White Room: Adrianne RubensteinJune 4–July 16, 2016 320 West 13th Street
White Columns is proud to present a solo exhibition by the New York-based Canadian artist Adrianne Rubenstein. Rubenstein’s exhibition comprises of a group of six recent paintings that expand upon her interest in painting as an open-ended narrative form. (For the press release for a previous exhibition, Rubenstein eschewed any didactic texts, presenting instead a prose-poem that functioned as a literary coda to her motives and intent.) Rubenstein’s recent paintings, which oscillate freely between ideologically opposed poles of illustration and abstraction, invariably focus on the natural world – their subjects include plant life, honeybees, and abundant spears of broccoli. Visual humor, or something like it, is a recurring presence in Rubenstein’s work: a self-conscious yet deceptive aesthetic strategy that serves to disrupt and mask the work’s evident serious intent.
Adrianne Rubenstein was born in Montreal, Canada. She received a BFA from NSCAD in 2006, and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2011. Her work has been exhibited at David Petersen Gallery, Minneapolis (solo); and in group exhibitions at Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg; and CANADA, New York, among others.