez in conversation with Lawrence Weschler
The Institute for Public Knowledge invites you to join us for an evening with the artist Ramiro Gomez in conversation with writer Lawrence Weschler, in celebration of the release of their new book, Domestic Scenes: The Art of Ramiro Gomez, on Tuesday, April 19, 6:00-8:00PM at 20 Cooper Sq., 7th Floor. For more info and to RSVP, please visit the event page.
Gomez was born in Southern California to Mexican immigrant parents, his mother a janitor, his father a truck driver. With experiences in both art school and domestic employment, he began to explore the intimate yet tenuous dynamics between family and staff, a paradox that formed the impetus of the work in his first solo gallery exhibition, Domestic Scenes. This acclaimed artwork evokes the divide between affluent Angelenos and their usually invisible domestic help—the nannies, gardeners, housecleaners, and others who make their lifestyles possible—by variously inserting images of these workers into sly pastiches of iconic images: a housekeeper in a subtly doctored magazine ad, a pool cleaner in a David Hockney painting. He even subversively places life-sized painted cardboard cut-outs into real-life situations, such as the manicured hedges of Beverly Hills. Weschler's new book, Domestic Scenes, documents the result, a powerful provocation about class, wealth, and the people behind our images of luxury. The two will discuss Gomez's life, his practice, and the important social implications of his work.