Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man
is a current solo show by Ruben Ortiz-Torres at the San Diego Museum of Art
in Balboa Park. No it is not directly connected to James Joyce's novel, but it does reflect upon Ruben's development as an artist and his experience growing up in the punk scene in Mexico City. Ruben has been a longtime professor at University California, San Diego and has work in a variety of permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego.This show exhibits an array of his paintings, drawings, and photographs. The show runs until November 6th.
"The work by Rubén Ortiz-Torres (b. 1964), an internationally-renowned artist, curator, and author, featured in Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man was developed from the early eighties to the early nineties when the artist was inspired by the punk scene in Mexico City. As with many artists of his generation, punk culture became an avenue in which the artist formulated his own creative identity. As both a participant in the punk scene and as a visual artist, Ortiz-Torres’s works demonstrate his intimate relationship with his subjects. The diverse media included in this exhibition, such as paintings, drawings, photographs, and video, exemplify Ortiz-Torres’s rigorous technical skill and also provide a rare opportunity for visitors to experience this highly-regarded artist’s earlier works."