Chicago Artist Ruben Aguirre Opens a Solo Exhibition ‘Linements’ in Dorothea Thiel Gallery of South Suburban College

Pictured:  “Illusion of the Outside” is artwork from Chicago Artist Ruben Aguirre set to display as part of his larger exhibition “Linements” at South Suburban College this month.

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL –(ENEWSPF)—August 24, 2015. The Art & Design Department of South Suburban College is pleased to announce a special guest artist exhibition titled “Linements,” by Chicago artist Ruben Aguirre in the Dorothea Thiel Gallery from August 25th through September 14th.  There will also be a closing reception for the artist at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 14th.  The Dorothea Thiel Gallery is located on the 4th Floor of SSC’s Main Campus.  The exhibition is part of the college’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations.  

Ruben Aguirre is a Chicago based painter who has transitioned from graffiti writing to abstract painter/contemporary muralist.  He has produced a number of murals in the Chicagoland area, and recently exhibited in “Living Like Kings: The Unexpected Collision of Chess and Hip Hop Culture” at The World Chess Hall of Fame, St. Louis, MO; “Paint, Paste, Sticker: Chicago Street Art” at the Chicago Cultural Center; and The National Museum of Mexican Art exhibit “Outside In: The Mexican-American Street Art Movement in Chicago.”  His public work has been commissioned for schools, co-working spaces, residential spaces, private businesses, neighborhood development organizations, as well as various corporate clients. 

Aguirre stated, “My work has evolved from the ego-based, quantity driven Graffiti mind set, to public mural work that embraces the communal and contemplative.  Being a Graffiti artist mandates incessant exploration of new and different spaces.  This motivation will always be an aspect of my work.  In my journey to push my work beyond letter based Graffiti, Chicago neighborhoods became my studio space and taught me the ability to use painting to re-contextualize existing structures. The unexpected beauty and intention of murals have the power to change the perception of ignored neighborhoods and spaces.  My work is an abstraction of traditional Graffiti letter-forms that create organic shapes and line work that integrate with preexisting lines of buildings or surfaces.  While graffiti was all about making myself known as an individual, my current work embraces contemplation on a space’s use, history and people to create visual work that enhances communities.”

Aguirre was born in Chicago, is a graduate of local Thornwood high school and received a B.A. from Columbia College Chicago with a concentration in Painting in 2002.

SSC Galleries are open at minimum Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The galleries are closed on weekends and holidays.  The public is welcome to visit art exhibitions and receptions at no charge. 

For more information, please call 708-596-2000, ext. 2445 or visit   SSC is located at 15800 South State Street, South Holland, Illinois.