Gabriel Ramos was born 1987 in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico and currently lives and works in Ithaca NY. He obtained his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of South Florida in 2011 and is currently an MFA candidate at Cornell University. His work has been featured in many local and international publications and has been shown nationally and internationally. Some of his noted achievements include participation in the recent "Double Dutch" exhibition at the National Gallery of the Bahamas, “Digital” at the National Gallery of Jamaica, The Fotofest 2014 Biennial and The Gasparilla International Film Festival in 2012. His current artwork is mainly photography, but it has expanded into sculpture, installation and video.   

Artist Statement 

My current body of work portrays small-scale structures constructed out of layered paper details based on the nostalgia about my life in Puerto Rico. In the creation of each photograph I am a scavenger and an editor of light, composition, form and color within the constructed environment. Delicacy and the frailty of the materials foreground the passage of time through the instability of the medium I use to create my sets. The inspiration for these constructions is drawn from my childhood memories. Even though the constructions are inspired solely by childhood memories, unconsciously through the process recent memories and moments of my everyday life get integrated into the composition. As a result of the conflated memories within the constructed image, I create an imaginary space both within and beyond the photograph.
The concepts of fragility, the ephemeral quality of a home and memory are some of the important factors in my process as well as in my artwork. By just using my recollection the overall composition for the constructions becomes more abstracted and imprecise. In conjunction to the photographic works, the video pieces portray the distortion of memory visually by deconstructing the composition and reconstructing it again. In a sense the act of forgetting and remembering is depicted in the video works by showing the deconstruction and reconstruction in a constant loop. My work also foregrounds the ephemerality of memory through the destruction of the work, from which only the photograph survives. 
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