paul ramirez jonas
Public Trust, 2016
16 foot marquee, table, sacred and civic texts, oaths, 950 promises from private individuals, 84 promises from public figures, graphite and paper.
variable (approx. 192 x 192 in)
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Paul Ramirez Jonas is a contemporary artist whose work currently explores the potential between artist and audience, artwork and public. He thinks of his works as monuments rather than as sculptures -- as objects that address a public, often without an author, and communicate collective ideals, histories, and dreams rather than the individual expression of the artist. Often utilizing pre-existing texts, models, or materials, he seeks to prompt action by re-enacting situations that encourage viewers to complete and validate the works.

 

For the 2008 São Paulo Biennial, Paul Ramirez Jonas played off the mysterious and symbolic aspect of a talisman. Encouraging the public to engage with a work of art, "Talisman" requested a private key from the participant in exchange for a key to the front door of the Biennial venue (the iconic Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavillion). The following year, for the 7th Mercosul Biennial in Porto Alegre, Ramirez Jonas altered three large boulders by carving into them a space for monument plaques to be placed. Instead of creating permanent monuments to a State honored figure or event, he turned the monuments into platforms for cork boards for the fleeting message or personal note-the ephemeral voice of his public.

 

Paul Ramírez Jonas was born in 1965 in California. He lives and works in New York, USA. Selected solo exhibitions include The Exploratorium, San Francisco, California; Pinacoteca do Estado, Sao Paulo, Brazil; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut; The Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; a survey at Ikon Gallery (UK) and Cornerhouse (UK); Alexander Gray Gallery (NYC); Roger Björkholmen (Sweden); Galeria Nara Roesler (São Paulo, Brazil); and Postmasters Gallery (NYC). He has been included in group exhibitions at the Guggenheim Museum (NYC); P.S.1 (NYC); The Whitechapel (UK); Irish Museum of Modern Art (Ireland); The New Museum (NYC); and Kunsthaus Zurich (Switzerland). He has participated in the Johannesburg Biennale; the Seoul Biennial, the Shanghai Biennial; the 28th Sao Paulo Biennial; the 53rd Venice Biennial and the 7th Bienal do Mercosul , Porto Alegre, Brazil. In 2010 his Key to the City project was presented by Creative Time in cooperation with the City of New York.His works are included in collections such as: the Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, USA; Bronx Museum, New York, USA; New Museum, New York, USA; Albright-Knox Art Gallery, New York, USA; Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, Sweden; and Itaú Cultural, São Paulo, Brazil.

Exhibitions

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Press

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  • vanished art recalled and reinterpreted Download

    vanished art recalled and reinterpreted

    Louis Bury, Hyperallergic 27.10.2018
  • need a fake id? artist paul ramírez jonas will make you one for free at the new museum Download

    need a fake id? artist paul ramírez jonas will make you one for free at the new museum

    Sarah Cascone, Artnet News 27.7.2017
  • secrets and lies Download

    secrets and lies

    Jeffrey Kastner, VICE 26.7.2017
  • paul ramírez jonas: 5 Jul — 17 Sep 2017 at the new museum Download

    paul ramírez jonas: 5 Jul — 17 Sep 2017 at the new museum

    wall street international 18.7.2017
  • paul ramírez jonas exhibits ‘half-truths’ at the new museum Download

    paul ramírez jonas exhibits ‘half-truths’ at the new museum

    Kristen Tauer , WWD 11.7.2017
  • paul ramírez jonas asks what constitutes a public Download

    paul ramírez jonas asks what constitutes a public

    Jeanne Claire van Ryzin, Hyperallergic 29.6.2017
  • paul ramirez jonas: the promise of more Download

    paul ramirez jonas: the promise of more

    Courtenay Finn, art ltd 1.5.2017
  • art as compost for compassion​ Download

    art as compost for compassion​

    Supportive Bureaucracy 21.9.2016
  • paul ramirez jonas: public trust Download

    paul ramirez jonas: public trust

    Olivia J. Kiers, Art New England 13.9.2016
  • public art project to explore the nature of trust Download

    public art project to explore the nature of trust

    Malcolm Gay, The Boston Globe 23.8.2016
  • aspen times weekly: out of the blue Download

    aspen times weekly: out of the blue

    Andrew Travers, The Aspen Times 14.5.2015
  • paul ramirez jonas - ArtForum Download

    paul ramirez jonas - ArtForum

    Colby Chambetfa, ArtForum 17.8.2013
  • paul ramirez jonas, Download

    paul ramirez jonas, "The Earth Seen from Above"

    Time Out New York 6.2.2003
  • paul ramirez jonas postmasters gallery Download

    paul ramirez jonas postmasters gallery

    Kirby Gookin, ArtForum 10.3.1998
  • paul ramirez jonas postmasters Download

    paul ramirez jonas postmasters

    MVdW, ArtForum 14.11.1996
  • paul ramirez jonas postmasters, through Mar 9 (see soho) Download

    paul ramirez jonas postmasters, through Mar 9 (see soho)

    Rober Mahoney, Time Out New York 28.2.1996

Texto Crítico

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  • sliding puzzles or the logic of the drive

    sara nadal-melsió
    In Give and Take, Ramirez Jonas presents the visitor with a speculative, funny and lighthearted experiment that gives us a glimpse into the interdependence between compulsion and form, between demand and choice. The artist takes, once more, the role of the scientist or collector and transforms his studio into a laboratory that artificially isolates the drive that structures the exchange economies at the center of his public artworks. All the pieces in the show are sourced from the remainders of earlier works accumulated over time in the artist’s studio. Alone in his workspace, Ramirez Jonas has now become his own audience or public, a detached observer of the drives embedded in the exchange economies he has spent a career constructing. There is something strikingly impersonal in the exercise, a taxonomical impulse that the artist balances by including traces of the personal and singular—fingerprints, handwriting, small smudges on the surface of the paper. The drive emerges here as a resistant mechanism that reconfigures the relation between the private and...