"Beam Me Up Scotty" by Bruce Rubenstein, Mixed Media on Canvas
78" x 51"
Mixed Media on Canvas (Acrylic, Oil, and Charcoal)
Original Art Work
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Bruce Rubenstein was born and raised in New York. He moved to Los Angeles in 1985 where he currently resides with his wife and two daughters. Like most New Yorkers, Rubenstein is a brazen storyteller. Through his art he is able to communicate his inner most feelings. His large-scale, densely structured compositions defy categorization, blending abstract forms and biomorphic-organic shapes with subtle hints of figures and symbols resembling ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics or Asian calligraphy. His work resembles Abstract Expressionism, although the motives for his compositions differ philosophically from most Abstract Expressionist painters like Gorky, Arp, Tinguely, Miro and others of this ilk. Yes there are similarities of line and form. But it quickly becomes apparent that there are huge conceptual differences, that Rubenstein is not so much an abstract painter, but rather he just utilizes some of the same shapes as those painters. What he does with them is completely different, giving them dimension, making them look not like flat planes, but rather organic shapes.
Rodgers continues,”His artwork defies regional categorization, but frankly, that doesn’t mean as much as it once did. Rubenstein himself, despite his years in California, seems very much still a New Yorker. He has a kind of nervous edge that you see in people on the NYC subway platform, late for work with no train in sight. But this is an honest, open nervousness, based less on angst and anger, than on simply wanting to get where one is going and on wanting to be part of all that’s happening in that big, congested magical city”.
“Rubenstein is an artist, and that means someone who cannot restrain the flow ideas,” says art historian and critic David Rodgers. “He is someone who they just burst out of, who cannot help but communicate, and who sees no reason to stop. He’s a man not limited by media to communicate the stories that he needs to (and must) tell, through any medium he feels necessary.” In 1995, Rubenstein wrote a semi-autobiographical film about a struggling artist, “Bullet.” The film’s stars included Adrien Brody, Mickey Rourke and Tupac Shakur, all of whom are among Rubenstein’s collectors.
When I asked Rubenstein for an explanation of what drives him, he responded without hesitation, “As a painter I strive to express myself as a spiritual being. When I work I feel connected to the universe and everything in it. I don’t really spend a lot of time contemplating subject matter and/or composition. I’ve been a serious painter for many years. I’ve learned to trust myself, to trust my instincts, and above all I’ve learned to be patient. I become a vessel to something greater than myself. Inevitably the painting will reveal itself. Piece by piece. Layer by layer. Until it is complete. Then the process starts all over again. This is the circle of Life. Or at least the circle of an artist’s life...”