From September 8 to December 31, 2011 – Oklahoma City Museum of Art
The fourth installment of the New Frontiers Series for Contemporary Art, Poodles & Pastries (and Other Important Matters): New Paintings by Franco Mondini-Ruiz presents a site-specific installation of approximately 1,000 small-scale paintings, most measuring 8 x 10 inches. Poodles, Parisian icons, pastries, cupcakes, chandeliers, couples, and fashionable women appear on canvases, embodying a visual extravaganza of imagery. Quick brushstrokes offset by vibrant colors of pink and blue capture spontaneity reminiscent of fashion illustrations. Witty titles evoke the poetic voice and humor of the artist. In essence, these paintings become miniature utopias to behold.
Opening Party/Peddler Performances
Small canvases create portability in purchasing power. Part performance and part studio art, Poodles & Pastries embodies a visual profusion of artwork. Over several days, Mondini-Ruiz will be “performing”—painting, pontificating, and peddling—with a background of music, complimentary pink drinks, frenzied shopping, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts. Visitors will be able to “curate” their own collections and go home with paintings purchased right off the walls. This is a no-miss show!
About the Artist
Born in 1961 in San Antonio, Texas, internationally-acclaimed artist Franco Mondini-Ruiz is a painter, sculptor, and performance artist based in Texas. The son of an “upper-crust” Italian father and a “working-class Tex-Mex” mother, the artist references a hybridity of high and low culture, class and art. A self-taught artist, Mondini-Ruiz graduated from St. Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Juris Doctorate before becoming a lawyer in San Antonio. Named one of the “25 Movers and Shakers” in ArtNews, Mondini-Ruiz has been featured in numerous museums and international shows and he has been awarded many prestigious grants and prizes. Mondini-Ruiz is a 2004 recipient of the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant. Exhibitions include Mexique (2000) at the Museo del Barrio, New York; Infinito Botánica (1999) at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Ultrabaroque: Apsects of Post-Latin American Art (2000-2003) and 2000 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art.