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Event Mary A. Valverde-Works on view Mar 28, 2014
Event Gabriele Evertz-Sensory Impact, American Abstract Artists (AAA) Morgan Stanley & Co., Purchase, NY, May 1 2014 - May 1 2015,
May 01, 2014
Event Robert Hickman-Fluid Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art, Staten Island NY,
May 03, 2014
Event Paul Ramirez Jonas-Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum,
Jun 13, 2014
Event Paul Ramirez Jonas-We Make the Treasure Exploratorium, Pier 15, San Francisco, CA,
Jun 19, 2014
Event Gabriele Evertz-American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Print Portfolio Martin Gallery, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA,
Aug 27, 2014
Event Marthe Keller-American Abstract Artists 75th Anniversary Portfolio The Martin Art Gallery at Muhlenberg College,
Aug 27, 2014
Event Shawn Powell: Cabin Fever STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE FINE ARTS GALLERY ACADEMIC ARTS BUILDING 3RD FLOOR 75 GRASSLANDS ROAD VALHALLA NEW YORK 10595,
Sep 02, 2014
Event Becky Brown-"No, said the Fruit Bowl" Governor's Island, in the kitchen of Building 407-A on Colonel's Row,
Sep 06, 2014
Event David J Wilson-Socrates Sculpture Park Socrates Sculpture Park 32-01 Vernon Boulevard Blvd @ Broadway,
Sep 07, 2014
Event Hugh Walton-Wash Your Mouth Out Romano Gallery Armstrong-Hipkins Center fo rthe Arts Blair Academy, Blairstown, NJ 07825,
Sep 08, 2014
Event Reiner Leist-Cityscapes and Memories: Measuring Absence Deutsches Haus at NYU,
Sep 09, 2014
Event Brian Wood-Spin Zero NOVELLA GALLERY 164 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002,
Sep 11, 2014
Event Peter Dudek- North Adams & Pierogi XX North Adams & 177 North 9 Street, Brooklyn,
Sep 12, 2014
Event Katerina Lanfranco-All Worked Up Sep 12, 2014
Event Peter Dudek-Susan Hartung, Following the Line The Teaching Gallery at Hudson Valley Community College, Troy NY,
Sep 18, 2014
Event Michael Berube-#occupycommonground Church of St. Paul The Apostle, corner of Columbus Ave. and W. 60th St.,
Sep 18, 2014
Event Robert Hickman-ART PROSPECT St. Petersburg, Russia,
Sep 25, 2014
Event Gabriele Evertz-Doppler Shift 68 Elm Street Summit, NJ 07901,
Sep 28, 2014
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Paul Ramirez Jonas

“I create as I speak"

I have always considered myself merely a reader of texts. The pre-existing text can be anything that I can treat as a score: a diary, a plan, an old photo, a footpath, sheet music, etc. The reading can take the form of a performance, a sculpture, a photo, or a video. Thus, a musical score may result in a sculpture, and a travelogue in a video, or the plans for a flying machine in a photo. In my artworks, what looks like invention is but re-enactment, and what seems to be exploration is but walking in someone else’s footsteps. 

Being a reader, don’t I have more in common with the public than with the author? It is that commonality that I find inspiring in working with pre-existing materials. This was the basis of most of my work through out the nineties. I am still working from this heart felt premise. However, I see my role extending beyond being a private reader, and into someone who invites viewers to join in.

The result of this shift is the reassertion of a contract between the artwork and its public. This contract stipulates that the works are here for them (you). You must give to receive; the work needs you: even if it is just a penny, a wish, a silent recitation, or the consent in the copying of one of your keys.

Paul Ramirez Jonas holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design (1989) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University (1987). His honors include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, ArtMatters, the Howard Foundation, the International Studio Program in Sweden, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts, among others. Paul Ramírez Jonas' selected solo exhibitions include The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut, The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; a survey at Ikon Gallery (UK) and Cornerhouse (UK); Alexander Gray Gallery (NYC); Roger Björkholmen (Sweden); and Postmasters Gallery (NYC). He has been included in group exhibitions at the Gallery for Contemporary Art Leipzig (Germany); P.S.1 (NYC); The Whitechapel (UK); Irish Museum of Modern Art (Ireland); Künstlerhaus (Austria); The New Museum (NYC); and Kunsthaus Zurich (Switzerland). He has participated in the Johannesburg Biennale; the Seoul Biennial, the Shanghai Biennial; the 28th Sao Paulo Biennial; and the 53rd Venice Biennial. He has taught at R.I.S.D, Cal Arts, Columbia Universtiy, New York Universtiy, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. He is a professor at Hunter College (NYC). Profiled in ArtForum, Zing, ARTnews, New York Times, Art in America and others. He has built permanent projects in Cambridge, MA and a permanent public sculpture for the Hudson River Park, New York City. In 2010, Creative Time presented his “Key to the City” project in New York City.

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