Jose M. Ramirez

Photographer/Researcher/Teacher
     
East or West?
Location: Weston
Nationality: Venezuelan
Biography: Born in Caracas, Venezuela. Artist, teacher, researcher and consultant. His work has been shown in multiple collective exhibitions: among them the Art Hall of Aragua, the Arturo Michelena Room, the Velada Santa Lucía. He has exhibited... read on
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East or West?
Credits: jose m. ramirez
Date of Work: 02/13/17 - 06/18/17
Updated: 10/22/17
Location: dominican republic

The horizon is not a physical reality, but a spatial reference, the circular range of visual perception. It is where the gaze goes to for location, orientation, and projection. It is also a chimeric precipice, the emblem of the unknown, of the inaccessible, though passionately desired. And finally is the metaphorical transition between real and possible, vision and representation.

Thanks to the horizon, painters and photographers built the modern relationship with landscapes, structured by perspective. They made this fictional line a pictorial reality that gave to its images stability and fullness and turned them into testimonies of the implicitly divine beauty of nature. 

José M. Ramírez’s photographs seem, at first glance, to possess this same subliminal character of the landscape by anchoring it to the horizon. The use of ancient techniques, with long exposure times and the subtle melancholy of the composition, can deceive us, lead us to remain on the surface of these beautiful variations of lines and grays. But when you look at them more closely, there are doubts. What does the horizon teach us? The impossibility of perceiving the world in its integrity? Or our inability to really look at it? Reconnect with an eternal nature? Or realizing the damage we did to it? The revelation of a superior balance? Or the consciousness of fractures inherent in human destiny? 

In the images of José M. Ramírez, the horizon is no longer an abstract line, but a complex thickness that the photographer invites us to explore. There, in the distance, the light reveals something real that arouses our attention and appeals to our responsibility. It is up to us, spectators, to deepen the image, to recognize in it the paradoxes of the world and to place ourselves in the face of its natural, social or political contradictions. The horizons of José M. Ramírez ask us to leave the comfort of our location and start vibrating our interior compass. To imagine other horizons. Between East and West.


Anne Louyot

El horizonte no es una realidad física, sino una referencia espacial, el alcance circular de la percepción visual. Es la rampa donde la mirada se apoya para ubicarse, orientarse y proyectarse. Es también un precipicio quimérico, el emblema de lo desconocido, de lo inaccesible, aunque apasionadamente deseado. Y finalmente es la transición metafórica entre real y posible, visión y representación.

Gracias al horizonte, los pintores y fotógrafos construyeron la relación moderna con el paisaje, estructurada por la perspectiva. Hacían de esta línea ficticia una realidad pictórica que otorgaba a sus imágenes estabilidad y plenitud, y las convertía en testimonios de la belleza implícitamente divina de la naturaleza.

Las fotografías de José M. Ramírez parecen, a primera vista, poseer este mismo carácter de sublimación del paisaje por el anclaje en el horizonte. El uso de técnicas antiguas, con largos tiempos de exposición y la melancolía sutil de la composición pueden engañarnos, llevarnos a permanecer en la superficie de estas hermosas variaciones de líneas y grises. Pero al mirarlas con más detenimiento aparecen dudas. ¿Qué nos enseña el horizonte? ¿La imposibilidad de percibir el mundo en su integridad? ¿O nuestra incapacidad de mirarlo de verdad? ¿La reconexión con una naturaleza eterna? ¿O la lucidez sobre el daño que le hicimos? ¿La revelación de un equilibrio superior? ¿O la conciencia de las fracturas inherentes al destino humano?

En estas imágenes el horizonte no es más una línea abstracta, sino un espesor complejo que el fotógrafo nos invita a explorar. Allá, a lo lejos, la luz desvela algo real que despierta nuestra atención y apela a nuestra responsabilidad. A nosotros, espectadores, nos compete profundizar en la imagen, reconocer en ella las paradojas del mundo y ubicarnos frente a sus contradicciones naturales, sociales o políticas. Los horizontes de José M. Ramírez nos interrogan para que salgamos del confort de nuestra ubicación y empiece a vibrar nuestra brújula interior. Hasta imaginar otros horizontes. Entre Este y Oeste.



Anne Louyot

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