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ROKEBY will present a solo booth of new paintings by Gideon Rubin in the Art Futures section of Art Hong Kong 10.
Gideon Rubin is fascinated by the course of time. Using found photographs from the early twentieth century Rubin selects figures and scenes from these amateur and often banal snapshots that have some sort of discernible narrative but one that is open to conjecture. The resultant paintings hint at numerous narratives and histories offering no definitive reading or insight into the selected characters. For the first time the artist has selected photographs of Chinese origin, having discovered numerous albums on a recent trip to Hong Kong.
The figures and scenes move in and out of the picture plane and are embedded within layers of paint. As if entrenched in multiple histories the artist asks what it means to paint and to transplant people and scenes into his selected medium. Rubin exaggerates the fact that the figures in his paintings are both physically and historically impossible to directly identify with, rather, he offers the viewer overlapping and competing temporalities. Often any facial features or details are effaced and in so doing Rubin not only instills his characters and scenes with multiple potential narratives but also reveals the inadequacies of painting. In bringing paintings representational possibilities and its self-reflective qualities within reach of each other Rubin asks the viewer to consider the act of painting and its legacy.
In his paintings and through the exploration of his selected medium the artist implies that our current experience is defined by unresolved histories; he exposes and offers multiple possibilities and moments of latent potential.
Gideon Rubin was born in Tel Aviv, Israel and lives in London. Following four years at the School of Visual Arts in New York he continued his education at the Slade, London graduating in 2002. He has had numerous international solo exhibitions and his work is included in important private collections in London, Hong Kong, New York and beyond.
Art Futures: Booth H03
27.05.2010: 12.00 - 21.00
28.05.2010: 12.00 - 20.00
29.05.2010: 12.00 - 19.00
30.05.2010: 12.00 - 17.00
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive
Wanchai, Hong Kong