Nano Rubio: Vectors
Recent Claremont graduate Nano Rubio saw his first solo show, Vectors at the George Lawson Gallery this month. A beautiful acrylic display of summer color and texture, the organic fluidity of the paint as well as the sorbet on a summer evening palette have already begun materializing inspiration in my mind.
Rubio has developed a sophisticated and robust procedural vernacular. His visual language—based on the juxtaposition of opposites such as the precision of an auto detailer’s pinstriping wheel against the gestural loops of a house painter’s brush—is at once abstract and grounded in the tools and techniques of painting, yet adept at carrying narrative, even socio-political content. Rubio’s paintings embody the dynamism of his immediate environment without foregoing painting’s deep history. They echo the contemporary dilemma of burgeoning technocracy, the checked impulses of organic life amidst the intrusions of distributed digital networks.