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Ruben Ochoa 
Fwy Wall Extraction 
2006 
  
© Ruben Ochao; A Project of Creative Capital Foundation and LA><Art's Public Initiatives 
  
 
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Photo Synthesis
Colin Westerbeck
 
Ochoa's Wall Extraction can be viewed until Jan. 21 on the eastbound 10 Freeway under the Soto and Marengo streets overpass. (Los Angeles)
 
Ruben Ochoa's photograph is as hard to explain as a René Magritte painting. In fact, it's a lot like Magritte's "The Human Condition," in which a landscape painting on an easel in front of a window fills in the view outside that the canvas blocks. Like Magritte's painting of a painting, the Ochoa work seen here is a photograph of a photograph.
 
It's an installation view documenting the piece Ochoa created on the 10 Freeway. Here's how it was done: Ochoa got permission from Caltrans to install his work on a retaining wall. Next he went through photographs he'd taken at freeway construction sites or offramps where there was no wall to block the adjacent view of nature. Selecting pictures that fit with the flora behind the site on the 10, he then combined them digitally into a hypothetical view of what one might see were the freeway wall breached. The result was printed on strips of vinyl wallpaper that were seamlessly overlapped to create the illusion you see here.
 
Magritte seems the right frame of reference for this piece because, like some of the more recent work in "Magritte and Contemporary Art," now at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ochoa's massive "intervention" (as he calls it) is a gesture of pure Conceptualism.
 
[Originally published in West Magazine : December 24, 2006, p.11] 
 
 
  
 
  
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