The Caretakers (Los Cuidadores)
The City of West Hollywood through WeHo Arts presents The Caretakers (Los Cuidadores), a site-specific art installation of painted workers installed as a series of figurative murals in West Hollywood Park by Ramiro Gomez, a local artist who lives and works in West Hollywood.
Ramiro Gomez is known for making visible the “invisible” workforce of westside communities by installing life-size cardboard cutouts of nannies, gardeners, valet workers and housekeepers in and around West Hollywood, Beverly Hills and other westside locations. Three of the figures in The Caretakers (Los Cuidadores) are based on real-life nannies named Daisy, Elsa, and Lucy who Ramiro has met while working as a nanny himself. The fourth male character in the composition is based on several gardeners he has seen working in West Hollywood Park or at the Pacific Design Center across the street from the park. All four of the characters highlight the loving efforts to maintain gardens and raise children in the City.
Ramiro Gomez sees the City of West Hollywood as a diverse blend of people from many different ethnic and social backgrounds, connecting specifically with the many people who work in various domestic and service-oriented jobs in the city. “I am constantly walking around or finding inspiration in the various, brief situations I come across, such as the nanny pushing a stroller, a housekeeper waiting for the bus, a gardener trimming a hedge, or a valet waiting in front of restaurants and stores around Melrose Place,” he says, when asked about his inspiration. “These seeming unremarkable scenes of people who work here are in actuality significant representations of the labor that enables this city to operate. There is glamour and luxury in West Hollywood,” he says, “but there are people who are needed to maintain that luxury.” It is at the intersection of glamour, luxury, and labor that Gomez sees beauty.
Ramiro Gomez was named as one of the 'Top 25 Young Artists to Watch' by Art Voices magazine in 2013. He has had art shows at UCLA and CSU-Fullerton, and contributed art installations like the one pictured above for the City of West Hollywood sponsored inaugural Install: Weho event. He has been featured in The Huffington Post, NPR, CNN, and The Atlantic Cities. His artworks investigating issues of immigration that he installed near the gates of the White House and in Arizona that received national coverage in the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Post.
The Caretakers (Los Cuidadores) is Ramiro Gomez' first public artwork to be on extended display.
A reception for the artist was held on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 4-6 pm in West Hollywood Park near the murals, which are located in the northwest corner of the park between the basketball courts and the Tiny Tots building. For more information about the murals, contact the project coordinator Mike Che, Arts Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org (323) 848-6377.
For more information about Ramiro Gomez, read through his artist profile here.