Everyone’s favorite couple from “Grandfathered,” Christina Milian and Josh Peck, had an intense showdown on “Lip Sync Battle.” Milian and Peck went head-to-head as they lip-synced their way through a few epic ’90s hits. Peck tried his best to make “Thong Song” relevant again, while Milian laid it all out on the stage for “Waiting For Tonight.” We were riveted! Like, uh, is she J.Lo or nah?
Milian’s routine started with a sultry, sexy touch of the shoulder.
If you live in Los Angeles long enough, you’ll realize it’s a city of extremes. There are neighborhoods like Bel Air and Beverly Hills, where wealth and luxury is palpable. There’s also lots of ethnic enclaves where immigrants are in a balancing act to make ends meet.
L.A.-based artist Ramiro Gomez is attempting to bridge the gap between the two extremes.
Gomez is aware that his methods are subtle, but he says it’s deliberate. He feels that being heavy-handed with his message may turn people off: “In my case, I’m almost like, I’m whispering… and letting them know what I feel and I think.”
Gomez knows the struggle service workers endure to make ends meet. His father is a truck driver and his mother works as a janitor.
Gomez also has first-hand experience in the service industry. He nannied in the Laurel Canyon area of the Hollywood Hills, West Hollywood and Beverly Hills. While working as a nanny (artists have to pay the bills), Gomez spent lots of time driving around Los Angeles, which inspires lots of his work.
Gomez has also visited the border and placed cutouts to pay homage to people who risk their lives to give their children a better future.
“He was excited to see these paintings in a different way,” Gomez said in an interview with NPR’s Morning Edition about his meeting with Hockney. “He loved my choice of figures. He loved how I included the figures. He loved the color choices.”
In a Facebook photo he shared of the day he met Hockney in the flesh, Gomez said, “I did not get up this morning and think, ‘Today I’m going to meet and have lunch with David Hockney.’ But I did. The best things in life are unplanned. Along with a selfie to capture a moment I will always remember.'”
Last year, Gomez’s parents had a chance to see their son’s work in a gallery.
“On a personal level, it is because I have seen my parents’ tired bodies after a long day’s work that inspires me to create artwork that recognizes their labor,” wrote Gomez on Facebook. “They sacrifice so much for me and I just want to make them proud. I want to make their struggles worth it, and I am grateful to have the ability to do so.”
The son of humble immigrants was able to send his two parents on their first vacation — a trip to Las Vegas.
A collection of Gomez’s work has been compiled in a coffee table book, Domestic Scenes, which was written by New Yorker magazine writer Lawrence Weschler.