The Sansweets,2002
Color pencil on Duralene
27 x 35 inches
Courtesy Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles

Jon 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. Stone fireplaces, sectional sofas, potted plants,Oriental carpets, and neatly arranged end tables 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 spill across the page suggests a darker, less cozy side to growing up on the right side of the tracks.

Jon Rubin
Born 1963 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lives in Oakland, California.
Rubin recent solo exhibitions include the peaceable kingdom at 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).