Ortiz-Torres, Ruben

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Digital access to this material is pending artist's approval. Materials may be viewed onsite at the Goldsen Archive, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Kroch Library, Cornell University.

I use different media (photography, video, film, painting, sculpture, baseball caps, custom cars, leaf blower machines, lawn mowers, writing, computers and more) to explore and participate in linguistic, aesthetic, social, and other collisions of art and culture in the shifting context of the New World Dis/Order. My work interacts with the cultural and iconographic postnational chaos. It does more than compile evidence of the processes of mutual distortion that define different kinds of international and cultural relations. It also documents the ultrabaroque ways of aesthetic production that have emerged from the global practice of cultural misinterpretation. Seduction is in direct proportion with the degree in which the political hybridizes with the popular and infects media. This eclectic art is a product of an inevitable miscegenation and celebrates the beauty of the impure.