Artist, architect to speak at forum

The Bronowski Art & Science Forum, in its 12th year, will present “A Conversation with Artist Ruben Ochoa and Architect Teddy Cruz” at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at The Neurosciences Institute Auditorium, 1640 John Jay Hopkins Drive, La Jolla.

The free program will be moderated by art critic Robert Pincus and will focus on the similarities, differences and philosophies of the artist and architect.

Ruben Ochoa, who grew up in Oceanside and is now a Los Angeles-based artist, works at the interface of art and architecture. His work is a nod to Marcel Duchamp with an architectural take on the Southern California urban landscape and politics with his use of industrial construction materials. His monumental scale works combine materials of construction; shipping pallets, concrete, rebar and chain-link fencing.

Ochoa’s sculptural installations showed at the MCASD this spring.

One of some 6,000 artists and the only American, Ochoa was selected as a finalist in the Pinchut Foundation’s Future Generation Art Prize. The exhibition of short-listed artists will open at the PinchukArtCentre on Oct. 29 in Kiev, Ukraine.

Teddy Cruz, the principal of Estudio Teddy Cruz, has gained worldwide recognition for his commitment to finding architectural and urban planning solutions for global political and social problems that proliferate in international border zones.

Most architects live to build. Cruz lives to lay the economic, social and political groundwork for buildings — specifically, housing and small-scale commercial centers for minority communities, most of them in the rapidly growing area between San Diego and Tijuana, where, Cruz said, “some of the richest real estate in the world is 20 minutes away from some of the poorest.”

Cruz began studying architecture at Rafael Landivar University in Guatemala City (B.A., 1982), and after emigrating to the United States, continued his studies at Cal State Polytech San Luis Obispo. In 1991, Cruz received the prestigious Rome Prize in Architecture and shortly thereafter completed his architectural education at Harvard University GSD (M.Des.S. 1997).

— Ron Newby


SOURCE: Press Release