Zenith Gallery Presents
Young Mornings | Featuring: Ram Brisueño
Extended show dates: Now through November 25, 2023
Artist Talk: In person or on Zoom -Saturday November 4, 3PM
With Pilar Okeson, Baltimore based singer-songwriter
At 1429 Iris Street NW, Washington DC, 20012
Dreams are collages of past moments, familiar places, and bits of stories that connect us to each other. Using new and repurposed materials, the paintings in “Young Mornings” walk lines between hidden narratives and revelations before waking into the warm world. We lose some magic when we think we’ve forgotten how to fly. “Young Mornings” wants you to reconnect with magic and to remember there is nothing wrong with believing in dreams.
Ram Brisueño uses a variety of mediums, materials, and objects to create narratives that relate to personal identity and social perceptions with an emphasis on highlighting textures, color, and form. His work brings together, with attention to both surface and concealed images, meaning revealed through intuitive responses allowing a compositional unity that creates themes of myth making and personal identity. An artist he admires, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, put it simply “Above all else, it is about leaving a mark that I existed: I was here. I was hungry. I was defeated. I was happy. I was sad. I was in love. I was afraid. I was hopeful. I had an idea, and I had a good purpose and that’s why I made works of art.” Ram’s mixed media works have an aesthetic that is a surreal perspective between material and myth at points of transformation that draw inward.
A Baltimore based, self-taught artist with a degree in English from the University of Maryland, Ram has lived in New York and Baltimore, showing his work in a number of galleries, venues, and private collections.
Pilar Okeson is a Baltimore based singer-songwriter. Currently working on her first album, she has toured the country with Mini Kiss, provided vocals for many artists and performed at venues from NYC to Annapolis. Her heart is in the pop and new wave sounds of the late 70s and early 80s. She is honored to have been asked to create a song to complement this inspiring exhibit.