Nancy Rubins on Objects in the In-Between, Pia Singh, δημοσίευση στο Hyperallergic [1/3/2023]Marilena Pateraki
CHICAGO — On loan to the City of Chicago through a collaboration between the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), EXPO Chicago’s IN/SITU program, and Chicago’s Park District Offices, two Nancy Rubins sculptures can now be found along Lake Michigan’s shoreline. Bright glints of silvers from “Agrifolia Majoris” (2017), and matte, warm bronzes from “Dense Bud” (2016) contrast shades of aquamarine. One site, nestled within a tree line skirting Promontory Point, lies in Hyde Park while the other, slightly more secluded, sits between the newly inaugurated AIDS Memorial Park and Foster Beach. Both provide for an unusual encounter; a tempest of clockwise-counter clockwise life-sized metal animalia — hovering, whipping tails, and tousling antlers, until their primitivities liquesce.
Harking back to Dadaism and Surrealism in the Bay Area, Rubins masterfully topples conventions of material, discipline and style. Her work concentrates on the experience of the enigmatic, as she recalls leaving “drippy sandcastles” at campsites on family vacations off the coast of Santa Rosa Island, Florida. In summers, prior to pursuing her MFA at the University of California Davis, Rubins worked as a waitress at Morro Bay. “Between tables, I’d stare at this enigmatic lump of rock in the ocean … I was really drawn to it,” she told Hyperallergic in an interview. “One summer, I made many, very small drawings in dense pencil, filling tiny sketchbooks with this enigmatic ‘lump.’ I wanted to build it once I got to graduate school.”
Η συνέχεια εδώ.