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Rub?n Ortiz-Torres discusses a selection of his work beginning with a series of airbrushed banners in the Mexican tradition of...

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February 23, 2000 | Video Lecturer:

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Rub?n Ortiz-Torres discusses a selection of his work beginning with a series of airbrushed banners in the Mexican tradition of airbrushed movie advertisements, but whose content focuses more on controversial current events. Discussing an anthropomorphic self portrait series using paintings and puppets, he also shows his original sketches for the Alien Toy truck where he imagines it as a mobile projection unit. His work with hybrids continues with a lowrider leaf blower project he created with gardener and inventor, Gody Sanchez who claimed that God gave him directions on how to alter a standard leaf blower to make it quieter and produce less pollution. After quickly discussing a series of minimalist paintings done with metallic car paint, he presents his upcoming commission for the Getty Center inspired by Che Guevara’s fingerprints taken at the time of his assassination in Bolivia. The piece features Che’s 1960 Chevy from Cuba, affixed with a custom hydraulics suspension so that it dances to a techno version of one of Ruben’s father’s songs entitled La Samba del Che, retitled La Samba del Chevy.