Mirroring Nature (2007-2010)

"The emblem of the automobile as an embodiment of the promise of America as an icon of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness would permeate the entire culture, Catholic and Protestant alike, and this metaphor of corporeal intelligence would be reinforced throughout the nineteen fifties and sixties."

Dave Hickey, Air Guitar

In a city designed to be driven, not walked, "your car is like your shoes", as the local mantra asserts, and the landscape is fashioned from crowded highways and streets coexisting with manicured public gardens mostly comprised of non-native invasive plants, which themselves are elegantly reflected in the glistening bumpers of 4-wheel-drive trucks and SUVs.

My paintings reflect fragments of this mixed landscape where conflicting elements dialogue with each other. The buildings glass facades reflect the pack of cars whose windshields and bumpers in turn reflect the Washington and Cardboard Palms, the Surinam Cherries, and the red Ixora flowers planted throughout the city. These deceptively beautiful paintings on canvas, carry an embedded warning about where this nonsensical superhighway may be taking us.

Rafael López-Ramos

                           

Flag, Air Conditioner & Sign
Flag, Air Conditioner & Sign

2007, acrylic on canvas, 18" x 24 "

Intersection
Intersection

2007, acrylic / canvas, 24" x 18" (private collection, Miami)

Glass Wall
Glass Wall

2007, acrylic / canvas, 24" x 30"

Bumper-mirror
Bumper-mirror

2008, acrylic / canvas, 51 1/2" x 36

Self-portrait & Garden on Headlights
Self-portrait & Garden on Headlights

2008, acrylic / canvas, 24" x 30"

Surinam Cherries in Miami
Surinam Cherries in Miami

2008, acrylic / canvas, 24" x 30" (Private collection, Miami)

Wheel-mirror-nature
Wheel-mirror-nature

Wheel-mirror-nature, 2008, acrylic / canvas, 31" x 39"

Wheel-mirror
Wheel-mirror

2008, acrylic / canvas, 48" x 69"

Red Bumper-mirror
Red Bumper-mirror

2008, acrylic / canvas, 69" x 47"

1 + 5 Palms (Trucks)
1 + 5 Palms (Trucks)

2008, acrylic / canvas, 69" x 54"

Inter-sections
Inter-sections

2009, latex & acrylic / canvas, 20" x 24" (Private collection, Miami)

Greens & 4 Drippings
Greens & 4 Drippings

2009, acrylic / canvas, 24" x 20"

Embodied Dream
Embodied Dream

2009, oil & acrylic / canvas, 30" x 40" (Private collection, Miami)

Red Van at Coral Way
Red Van at Coral Way

2009, acrylic / canvas, 24" x 20"

Ixoras at 8th Street
Ixoras at 8th Street

2010, acrylic on canvas, 30" x 40"

Dreadful Sky on LeJeune Road
Dreadful Sky on LeJeune Road

2010, acrylic / canvas, 30" x 40"

Brickell Twilight 2
Brickell Twilight 2

2010, acrylic on canvas, 40" x 30"

Mobil Cumulus nimbus
Mobil Cumulus nimbus

2010, acrylic / canvas, 30" x 40" (Donated to Solidarity Dame-Marian, North Miami)