I was listening to NPR this morning, and heard a bit about the artist Ramiro Gomez. Gomez's paintings are a study on class, wealth, and the often-times invisible people behind those that live in luxury. Gomez's paintings basically force the viewer to confront and acknowledge people many might prefer to dismiss and ignore.
If some of these images seem familiar, more than a few are based on paintings by one of the richest living artists on the planet -- David Hockney. Gomez recreates these rather famous (AND VERY EXPENSIVE) paintings, inserting anonymous, invisible worker bees that are largely ignored.
Here is a bit more about the artist (biographical info and images found here):
Ramiro Gomez, born in 1986 in San Bernardino, California to undocumented Mexican immigrant parents, briefly attended the California Institute for the Arts before leaving to take work as a live-in nanny with a West Hollywood family, an experience that did much to inform his artistic practice. In 2013 Gomez had his first solo exhibition at the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and was also awarded with a residency to install a mural in West Hollywood Park, a project titled The Caretakers, which remains on view. In 2014 Gomez had his solo gallery debut at Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles, and went on to show widely across North America. In 2015 Gomez exhibited at the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities, the Chicago Humanities Festival, and again at Charlie James Gallery. Gomez’s work has been covered in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, NPR, the Los Angeles Times, Hyperallergic, Huffington Post, and CNN. This spring Gomez will be having a third show at the Charlie James Gallery in conjunction with the publication of a monograph on his work by Lawrence Weschler (Abrams). Gomez lives and works in West Hollywood, California. He is represented by Charlie James Gallery in Los Angeles.
Ramiro Gomez's work will be featured at Charlie James Gallery, 969 Chung King Road, Los Angeles, CA 90012 from April 16-May 28, 2016.
On a side note...I don't have it in my heart to love every stinking person on earth, but I figure I can TRY my best to at least be civil and polite to the majority of the people that I encounter (there are clear exceptions to this policy, including dickhead drivers). I think I am most biased against the ultra wealthy, and that isn't a great blanket policy -- they can't all be awful. I will also admit that I generally am not all that friendly, nice and/or polite to homeless people. I usually ignore them, which isn't great. Not at all. Even though I would generally prefer to be ignored by the masses, I think most people would appreciate that others acknowledge their existence, and acknowledge that they matter. So.....this is obviously something that I need to work on.