Gideon Rubin’s ‘On the Road’ and Jim Campbell’s ‘Tilted Plane’ at Hosfelt Gallery, San Francisco

SFAQ, San Francisco Arts Quarterly, January 9, 2014

Hosfelt Gallery is currently showing "On the Road" by Gideon Rubin and "Tilted Plane" by Jim Campbell, juxtaposing the work of two artists born decades and continents apart. Gideon Rubin is the kind of painter whose effortless facility in the medium tricks viewers into imagining it's facile. Jim Campbell transforms light bulbs and a temporary chamber into a magical realm threading the space between abstraction and representation. Both artists start with digital sources. Rubin presents us with physical monuments to digital anonymity that verge on nostalgia. Campbell's offering is fleeting, unnamable and immersive.