Tectonic Reflections: Works by Rubén Aguirre

Saturday, Feb 5 – Jul 24, 2022

1852 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608

After shifting his art practice into a warehouse studio in 2019, the natural landscape continued to be a source of inspiration for Rubén Aguirre (b. 1979). By building on the visual language of his urban murals, his current studio work has generated a new dialect where reduced shapes and colors speak of terrestrial forms. Rendered as abstract topographies, his wood panel paintings invoke poetic contemplations on origin, self-awareness, one’s connection to the Earth, and our impermanence. These abstracted meditations on exhibit collectively reflect on the unforgiving tectonic forces of nature while remaining ambiguous and peripheral.

Curated by Dan Ramirez



The Chicago Park District
The Joyce Foundation
Prince Charitable Trusts
Illinois Arts Council Agency

Image: Sunscape 2, 2020, acrylic and spray paint on wood panel, 20"x16". Courtesy of the Artist