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‘JOINED’ Exhibition of Work by Dean Ramos Opens Today

Oceanside CA— The Hill Street Country Club | Linksoul Lab are pleased to announce the opening of an exhibition, JOINED, work by Dean Ramos. JOINED opens to the public on Saturday, November 14th, 2015 and will be on view through January 20th, 2016.

The exhibition will focus on Dean Ramos’s three distinct types of work. The first group is carved wood sculptures; some of which are abstract, and others depict human or animal like forms. The second consists of sculptural abstractions which are light and airy; artwork appear to defy gravity as they hang within and upon the architecture of the gallery. The third group is low relief linear abstractions inspired by architectural principles and forms. These works were produced over the past several years; the most recent ones are the tar covered and the white plastic sculptures. The variety of works exhibit Ramos’s continual exploration of new visual forms and the expressive potential of materials.

 “I have an interest in how figures and abstract forms interact with the spaces that they inhabit. I use the expressive potential of materials to explore their qualities as contained or expanding, crushed or floating upward, heavy and dark or light and airy, textured and natural or smooth and manufactured. To emphasize form, colored pigments are used sparingly. They are used to either accent the natural color of materials or to draw the eye.” – Dean Ramos

Dean Ramos grew up in Chicago.  He graduated with a B.A. in Fine Art from North Park University, a small liberal arts school on the North Side of the Chicago, in 1996.

After spending several years developing my portfolio and exhibiting he applied to graduate school and then moved to Albuquerque to attend The University of New Mexico.  After receiving his M.F.A in 2002 he spent the next several years exhibiting with the Richard Levy Gallery in Albuquerque and Klaudia Marr Gallery in Santa Fe. In 2006 Ramos moved to Oceanside when he received a full-time teaching position at MiraCosta College.

Dean Ramos’s sculpture, paintings and works on paper may be found in the collections of museums including Koumi Machi Kougen Museum of Art in Japan, National Hispanic Cultural Center in New Mexico, State Street Corporation in Boston, ELAC Center in Chicago and numerous private collections.

The Hill Street Country Club| Linksoul Lab is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 5pm and by appointment.