19 November 2017 - 3 February 2018

“The urge to destroy is a creative urge”
-Mikhail Bakunin

In conjunction with the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA Participating Gallery Program, DXIX will present 6 Flag BBQ, a solo exhibition by Rubén Ortiz Torres. Six flags of different countries were burned in a grill. The ashes were used as pigment to make a new painting/flag? A new black monochrome abstraction was born from the ashes of the different colorful designs that represent different nation states. This iconoclasm integrates and opposes these obsolete forms of exclusion by a majority.

Rubén Ortiz-Torres was born in México City in 1964. Educated within the utopian models of republican Spanish anarchism soon confronted the tragedies and cultural clashes of post colonial third world. Being the son of a couple of Latin American folklore musicians he soon identified more with the noises of urban punk music. After giving up the dream of playing baseball in the major leagues, and some architecture training (Harvard Graduate School of Design) he decided to study art. He went first to the oldest and one of the most academic art schools of the Americas (the Academy of San Carlos in Mexico City) and later to one of the newest and more experimental (CalArts in Valencia CA). After enduring México City's earthquake and pollution he moved to Los Angeles with a Fullbright grant to survive riots, fires, floods, more earthquakes, and proposition 187. During all this he has been able to produce artwork in the form of paintings, photographs, objects, installations, videos, films, customized machines and even an opera. He is part of the permanent Faculty of the University of California in San Diego. He has participated in several international exhibitions and film festivals. His work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Artpace in San Antonio, the California Museum of Photography in Riverside CA, the Centro Cultural de Arte Contemporaneo in México City and the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid Spain among others. After showing his work and teaching art around the world, he now realizes that his dad's music was in fact better than most rock’n roll.

DXIX Projects, 519 Santa Clara Ave, Venice, California 90291

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Rubén Ortiz Torres
UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts

Image Credit:
Rubén Ortiz-Torres, 6 Flag BBQ (detail) production documentation, 2017
Image detail is courtesy of Artist Rubén Ortiz Torres and DXIX, Venice (USA).

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