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Passing Times new exhibit at Bordello Galería

Ruben Morales By Madam Turca

Bordello Galeria, Organos 19, at the Casa de la Noche bread-and-breakfast hotel, will be hosting the fall offerings of Morelian artist Ruben Morales. The reception will be held this Saturday, October 13, 6–8. Morales will be on hand to greet patrons.

Morales has been a longtime favorite at Casa de la Noche, where his art is featured in many of the rooms. He has recently endorsed the Bordello Galería as his primary venue and will be showing paintings in acrylic there for the first time in his career this Saturday.

Barbara Poole, exhibit organizer, first became interested in Morales’s work in the 90s and has since collected many of his oil paintings, now seen throughout Casa de la Noche. These images evoke memories of a simpler time and contribute to the experience of Mexican charm so characteristic of the hotel.

Morales, 72, says, “I work to create a mood or emotion, not just a picture.” He does this by using faceless subjects in everyday situations—a woman selling flowers, an old man walking with a cane, or a girl washing clothes. Emotion is evoked through posture, composition, and color, which is applied in broad strokes with a pallet knife or brush.

This time, though, Morales is trying a change by painting in acrylic. He can achieve many different effects with this medium.

A former student of Morelia’s Bellas Artes School, Morales says he rejected most traditional art education and learned from other painters he met. He works from his memory and imagination, capturing the nostalgia of everyday life in the Mexican campo.

Morales cites Diego Rivera as his favorite influence, but only his subject matter reflects Rivera’s style: they both pay tribute to the common man and woman. Morales’s gestural works, however, are technically looser and more flowing than Rivera’s and don’t hold the same strident political content.


Art Opening

Passing Times

Work by Ruben Morales

Sat, Oct 13, 6–8pm

Bordello Galeria

Orgános 19, 1/2 block off Hernández Macias

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