Rubén Ortiz Torres
Royale Projects, Los Angeles (DLG4)
Rubén Ortiz Torres adapts the aesthetics of lowrider culture to minimal and conceptual art. Precious metals in candy colored chromaluscent paint offer potent critiques on contemporary society through their marriage of anarchy and elegance.
For Frieze New York, Royale Projects presents new work by Rubén Ortiz Torres. The artist uses visual tropes of wealth, politics, influence, coercion, and control to present a subversive statement on systems of power. His largescale abstraction, gilded flag, mangled truck hood, and minimalist cubes are produced through various customization techniques used on lowrider cars, and are conceptually representative of Chrysopoeia—the alchemic process of the transmutation of elements into gold.
Rubén Ortiz Torres is widely recognized as a pacesetter of postmodernism. He has exhibited internationally and his work is in significant collections including Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art (LACMA), Los Angeles; Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes, Mexico; Metropolitan Museum of Art New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Spain; Smithsonian Museum of American Art , Washington, D.C.; The Tate Modern, London; and El Museo del Barrio, New York.
Rubén Ortiz Torres (born 1964, Mexico) lives in San Diego and Los Angeles