RUTH GÓMEZ AND HER URBAN BEAUTY

Stampede, vinyl, Ruth Gómez

 

 

Ruth Gómez Valladolid, 1976. This artist, licensed in Fine Arts at the University of Salamanca, is easily recognizable by its flat colors and urban aesthetics of graffiti and illustration. His baroque compositions often suggest concrete stories despite the fact that many are often autobiographical. The most current general societal themes are frozen in vibrant drawings and neo pop aesthetics. The comics, advertising and video games connect with winks to the classics of history, such as Jules Verne or George Melies.

 

 

 Zzz, Ruth Gómez

 

 

In her work, the animals suggest a very specific aesthetic, which tells the Parisian behavior of the central district, city in which she lived after finishing her studies. The animation and alternation of colors, put this illustrator in the spotlight for all those who enjoy this artistic technique. Motionless animation and capturing the moment are the two attributes that stand out in her work. In this show, the paths of the animal world and the more contemporary urban are united, plays with the metaphor of the mirror. The social importance of its icons relaxes following the inspiration of fantasy and its own creative world.

 

 

Pets 11,2005, Ruth Gómez

 

 

"At home" shows part of the work of the artist along with works created only for this occasion. The animals are the protagonists, so it shows all facets of these, portraying occasionally in their maximum splendor, as is the case of the series "stampede" or drawing the more tender and quiet side as in the "Zzz" project. Its vinyls represented as a 3D vinyl break the bidimensionality approaching the viewer in an organic and unrestricted way.

 

 

Project by Ruth Gómez

 

 

In addition, a selection of videos complete this exhibition. These videos are projected on the facade of the Cortes de Castilla y León . These, are the testimony of their concerns, and the evolution that has undergone over the years. A show, endearing and colorful that will leave them with good taste. If you are in Valladolid, go there.

 

 

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.