Daniel Lind-Ramos solo exhibition at Marlborough, New York

Con-junto (The Ensemble), 2015 / Photos: Raquel Pérez Puig.

New York - 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, Mar 5 - Apr 18, 2020, New York, Chelsea. Opening Reception: March 5, 6–8 PM / Marlborough 545 West 25th Street New York, NY 10001.

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 Américas, 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.

Image: 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 x 120 x 48 in. / 289.6 x 304.8 x 121.9 cm and details. Photos: Raquel Pérez Puig.