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|Gideon Rubin, Class of 1947 (Prom), 12 paintings each 25x20cm, Oil on linen, 2012|
Booth 540, Pier 94, Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street NY, NY, USA
Gideon Rubin asks what it means to be a contemporary painter; he tests his chosen medium, its possibilities and limitations.
Using found anonymous photographs - often from the turn of the century - Rubin selects characters and scenes which he conveys onto canvas. Using broad brushstrokes and a muted palette the figures and landscapes are often abstracted; details are effaced and scenes move in and out of the picture plane.
The surfaces of the paintings reveal strata of previous paintings or are scraped back to reveal the canvas beneath, in other instances Rubin leaves entire areas of canvas untouched so that they become integral parts of the work whilst drawing attention to the paintings support. Embedded within layers of paint or receding from view it is as if his selected characters are entrenched in multiple histories or are unrecoverable in the here and now. And as such the artist asks what it means to paint and to transplant people and objects into his selected medium.
In bringing paintings representational possibilities and its self-reflective qualities within reach of each other Rubin asks the viewer to consider the act of painting and its legacy.
Gideon Rubin was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and lives in London. Following four years at the School of Visual Arts in New York he continued his education at The Slade, London, graduating in 2002. He has had numerous international solo exhibitions and his works are included in private collections in London, Hong Kong, New York, Paris and beyond.