Conversation and Opening Reception for Ruben OchoaThursday, December 1, 7-10pm – Locust Projects, 155 NE 38th Street, Miami Design District

Opening reception and conversation with the artist: November 12, 7-10pm
Reception: Thursday, December 1, 7-10pm
Hours during Art Basel: November 29 – December 3, 9am-4pm
Moderated by Rene Morales, Associate Curator, Miami Art Museum
Locust Projects is pleased to announce “CORES and CUTOUTS,” Ruben Ochoa’s first solo exhibition in Miami. Known for using gritty, vernacular building materials such as concrete, dirt, and steel, the artist will create a new site-specific installation using the building’s substructure as source material. Ochoa will cut through the concrete floor to expose subterranean cross-sections of the gallery’s foundation, revealing the space where earth and architecture intersect. Cored segments of the poured concrete floor will totter on columns of substrate above their normal resting place.
Ochoa’s installations address an architectural disjuncture, conflating the gallery and the art ob-ject. With a nod to both archeology and earthworks, his work at Locust Projects further explores the materials and politics of infrastructure in the social fabric. Contemplating the materiality of the built environment, Ochoa’s work encourages viewers to have a deeper experience with their surroundings as they step out of the gallery and confront those same materials on the street.