Ruben Olguin

Sonic Decay

Ruben Olguin

Sonic Decay is a site specific installation which examines the sounds of the local mechanical environment contrasted through the sculpture of salvaged adobe and wood. Using local salvaged adobe and wood from homes and barns a closed box is constructed with listening holes. It is often easy to forget the impressions that sound has left on these objects, noise has changed the life of the materials, vibrations cause impressions on these objects creating wear that is not visible to our eye. These noises emphasize the changing noise scape of today’s world contrasted by materials of the past.

A New Mexico based artist working in ceramics, adobe, sound, video, and electronic media. His work draws from his mixed Pueblo and Spanish heritage. He uses traditional/hand processes for sculpture and incorporates electronic elements. “My practice focuses spending as much time in the desert as in the computer lab”. His work has exhibited internationally, showing in Germany, Miami, Santa Fe and Taos. Olguin completed an MFA in studio arts from The University of New Mexico in 2015, and a BA in Cinematic Arts from The University of New Mexico in 2012. His goals are to make and teach new media art along with socially engaged art practices.

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