Nancy Rubins, Our Friend Fluid Metal
Gagosian Gallery, NYC
July 17 - September 13, 2014
Instillation artist and sculptor, Nancy Rubins was born in Texas and currently lives in Topanga, California. Her current exhibition at Gagosian in West Chelsea, Rubins transforms playground critters into sculptures. A constellation of four sculptures of varying scale present a carnivalesque riot of found color and form, clustered in webs of compression and tension.
Inspiration: "I'm making something I want to see, that pleases my eye. I look for materials that are really poignant, that are compelling to me. And if I could tell you why they were compelling to me, I wouldn't be a visual artist—I'd be a poet."
Medium: Stainless steel, aluminum, graphite, wood, cantilevered assemblages of objects, from home appliances to motor homes to airplane parts and small boats. Rowboats, kayaks, canoes and surfboards, amongst many.
My Favorite Piece: Our Friend Fluid Metal Paquito, 2013
Gagosian Gallery: Founded in Los Angeles, Gagosian has expanded to New York, London, Athens, Paris, Geneva, Hong Kong and Rome. Currently maintaining fourteen exhibition spaces in eight cities globally. Since 1980, the gallery has presented exhibitions by iconic artists such as Richard Artschwager, Francis Bacon, Max Beckmann, Constantin Brancusi, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain, Willem de Kooning, Walter De Maria, Alberto Giacometti, Arshile Gorky, Piero Manzoni, Claude Monet, Henry Moore, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg, Egon Schiele, David Smith, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, and Franz West. In Chelsea, New York, a 2013 Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition attracted 85,000 visitors to the gallery.
"I lived in San Francisco, when I first got out of graduate school, and I had these friends I'd go with to Goodwill or the Salvation Army, because they liked to look for used clothes. They'd have these old televisions there-big massive pieces of wood and plastic-for 25 cents apiece. And I thought, Wow, even if they didn't work, for 25 cents, you're getting a quantity of material there, almost for free. I started collecting them, not sure what I was going to do with them, but I amassed almost 300 TVs. My plan was to build a piece on my roof, in the silhouette of the city skyline, and I was going to paint it fluorescent orange." - Nancy Rubins
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