Saturday, May 29, 2010

Rochelle Rubinstein at Loop Gallery

Rochelle Rubinstein is currently exhibiting at Loop Gallery in a show entitled SHAFT.

A follow up to last year’s homage to Robert Motherwell’s Elegy to the Spanish Republic, SHAFT expands upon Rubinstein’s interest in strong narrative themes conveyed within an abstract, formal language.  These larger wood panels, printed, painted and carved with subtle detail in a bold manner, depict the shaft as a pit, a conduit, passageway, a well, but also as a barb, a blow, a wound, a dig.

A series of columns, sheathed in printed, painted and quilted fabric and paper, serve as counterpoints to the wood panels. These are at once shafts as spears or staffs, or shafts of light, beams, radiance and darkness, life and death.

SHAFT will be exhibited concurrently with STILL LIFE ON EARTH, a collaborative installation with Libby Hague, at Mon Ton Window at 402 College Street.

Rochelle Rubinstein is a Toronto-based artist whose work has been exhibited in diverse venues worldwide and can be found in public collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin.  As a community arts facilitator, her workshops and projects with groups such as battered women, people with eating disorders, and health workers, are based upon methods that are central to her own artistic practice: drawing, printmaking, painting, sewing and bookmaking.

SHAFT will be on display until June 13, 2010.