Hue[s]pace at ODETTA gallery, running through Oct 9th.
Hue[s]pace continues Ramsay’s investigation of color, location, and time. The installation, Hue, Place, Pace, One Year of Color, cascades 14 feet from the ceiling and undulates 23 feet across the floor, specifically designed for the gallery. It translates a year of color change in a specific location in nature into an abstract three-dimensional object.
The 14 artworks in the exhibition demonstrate Debra’s thinking on color. It being something to be borrowed/captured/found photographically then interpreted into a paint formula with the aid of a computer program, not harming or physically altering anything from its original condition. There is no intuitive color selection at play. This is painting in the digital realm. Her rigorous color system exploits an idea Josef Albers spoke of, the “…profound harmony in the immeasurable spectrum of color”.
The sources of these colors come from the natural environment, either a color that is surrounding, such as the sky, or a color from something miniscule, as a flower petal, that could easily be overlooked. Ramsay 's viewpoint is, "There’s no human design to nature, it’s true on its own terms, no egonot harming or physically altering anything from its original condition. I want to make work that feels bluntly true. Simple. The most simple it can get."
Time is evident in a variety of ways. The installation is segmented into colors from each of the four seasons. Several wall works (acrylic on ¾ inch thick slabs of clear plexiglass) have titles such as Lichen Memory…where something has been painted over, then removed…allowing the viewer to see what is no longer there. Time captured in an elusive way. The handling of the paint itself contributes a sense of time. Thin veils of color laid over a translucent support, light pushing through the backs of the panels, and light changing within the environment all contribute to the shifting qualities within each painting and suggesting time itself.
Norte Maar collaborates with ODETTA to present “a white room”
October 1, 2016, 6:00 pm-6:15 pm
Title: a white room
Choreographer: Julia K. Gleich
Dancers: Kara Chan, Ahmaud Culver, Tiffany Mangulabnan, Izabela Szylińska
Duration: 7 Minutes
Created during a Norte Maar / Dance at Socrates Residency 2016 at Socrates Sculpture Park.
“a white room” was made in parallel with Debra Ramsay’s investigations of “changes of color and repetitive serial systems”. The dance suggests the nature of a blank canvas upon which a series of evolving lines and color are drawn and structured. Working from the dancers’ own movement affinities and personalities, Gleich draws upon space, color, and character to create a textured and progressive dance.
With a faithful allegiance to geometry and its capacity to reveal profound truths, Debra Ramsay works with mathematical logic to generate or guide form in precise ways. In Hue(s)pace Ramsay become the conduit for the arrangement of shape and the placement of color, thus making time visible in her paintings.
Ramsay gathers her quantitative visual information about changes in color through repetitive and serial systems. Once she develops the system for a specific project, what remains is a form of meditation. What we gain is a time-lapse record of color’s shifts as seasons and life cycles change.
Debra Ramsay Hue(s)pace is the gallery’s nineteenth exhibition. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Friday September 9, from 6 – 8:00 pm. Gallery hours are Friday thru Sunday 1-6 pm, and by appointment.
There will be an Artists Talk on Sunday October 2 at 3:00 pm. The gallery welcomes Norte Maar and Gleich Dances in series of dance performances during Bushwick Open Studios on Saturday October 1, at 6 and 6:45 pm. Check for these events and more on the website calendar and social media.
To get there: Cook Street is bordered between Bogart Street to the north, and Evergreen Street to the south. The Morgan Ave stop on the L train is 3.5 blocks from Cook Street. ODETTA
My solo show at 57W57thArts is up and open for viewing on Wednesday - Saturday, noon- 5p through June 9th. (Please note: the gallery will be closed for a private event on June 4th)
The artwork in this gallery is about time. The landscape was used as a time-keeping device. I captured time passing by documenting the change in color within the landscape at the same location (New Berlin, NY) over the course of a year. I think of each painting as a landscape; a pure landscape, reduced to the actual found colors.
Making the work required capturing colors from nature, over one year, and transforming them to paint. I returned to the same trail in the forest. I visited this trail in the spring, summer, fall, and winter. Each time I walked the trail, I took a photo every 100 steps. 18 photos were taken on each walk. One color was selected from each photo to be mixed into a paint color. Once back in the studio, I mixed colors with the aide of a program that interprets the color I select from a photo into a paint formula. There are 72 distinct colors marking this one year of time.
Each season is represented as an individual painting and the entire year as the installation on the floor. Spring and Summer are on the left, Fall and Winter on the right, as you face the floor installation “72 colors found during one year on the Yellow Trail”
As I worked on this project I was reminded of Josef Albers' statement: "There is a profound harmony in the immeasurable spectrum of color."
Please join us for a conversation about Land Air Place
with the artists Natasha Maidoff, Debra Ramsay, Elizabeth Riley and Holly Sears
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Project: ARTspace | 156 Fifth Avenue, #308 | New York, NY
The gallery will be open on the 30th from 2pm - 6 pm
Regular visiting hours: Monday - Friday 12-6pm
I will be at the gallery on Wednesdays from 12- 3p.
I'm excited to announce my next exhibition, curated by Leslie Kerby including artists Natasha Madioff, Elizabeth Riley, and Holly Sears.
