Artist: Zach Ramirez
Exhibition: We Live Here, 2016
Media: Charcoal on wood panel
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dutzi Gallery
Zach Ramirez is a Graduate student looking to become a teacher. He is in the Art Education Student Association program within CSULB’s School of Art. His work explores society and the issues and different perspectives that people may have about the world.
As said in the info block, this piece is charcoal on wood panel and so it’s a very smokey looking, monogamous colored work. Being drawn with charcoal, some parts look very blended even though its been done on wood meaning you can see the lines in the wood making the smokey appearance not as blended. Though a good deal of it is blended, some sections look very detailed and so overall, everything looks well thought out and executed.
We Live Here is about problems in society and the city. This is Zach Ramirez’s interpretation on life and society and though this is his perspective, he also wanted everyone to have their own ideas about what we think he means. He wants to see everyone’s ways of thinking.
I find Zach’s piece very interesting and since it’s so open to interpretation, it makes it that much more intriguing. I believe it ties in with consumerism and materialism and how people just want things all the time. With want comes greed and a lot of time, people will do what they need to in order to get what they want. Even if they’re a good, innocent person such as the little girl, they sometimes do bad things which is why I believe she is holding what look to be like wire cutters. I believe this piece is also trying to open our eyes to show what’s right in front of us like the kid on the swing all by himself with a bunch of these people having walked passed him and not giving a second thought. I think that symbolizes how we’re guilty of less human connection with one another face to face and how something so obvious needs to change.