Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Ruben Ochoa

Having once created illusionary spaces in a freeway wall, conceptual artist Ruben Ochoa follows up by creating an illusionary freeway wall in an exhibition space. See Ochoa's "Remnants of a Freeway Wall Extraction," on view at LACMA through September 1 as part of "Phantom Sightings: Art after the Chicano Movement."

Ruben grew up in Oceanside California. He is an artist who lives and works in Los Angeles. Ochoa studied at the University of California, Irvine (MFA, 2003), Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles (BFA, 1997), and the Parsons School of Art and Design, New York. He was included in the Whitney Biennial 2008 at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the 2004 California Biennal at the Orange County Museum of Art. Ruben Ochoa’s interdisciplinary practice includes sculpture, site-specific and site-responsive installations, photography, drawing, and public intervention. An aspect of his work touches upon the urban surrounding of the city, the tension between social classes, urban architecture, and nature. He mostly uses a range of materials including basic building materials such as rebar and concrete. His subjects mainly refer to the urban surrounding of Los Angeles: the tension between social classes, culture, urban architecture and nature. His work was recently shown in solo exhibitions at LAXART in Los Angeles, and at Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, New York. He was awarded a 2005 Creative Capital Grant for his Freeway Wall Extraction project, and he was featured in the 2004 California Biennal at the Orange County Museum of Art. [Wikipedia]
Ruben's next exhibit will be at the MCASD, La Jolla, opening March 26.
2003 Master of Fine Arts, University of California, Irvine

1997 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

1996 Parsons School of Art and Design, New York

You can also see his visiting artist lecture filmed at Otis College.
"Ruben Ochoa, Otis alumni 97, is currently a Los Angeles-based sculpture and installation artist. He was born in 1974 in Oceanside and received his MFA from UC Irvine in 2003 and his BFA from Otis in 1997. In March 2008, he was selected as a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, California (2010), Charles H. Scott gallery at Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (2009) and SITE, Santa Fe, New Mexico (2009).

He has been included in group exhibitions including upcoming Collectors XXIV, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and recently 'Its all about Sculpture' at the Haubrok Foundation, Berlin, 'In the Round: The 90th Anniversary of OTIS College of Art & Design', at Andrew Shire Gallery, L.A.; Other projects include 'Fwy Wall Extraction' (10 fwy eastbound below Soto St and Marengo Blvd intersection, L.A.), 'Disrup, L.A., aint that revolutionary, L.A.', and CLASS: C, a mobile artist space featuring over 75 artists, curators, and collaborators throughout Southern California."

I met Ruben when he was a student here at Palomar College, on an art trip to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. His "Art Van" presented itself at a few of Palomar's Boehm Gallery art openings as a gallery space all in itself.