Ruben Nieto: Paintings
October 24 – December 12, Edith O’Donnell Arts & Technology Building 1st floor, Free
Nieto’s exposure to comic books in his youth has left an indelible impression on him and, by proxy, on everyone who views his current paintings. His work has an impact greater than the sum of its fragmented, reconstituted parts, including the unorthodox process by which the paintings are made. Nieto digitally “shreds” and reassembles images taken from comic books, then sends the electronic files to academically trained artists at the Beijing Academy in China, who paint the images on canvas. The paintings are returned to the United States, where Nieto applies the finishing touches. If this sounds like a solution for art making particular to the climate of late post modernist irony in the early twenty-first century, it is worth noting that Baroque artists working in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries such as Peter Paul Rubens had legions of studio assistants painting major and minor figures and background details for their huge paintings of battle and hunting scenes.