Russet Haze, Opus 3, 2015
Rust on panel
36 x 24 in
Los Angeles–based artist Ruben Ochoa uses the vernacular materials of landscape and urban construction—rubble, rust, concrete, metal rebar, chain-link fences, and dirt—as quiet critiques of class and culture. Through his sculpture, photographs, paintings, and works on paper, Ochoa transforms these materials into unique forms that highlight social, geographical, and racial disparities in society. In his ongoing series of “rust” paintings, several of which were included in The Contemporary Austin’s 2019 exhibition The Sorcerer’s Burden: Contemporary Art and the Anthropological Turn,Ochoa uses a controlled oxidation process generating rust and corrosion, typically associated with deterioration, to create dynamic and unpredictable compositions in variations of ethereal russet, brown, and orange hues. In Russet Haze, Opus 3, a title evoking both the Romantic sublime and a symphonic composition, Ochoa subverts historical academic notions of painting and the parameters of “acceptable” fine art materials by transforming a quotidian by-product to luminous painterly ends.
Los Angeles–based artist Ruben Ochoa uses the vernacular materials of landscape and urban construction—rubble,… more
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