CALEXICO — An exhibit by Tijuana artist Jaime Ruíz Otis opens tonight in the Steppling Art Gallery at San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus here.
The public is invited to an opening reception from 6:30 to 8.
The exhibit, titled "Rastro," is part of the year-long creative work sponsored by a grant to Ruíz from Mexico's FOECA, a state organization for the support of arts and culture. The monetary award is both a recognition of the artist's past accomplishments and an acknowledgment of his potential as a young artist in Baja California.
"Ruíz typically works with recycled industrial materials," Steppling gallery director Sheila Dollente said. "He has incorporated everything from gold leaf to gummed labels to print-cartridge toner powders into his paintings and other art objects."
"While working at a maquiladora a few years ago," said Ruíz, "I began thinking about the possibilities in materials that are routinely discarded. My art investigates the transformation of these items into something beautiful."