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Mark Moore Gallery proudly presents " Smear\," a solo exhibition of paintings by Los An geles-based artist\, Nano Rubio. Rubio is the recipient of the inaugural Moore Family Foundation Grant (MFF Grant) - awarded and juri ed by local curatorial entity\, 5790projects - which includes a financial g rant and Project Room show with Mark Moore Gallery. Engaging with seemingly discordant elements of structure and chaos\, Rubio’s paintings are reminis cent of the “push/pull” spatial qualities associated with abstract expressi onist painters\, such as Hans Hofmann. By composing a background of highly precise line work behind a foreground of loosely gestured swaths of paint\, Rubio engages in a rich interchange between geometric precision and perfor mative mark-marking techniques.

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Rubio’s meticulously r endered lines are derived from a traditional pinstriping technique\, and re call the laborious methodology of hot rod detailing. Seemingly mechanical b ands fill the canvas in waves\, transforming the field into an undulating k ind of optical ambiguity. By contrast\, each foreground features the unpred ictable quality of organic forms - some evoking the haunting presence of th e human likeness while others merely allude to an indexical thumbprint. Rub io’s interest in a duplicitous surface is best exemplified by his manipulat ion of layering and distorting a single medium. While occupying a shared sp ace and makeup\, the paint's variance implies disconnected genres\; an ineq uality that Rubio likens to sociopolitical polarities and limited consumer choice. The relationship between these dissonant practices creates a curiou s terrain in which macro structures rest upon surfaces of micro detailing\; a tension that allows the viewer to magnify or diminish these elements at will. In Rubio's hands\, paint is both the unifying and dividing constituen t of an overall experience\, and ultimately the cartography of his process- oriented execution. Whether it is achieved by filling a punching bag with p aint\, and letting the evidence of his exertion drag across the canvas\, or painstakingly fashioning networks of painterly veins\, Rubio's critique of societal disconnectivity is executed through his own physicality as much a s his conceptual representation.

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Nano Rubio (b.1983) r eceived his MFA from Claremont Graduate University (CGU). He is the recipie nt of a Graduate Fellowship from CGU and a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA Gra nt Nominee. Rubio has exhibited throughout Southern California at various v enues such as R&\;R Gallery (Los Angeles)\, dA Center for Arts (Pomona)\ , Todd Madigan Gallery (CSU Bakersfield)\, and most recently a solo exhibit ion at George Lawson Gallery (Los Angeles). The artist lives and works in B akersfield\, CA.

DTEND:20130209 DTSTAMP:20141227T113821 DTSTART:20130112 GEO:34.0339839;-118.370736 LOCATION:Mark Moore Gallery\,5790 Washington Blvd. \nCulver City\, CA 90232 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Smear\, Nano Rubio UID:250830 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130112T200000 DTSTAMP:20141227T113821 DTSTART:20130112T180000 GEO:34.0339839;-118.370736 LOCATION:Mark Moore Gallery\,5790 Washington Blvd. \nCulver City\, CA 90232 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Smear\, Nano Rubio UID:250831 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR