Awardee: Ruben Ochoa

Visual Arts, 2005

Ruben Ochoa has exhibited in southern California at spaces such as Greyscale in San Diego, The Orange County Museum of Art's California Biennial, The Project in Los Angeles, and The Pasadena City College Art Galley. He has done performance interventions at The Museum of Contemporary Art in La Jolla and the Oceanside Museum of Art, among other spaces. Ochoa has received an Emerging Artist Fellowship from the California Community Foundation, an Artist Completion Grant from the Durfee Foundation, A Diversity Fellowship from UC Irvine, and an LRM Scholarship from Low Rider Magazine. He received his MFA from UC Irvine in 2001.


Project: Freeway Extractions

_Freeway Extractions_ is a two-part photomural project in Los Angeles. In the first phase, Ochoa photographs the surrounding vegetation near freeway walls, then digitally creates wallpaper of the shrubbery on adhesive vinyl sheeting. Second, with a team of assistants, Ochoa mounts these wallpaper murals on public freeway walls throughout Southern California, document the process, and then remove them. _Freeway Extractions_ is a way to engage a space where class, culture and art can collide.