Meridel Rubenstein: Belonging

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Meridel Rubenstein mixes mediums and metaphors to make art about our tenuous connection to place. Originally trained as a photographer, she combines disparate materials such as earthy palladium prints with cold steel mounts, transparent photographic imagery sandblasted onto glass, video imagery projected onto cast glass, and digital still imagery on floating vellum and hand-coated tree bark papers. A sense of fragility, transparency, and passage in her works underscores a possibility for change. Her complex ...
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Overview

Meridel Rubenstein mixes mediums and metaphors to make art about our tenuous connection to place. Originally trained as a photographer, she combines disparate materials such as earthy palladium prints with cold steel mounts, transparent photographic imagery sandblasted onto glass, video imagery projected onto cast glass, and digital still imagery on floating vellum and hand-coated tree bark papers. A sense of fragility, transparency, and passage in her works underscores a possibility for change. Her complex narrative photoworks and installations derive from a sense of place, personal and collective history, and myth--the landscape of the cultural mind. Nine intersecting bodies of work compose this book. The Lowriders is a series of color photographs of the customized cars owned by Latinos from northern New Mexico. Critical Mass is a collaborative work about the making of the first bomb at Los Alamos. The intersecting of the world of the Native American and the Nuclear Scientist is told through the story of one woman who they met. Oppenheimer's Chair is a meditation on nature and the shedding of defensive postures after 50 years of the cold war. Also included is a series that stems from Rubenstein's 1997 trip to Vietnam, where she commenced a body of work tracing the trajectories of uprooting and replanting in relation to the Vietnam War.
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"For over twenty years, I have mixed mediums and metaphors to make art about our tenuous connection to place" writes Rubenstein in this handsomely produced retrospective on her multilayered, meditative work, whose depths this review can only hint at. Rubenstein's artworks combine photo collage, video projection, handmade frames, unconventional printing processes, sculptural elements, and more. Her subject matter encompasses ancient trees in Vietnam and America; the "low rider" custom-car culture of New Mexico; her own fascination with Joan of Arc; and the encounter between Native Americans and scientists working on the atom bomb project in New Mexico during World War II. Her exploration of life and mortality comes across as compassionate, spiritually informed, and intensely moving. Lucy Lippard and Rebecca Solnit, together with other art historians, have contributed essays that further help us understand the artist's methods, ideas, and motivations. The book's layout complements the artist's work and makes browsing a pleasurable experience. For all libraries collecting contemporary art titles.-Michael Dashkin, Qualcomm, San Diego Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780975330203
  • Publisher: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/2/2004
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 11.60 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Millennial forest 8
Soror mystica 22
The low riders 26
An extended landscape 42
Labyrinths & constellations 56
Drawing the constellations 72
Critical mass 76
In critical mass 78
If Archimedes 96
Philosophical fallout 108
Oppenheimer's chair 118
Joan's arc I 124
In the darkroom 127
Joan's arc/Vietnam 132
Solidity and lift 142
Trees at sea 144
The passion of Meridel Rubenstein 164
Belonging 178
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