Program 4: GeoVistas
Program 12: Zoetropes
My personal need to express myself about life experiences has taken me through many art forms -- from
objective to non-objective, two dimensional and three dimensional styles of art. All of these have
One of these is the metaphoric quality found in visual expression. In the Art On-Air Geo-Vista
project similarities can be found between the inside and outside images such as a bird's nest and the
bed I sleep in. These are two separate images. When you join the shapes and try to figure out how
the shapes might fit together as sculpture, you discover their similarities -- such as how a bed
is like a nest and how a bird's nest is like a bed -- these are the metaphors that make art come
There is a sense of magic that can occur through visual understanding. You take images, geometric shapes
and the element of chance in assembling a sculpture, mix them together and then something special happens
-- an idea that is like gold.
For me, one of the best parts of life is sharing with others who are also seekers on the road to self
discovery. As a teacher I develop relationships by sharing ideas. I try to keep myself open to the
elements of chance that can occur with my students. I try to share with them the neurological
alchemy of discovery.
This piece is one of a number I am making that deal with the history of
the buffalo trace in Kentucky. I was trying to get the feeling of an old photographic negative and
capture the rough surface of the old rock cliffs in Kentucky. For me -- the piece has the quality
of a relief painting found in a cave, created and left there by an earlier civilization.
This work is 3 ft. x 4 ft. and has a three-dimensional surface made up of Portland cement. I have
developed my black on black image using charcoal and graphite. What you see as lighter areas are
actually the shine from the graphite.
Ruben Moreno, artist
Indian Creek ©1995 Ruben Moreno
Graphite and Concrete cement, 40" x 50"
Grid for Uneven Surface ©1995 Ruben Moreno
Graphite and Concrete cement, 4' x 6'
RUBEN MORENO has conducted residencies across Kentucky. His areas of expertise include art instruction,
teacher training, drawing and painting, photography, and video production. He has taught at the University
of Louisville and Maysville Community College and also has served on the Governor's School for the
Arts faculty every summer since 1992. Ruben has exhibited his art works at the Living Arts and Science
Center in Lexington; at the Field Gallery in Cincinnati; at Maysville Community College; and at Villa
Madonna Academy in Villa Hills. He has a BFA in painting and sculpture from the University of South
Alabama and an MFA in painting and cinema from the University of Cincinnati.
Teacher's Guide for Geo-Vistas
Teacher's Guide for Zoetropes
Other Instructional Television Resources
- Arts Express - Instructional Television
series - Program 11 "Shape and Form" - how shape and form are used to depict geometric
and natural objects in the visual arts and Program 12 "Space" - explores the use of
space in the visual arts.
- Doodle - Program 7 Computer Graphics and Animation
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