Saturday, May 7, 2011


The Power Tool, as everybody knows, is an extention of masculinity and manhood.

Rubén Ortiz Torres, a Mexican artist living in L.A., U.S.A., portraits stereotypes of the Mexican immigrant in his Pan-American relation to "the American citizen".

Mexicans in California are usually destined to manual labor like gardening or window washing. The macho Chicano is also known for his lowrider: the shiny pimped classic car with hydraulic suspension, sitting low above the ground.

Torres's sculptures and installations combine the power tool of the low-income job (like leaf blowers and lawn mowers) with the hydraulics and polished chrome of the lowrider. These sculptures not only portrait Mexican culture within the U.S.A. but also comment on their political-social relationship.
To read the interesting story behind the pimped leaf-blowers on Torres's own blog follow this link.

Rubén Ortiz Torres, 'Power Tools (detail)', (1999)

Rubén Ortiz Torres, 'Power Tools (detail)', (1999)

Rubén Ortiz Torres, 'The Garden of Earthly Delights' (2002)

Rubén Ortiz Torres, '1492 Indians vs. Dukes' (1993)

1 comment:

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