Hosfelt Gallery is presenting a solo exhibition of new paintings by London-based Gideon Rubin. For source material, Rubin looks to found images: flea market-purchased photo albums, vintage magazines and old film. Some of his recent paintings reflect his preoccupation with pre-World War II German cinema and others are based on Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1975 film “The Mirror.” Central to all of his work is his exploration of memory and the gap between reality and recollection. He is particularly inspired by film’s ability to reconstruct scattered memories through non-linear narrative. The combination of nostalgic yet timeless images represented in Rubin’s signature painting style – with his subjects reduced to a few adept brushstrokes in a minimal color palette – renders his imagery simultaneously straightforward and ambiguous.
Gideon Rubin was born in Tel Aviv, Israel, and lives in London. He received his MFA from Slade School of Fine Art, University College, London. Recent solo museum exhibitions include the Freud Museum, London; the Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus; Chengdu MoCA, China; San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, CA; and the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel.