Daniel Lind-Ramos

Armario de la Memoria (Storage of Memory)

Mar 5 — Apr 18, 2020
New York, Chelsea

Opening Reception:
March 5, 6–8 PM

Open by appointment.

Marlborough is pleased to present Armario de la Memoria (Storage of Memory) a solo exhibition of large-scale assemblages by the celebrated Puerto Rican artist Daniel Lind-Ramos.

Lind-Ramos has always told powerful stories through his works of art. It’s no wonder as oral, culinary, musical and visual storytelling are part of his Afro-descendent history and fundamental to his philosophy of being. As evident in the seven pieces exhibited here, Lind-Ramos’ sculptures have a powerful spirit-like presence portraying strength, potency, and depth. Each piece conveys a very particular story through the careful selection and use of materials.

The stories Lind-Ramos tells through his work are rooted with his ancestors, rooted in nature, rooted in the work performed by his people, rooted to their pastimes and pleasures—particularly music—that sustained the spirit of a once enslaved and Cimarrón community. The sculptures are composed using found and gifted objects remembered from his childhood; pieces or composites of musical instruments; and the everyday tools of cultivation, construction, cooking, and housework. With these simple materials, he creates profoundly authentic sculptures that speak to a history not written in the textbooks of dominant culture.

María-María, which was included in the Whitney Biennial of 2019, is an excellent example of his “resistance through remembering” and the complexity of such remembrances. The sculpture stands tall and powerful as a defiant reminder of the catastrophic 2017 hurricane and its aftermath in Puerto Rico. María is both the protector and the destructor. The Virgin, with her traditional blue cloak represented by a FEMA-issued tarp and as the bringer of torrential winds and water. María-María speaks to both the protection offered to the people living in damaged roofless homes and, especially as time progressed and the tarps became tattered and weather beaten, the inadequate protection, neglect and power imbalance in the U.S./Puerto Rican colonial relationship. 

-Diógenes Ballester

Daniel Lind-Ramos (b. 1953) lives and works in Loíza, Puerto Rico. His work has recently been included in the 2019 edition of the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico, San Juan, Puerto Rico; PM curated by Christopher Rivera at Embajada, San Juan; and in De Pie: Ensemble y Dibujos at Museo de las Americas, San Juan. Lind-Ramos’ works are in numerous public collections such as the Whitney Museum, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Puerto Rico (MACPR), San Juan, and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico (MAP), San Juan.

