Gideon Rubin: Red Boys and Green Girls
Opening Reception with the Artist: January 27, 5-7 pm
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The paintings in Gideon Rubin’s seventh solo exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery reflect the zeitgeist of our COVID-defined world. Solitary figures, frequently turned away from the viewer, stand immobilized or move dreamily in blurry, indefinite spaces. Isolated and dislocated, the scenes evoke a realm of introspection and become meditations on the individual’s relationship to humanity.
Rubin interprets anonymous images he’s mined from the internet, vintage magazines, or scenes from French New Wave Cinema. Like the film director Eric Rohmer, to whose work some of these images refer, he’s more interested in the emotional state of his subjects, than what they’re actually doing.
The show takes its title from two series of paintings, each group of the same subject matter: a boy in a red shirt and a young woman wearing a green dress. In each set, it’s the same clothing and same pose. Only the scale of the paintings shifts. "What surprised me, as I made them, was how different each felt. Almost as if it was the same green dress but worn by a different person," says Rubin.
Any series is an artist’s exploration of a subject matter that fascinates them. A series inevitably illustrates that the same thing, observed and interpreted repeatedly and at different times, will yield different conclusions. These works by Rubin are additionally meditations on the practice of painting, demonstrating how a few, sure brushstrokes can be used to suggest light falling on form, defining a mental state or conjuring a mood. Repeatedly painting the same figure with subtle variations, Rubin speaks to the fact that no one is the same person from moment to moment, and none of us is the same person today that we were in the autumn of 2019.
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. His solo museum exhibitions include the Freud Museum, London; the Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art, Nicosia, Cyprus; Chengdu MoCA, China; ICA, San Jose, CA; and the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art, Israel.
Gideon RubinBlue Shirt, 2021oil on linen12 1/8 x 10 1/8 in
30.5 x 25.5 cm
Gideon RubinFunfair, 2016oil on linen20 1/8 x 18 1/8 in
51 x 46 cm
Gideon RubinBoat, 2021oil on linen16 x 15 3/4 in
40.5 x 40 cm
Gideon RubinBoys, 2021oil on linen, diptych33 1/8 x 23 5/8 in each
84 x 60 cm each
Gideon RubinPlait, 2021oil on linen12 1/8 x 10 1/8 in
30.5 x 25.5 cm
Gideon RubinRed Shirt, 2021oil on linen11 3/4 x 7 7/8 in
30 x 20 cm
Gideon RubinRed Shirt, 2021oil on linen15 3/4 x 11 3/4 in
40 x 30 cm
Gideon RubinGreen Dress, 2021oil on linen11 3/4 x 7 7/8 in
30 x 20 cm
Gideon RubinGreen Dress, 2021oil on linen59 1/8 x 41 3/8 in
150 x 105 cm
Gideon RubinWhite Shirt, 2021oil on linen51 1/8 x 51 1/8 in
130 x 130 cm
In Conversation: Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett & Gideon RubinFeb 10, 2022Tune in for a virtual tour of Gideon Rubin's current exhibition at Hosfelt Gallery and a conversation between the artist and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, February 10th at 12pm PT. Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett is University Professor Emerita and Professor Emerita of Performance Studies at New York University. She is currently Ronald S. Lauder Chief Curator of the Core Exhibition at POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, in Warsaw. Her books include Image before My Eyes: A Photographic History of Jewish Life in Poland, 1864–1939 (with Lucjan Dobroszycki); They Called Me Mayer...