Rubin lives and works
in San Francisco. His scrupulously detailed drawings of 1970s
suburbia depict remembered interiors of his friends’ houses.
These densely constructed,
totally off-kilter images lay bare all the trappings of the Good Life.
sectional sofas, potted plants,Oriental carpets, and neatly arranged
abound. Drawn with a compressed, agitated line, the primly contained
sites of ill-fated
beer bashes and other home-alone antics are both less and more than
the sum of their parts. While Rubin approaches his subjects with a
celebratory eye for the
nuances of material comforts, the ruptured manner in which these things
the page suggests a darker, less cozy side to growing up on the right
side of the tracks.
Born 1963 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lives in Oakland,
Rubin recent solo exhibitions include the peaceable
Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery in San Francisco (2003), Drawings and
Videos at Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery in Oakland (2001), and Boy at
Center on Contemporary Art in Seattle (2000). Selected group exhibitions
include Ladies and boys and touching at Yale School of
Architecture in New Haven (2003), Adolescent Boys and
Living Rooms at Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo in Mexico City
(2002), and Of The Moment at San Francisco Museum
of Modern Art (2000).
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