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Works

A large, mixed media sculpture by Daniel Lind-Ramos made of a pick, shovel, machetes, steel, palm tree trunks, dried coconuts, TV monitor, palm tree branches, DVD player, wood panel and fabric.
Armario de la Concencia (Wardrobe of Memory), 2012, pick, shovel, machetes, steel, palm tree trunks, dried coconuts, TV monitor, palm tree branches, DVD player, wood panel, fabric , 108 × 65 × 36 in., 274.3 × 165.1 × 91.4 cm. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
A large, mixed media sculpture by Daniel Lind-Ramos made of nails, steel, casseroles, palm tree branches, dried coconuts, branches, palm tree trunks, wood panels, burlap, concrete blocks and burlap.
Piñones, 2013, nails, steel, casseroles, palm tree branches, dried coconuts, branches, palm tree trunks, wood panels, burlap, concrete blocks, burlap , 108 × 60 × 31 in., 274.3 × 152.4 × 78.7 cm. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
A detail of the top portion of the sculpture "Armario de la Concencia (Wardrobe of Memory)" by Daniel Lind-Ramos.
Armario de la Concencia (Wardrobe of Memory) (detail), 2012, pick, shovel, machetes, steel, palm tree trunks, dried coconuts, TV monitor, palm tree branches, DVD player, wood panel, fabric , 108 × 65 × 36 in., 274.3 × 165.1 × 91.4 cm. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
A detail of the top half of the sculpture "Piñones" by Daniel Lind-Ramos.
Piñones (detail), 2013, nails, steel, casseroles, palm tree branches, dried coconuts, branches, palm tree trunks, wood panels, burlap, concrete blocks, burlap, 108 × 60 × 31 in., 274.3 × 152.4 × 78.7 cm. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
An installation view of two sculptures by Daniel Lind-Ramos.
Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
A large, mixed media sculpture by Daniel Lind-Ramos made of steel, palm tree branches, dried coconuts, branches, palm tree trunks, wood panels, burlap, concrete blocks, glass, aluminum, fabric and lights.
Figura Emisaria, 2020, steel, palm tree branches, dried coconuts, branches, palm tree trunks, wood panels, burlap, concrete blocks, glass, aluminum, fabric, lights, 108 × 60 × 47 in., 274.3 × 152.4 × 119.4 cm. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
A mixed media sculpture on a pedestal by Daniel Lind-Ramos made of steel, aluminum, nails, palm tree branches, dried coconuts, branches, palm tree trunks, burlap, machete, leather, ropes, sequin, awning, plastic ropes, fabric, pins, duct tape and acrylic.
Vencedor #2, 1797 (Victorious #2), 2017-2020, steel, aluminum, nails, palm tree branches, dried coconuts, branches, palm tree trunks, burlap, machete, leather, ropes, sequin, awning, plastic ropes, fabric, pins, duct tape, acrylic , 70 × 70 × 33 in., 177.8 × 177.8 × 83.8 cm. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
An installation view of two sculptures by Daniel Lind-Ramos.
Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
An installation view of two sculptures by Daniel Lind-Ramos.
Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
A large installation by Daniel Lind-Ramos made of steel, aluminum, nails, metal buckets, paint buckets, casseroles, palm tree branches, dried coconuts, branches, palm tree trunks, wood panels, burlap, machetes, leather, ropes, sequin, awning, plastic ropes, fabric, trumpet, cymbals, speaker, pins, duct tape, maracas, bongos, boots, sneaker, working gloves, basketballs, boxing gloves, and acrylic.
Con-junto (The Ensemble), 2015, steel, aluminum, nails, metal buckets, paint buckets, casseroles, palm tree branches, dried coconuts, branches, palm tree trunks, wood panels, burlap, machetes, leather, ropes, sequin, awning, plastic ropes, fabric, trumpet, cymbals, speaker, pins, duct tape, maracas, bongos, boots, sneaker, working gloves, basketballs, boxing gloves, and acrylic , 114 × 120 × 48 in., 289.6 × 304.8 × 121.9 cm. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
An installation view of two sculptures by Daniel Lind-Ramos.
Installation View. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
A mixed media sculpture by Daniel Lind-Ramos made of steel, aluminum, nails, palm tree branches, dried coconuts, branches, palm tree trunks, burlap, machete, leather, ropes, sequin, awning, plastic ropes, fabric, pins, duct tape and acrylic.
Figura de Cangrejos, 2018-2019, steel, aluminum, nails, palm tree branches, dried coconuts, branches, palm tree trunks, burlap, machete, leather, ropes, sequin, awning, plastic ropes, fabric, pins, duct tape, acrylic , 90 × 72 × 82 in., 228.6 × 182.9 × 208.3 cm. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.
A mixed media sculpture by Daniel Lind-Ramos made of mirrors, concrete blocks, cement bag, sledge hammer, construction stones bag, paint bucket, wood panels, palm tree trunk, burlap, leather, ropes, sequin, awning, plastic ropes, fabric, trumpet, pins, duct tape, maracas, sneaker, tambourine, working gloves, basketballs, boxing gloves and acrylic.
Figura de Poder, 2016-2018, mirrors, concrete blocks, cement bag, sledge hammer, construction stones bag, paint bucket, wood panels, palm tree trunk, burlap, leather, ropes, sequin, awning, plastic ropes, fabric, trumpet, pins, duct tape, maracas, sneaker, tambourine, working gloves, basketballs, boxing gloves, acrylic , 108 × 60 × 47 in., 274.3 × 152.4 × 119.4 cm. Photo: Pierre Le Hors.

Press

found objects fill the shelves and provide armor to a cabinet structure in one of Daniel Lind-Ramos' sculptures
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Lind-Rramos's frequent use of found objects creates a sculpture of a group of musicians.
Two of Lind-Ramos' figures stand stoically in the white hall. One's materials take on a teal and dark brown hue, the other red, pink and beige.
One of Lind-Ramos' sculptures appears in the foreground, resembling a figure lunging forward, one arm reaching up triumphantly.
Lind ramos, figura de cangrejos (view 2), 2018 2019, mixed media, 90 x 72 x 82 in., 228.6 x 182.9 x 208.3 cm embajada
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A large, mixed-media almost totemic sculpture, with drapery and fabric
A large, mixed-media almost totemic sculpture, with drapery and fabric
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