April 8 - May 8, 2016
Project: ARTspace 156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 308, New York, NY 10010
Opening Reception: Tuesday April 12, 2016 6:30-8:30pm
Artists Talk: Saturday, April 30 at 2:30 pm ______________________________________________________________________________
Project ARTspace is pleased to present Land, Air, Place curated by Leslie Kerby and featuring work by Natasha Maidoff, Debra Ramsay, Elizabeth Riley and Holly Sears. In a present day “mash-up” of color, swagger, humor, skill, and solitary moments, this exhibition through these artists’ works, posits a conversation between Remington, Bonheur, Muybridge, Pendergast, Seurat, Delauney, Chamberlain, Cole and Bierstadt.
Natasha Maidoff uses the natural world as a backdrop where she incorporates physical theater, layering it with digital media to create visual textures of projection and performance in excerpts from her “Live Cinema!” triptychs, The Cowgirl and The Sleepwalker. In the The Cowgirl, the performer lies on her back in the dark on a horse, as mountains are projected onto her body; text appears telling a story of loss and a dramatic shift in life. In The Sleepwalker, she journeys through dreams into the land of the known and unknown, but finds herself trapped, hammering on the walls of invisible boxes, searching for a way out.
Debra Ramsay’s absorbing dance with the landscape started in 2014 and proceeds as she continues to mine the trails of New Berlin, New York and Bethany, Connecticut selecting individual colors from her seasonal trips to create abstract sculptural pieces for this exhibition.The colors, presented both in a systematic grid and lyrically playful way, allow us to “gauge the color of the seasons changing and thereby glimpse time passing and time paused, feel the coupling of art and nature—and quietly savor the abundantly satisfying pleasures of both.”
Elizabeth Riley starts her sculptural process with standalone videos that are mining new experiences and environments, based on a consciousness of place and influenced by living in New York City for many years. Riley combines 2-D video media—printouts of sequential video stills sometimes on extended lengths of inkjet paper often with 3-D physical materials such as raw plywood, furniture and found materials.The sculptures are architectural, angular and alive—living cities that explore both human connection and disconnection in these environments.
Luminous depth and mirror like surfaces created by painting with thin oil glazes makes you think that Holly Sears hung out with the Hudson River painters.This slow and sometimes tedious technique allows Sears to construct and collage the elements of her paintings—“giving veracity to what might otherwise be conceived as unbelievable content.” Like the other artists in the exhibition Sears is awed and inspired by the landscape and the mystery and amorality of nature.And so, with a blend of surrealism, naturalism, ritual and digital phenomena these artists hold forth with new conversations about land, air and place.
Gallery hours: Monday-Friday 12-6 pm Other times by appointment: contact Aaron Zulpo 630.244.7160
Big **THANKS!!** to Brooklyn Magazine and artist/writer Paul Behnke for including Generative Processes, the exhibition of Alex Paik and my work in their "Best of ...2015" list.
A few catalogs from the exhibition remain, which includes an essay by Rose Art Museum Director Emeritus, Carl Belz. Let me know if you'd like a copy.
I'm pleased to have my work included in the TSA Flat Files. I hope you can join us for the opening or visit the show during its run through January 3rd.
Tuesday, November 21st, Stout Projects will open at 11:30 for a viewing of the exhibition.
If you're interested in joining us please RSVP to me at Debra@DebraRamsay.com
Stout Projects is located at 55 Meadow Street # 310, Brooklyn, NY 11206
Volume 2: Black & White
92 St Nicholas Ave
Brooklyn NY 11237
co-curated by Mary Judge and Enrico Gomez
The exhibition continues through Dec 6th
Saturday & Sunday: 1-6pm
and by appointment
Volume 2 is one bookend of a two-part exhibition exploring the ways in which artists respond to paper and transform it from the 2 dimensional into the 3 dimensional in innovative and engaging ways.
Please contact the gallery for further details at email@example.com
Violent Study Club
55 Meadow Street # 310
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Opening November 21, 2015, 2-4pm
An artists talk is scheduled on December 19 at 2pm
The exhibition continues through December 20th.
Fri – Sun, 1p – 6p and by appointment, firstname.lastname@example.org
Delighted to be included in this four-person exhibition. Please come visit if you can.
I'm pleased to let you know that starting July 23 my work will be available at
229 Cook Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Tiger Strikes Asteroid New York is hosting a closing reception in conjunction with the adjoining art space, Transmitter. I'll be in the gallery from noon- 6 and would love to visit with you.
From their press release:
Please join us from 12-6 PM in conjunction with the closing reception for 6x6 at Transmitter for bagels, pastries, mimosas, coffee and more. Both exhibitions close this Sunday, March 29th.
Generative Processes, features the work of Alex Paik and Debra Ramsay. Their color palettes generate an immediate sense of relationship, Paik arrives at his intuitively, while Ramsay’s is system-based. The artists share a generative process of making, a cultivation of a standardized element that is repeated and worked.Featuring the work of Alex Paik and Debra Ramsay. Click here to read the full press release.
We were pleased to have this exhibition mentioned in Bushwick Daily, Structure and Imagery, The Queens Courier and other media outlets.
1329 Willoughby Ave, #2A
Brooklyn, NY 11237
Phone: (347) 746-8041