In Andrew Rubinstein’s new body of work, stripes become stand-ins for filaments as well as for subatomic and cosmic building blocks. In many cases these marks appear to form a pattern and appear to touch, but they ultimately do not. It is with this vocabulary the artist attempts to represent how he marvels that society, and reality as we know it, appear to hold together. In the current political climate the tension between the appearance of order and its potential breakdown is especially poignant. In these paintings, compositions subtly shift between architectural structures, portraits, astronomical imagery, even textiles. The work approaches the heavy issues of the day but in a playful way. Andrew’s work has consistently explored the history of painting and mark-making while also addressing science and existential subject matter through abstract fields suggesting a location without parameters.
Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Andrew received his MFA in Painting from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 1996. Since then he has moved around the Midwest, finally settling in Seattle with his wife. Besides being a painter, a worker, and a father of three, Andrew helps manage the family hobby ranch and takes care of all the animals.