American, b. 1975

Phasing Moments: Video and Sound Works (2017
Video and Sound
Total Running Time (3 Videos): 42'57

Premiered: BATTLE CREEK (Michigan) October 2, 2017 —
Host: ArtHouse 43 presents
Show: Phasing Moments, an art show created by
Artists: Troy Ramos (video/sound) and Chris Ramos (paintings)

This show features artworks using three mediums: video, sound and paintings. These works were created using the naturalism approach (a term coined by Troy Ramos), which is a momentary-form where works are created in as short amount of time as possible, so as to capture the state of mind at a particular point in time and space. There are 9 total works: three paintings, three videos and three sound works.

These works also have an interesting collaborative, twist, however. The art works were created in the spirit of the works created before them. Using video, sound and painting, the artists took an idea, started with one medium and then passed this idea back and forth, using the previous  works as a starting point to create a new work. This process was then repeated every time, with each work of art being connected to all of the previous works in some way.

“Everything in this world emanates from something that already exists. Art is no different.”, says Troy Ramos. “We simply wanted to create a collection of artworks that were more strongly connected to each other, rather than with some outside force.”

Each stage of this metamorphosis produced an artwork formed by both the medium and its place in the process itself. The results of this process are what make up the art works in Phasing Moments. It is simply an art show that focuses on both process and the transformation of ideas which were passed through different phases, the result of each phase producing its own unique result and compiling an interesting collection of works overall.

“The process we developed to exchange one idea to the next was very interesting, and the resulting artwork leaves traces of what it was like to be inside the mind of the artists at each of the nine phases.” says Chris Ramos. "I think people will find the show captivating in that sense, and we are excited to see their reactions.”

This show was made possible through a generous grant by The Battle Creek Community Foundation. This project is also sponsored by the Art Center of Battle Creek and Battle Creatures, LLC.

TROY RAMOS                         Phasing Moments: Phase 1 (Video) & Phase 3 (Sound) (2017)
American, b. 1975                     Video and Sound
                                                 Running Time: 13'26

TROY RAMOS                      Phasing Moments: Phase 5 (Video) & Phase 6 (Sound) (2017)
American, b. 1975                    Video and Sound
                                                Running Time: 14'46


TROY RAMOS                      Phasing Moments: Phase 8 (Video) & Phase 9 (Sound) (2017)
American, b. 1975                     Video and Sound
                                                 Running Time: 14'45




American, b. 1975

Somewhere Between Hope and Fear (2015)
Video and Sound
Running Time: 8’33

You know what the difference is between history and memory? History is knowing what happened in the past. Memory is asking yourself: what does that which happened in the past have to do with who I am today?
-Avraham Infeld

There are memories for an individual, and ones that we share collectively. We can know the history of our community. But how do our memories of our local history affect who we are today? Do you think about these things or have you moved on? If we look back in time and try to take the best things that have happened, and also try to move past (i.e. forget about) the bad things that have happened, aren’t we risking absorbing both?  Is it even possible to take one and not the other?  And how do we begin to talk about these things? Through art?  How do these memories relate to art? Maybe they shouldn't relate to it. Maybe they should.  Are you reading this looking for answers? Are we asking too many questions? If not these questions, which ones?

Somewhere Between Hope and Fear (2015) puts two potentially collective and individual memories in front of us: video of the abandoned-looking site of the formerly bustling Kellogg’s plant; and also various sounds recorded from outside the nearby Post plant (sounds which were then turned into a musical work). And after being put together, this work at once then becomes a harmony of memories. And because it combines two identities, identities which have very different histories and a very different relationship with the community, this piece also becomes a harmony of identities.

This artwork is really only concerned with the aesthetic quality of the images and sounds and how they function together. Beyond that, as mentioned, this work also happens to be inspired by thinking about the memories we have of events in our past, collectively and individually, thinking about them through potentially recognizable and/or symbolic images and sounds which may or may not trigger those memories, and how remembering a point in the past affects our thinking today as we experience them in a present setting and in an artistic context.

Somewhere Between Hope and Fear (2015)
©2015 Troy Ramos