CENTER OF BOOK ARTS NYC
Opening October 3 – 14
Artist talk December 5th

The Traveling Artist: Journals by Lydia Rubio

This exhibition features artistic documentation of artist Lydia Rubio’s travel narratives across linguistic and geographic landscapes. A multiple series of work including, The Genius Loci Book ( Colombia ), Journal of a Trip to the Island ( Cuba ), and Travel Journals from India, Patagonia, Geneva, and Morocco. The works record the artist’s experiences across a variety of calligraphic, drawing and poetic compositions.

Quotes on books 

Adriana Herrera

“Lydia Rubio has succeeded in bringing into contemporary art the highest expression of the travel diary in a medium such as an artist’s book, the genesis of which takes us back to the Middle Ages.  Her books are iconic: they are exquisite and freely imaginative, much like the drawings done by copyists on margins and, at the same time, are linked to the crossings of endless territories, from real topographies of the places she has lived to immersions in the diverse times of the history of art.” 

“Lydia Rubio‘s Travel Journals are a result of an early appreciation for words and calligraphy. In the 1980s, her practice began to incorporate her fascination with to poets, the act of drawing, the life behind lines and gestures, and the sensual qualities of paper into the medium of the artist’s book. For Rubio, these books are the field where a free stream of thoughts meets the planner of strategist.”

“Lydia Rubio’s Travel Journals are an artistic documentation of the artist’s travel narratives across linguistic and geographic landscapes. The works record the artist’s experiences across a variety of calligraphic, drawing and poetic compositions. This exhibition includes multiple series of work including The Genius Loci Book, Journal of a Trip to the Island, and Travel Journals.”

“The Genius Loci Book 2014, documents the artist trips in Colombia during her extended residence, with notes, maps, watercolors and quotes from A Von Humboldt, Frederick Church, Goethe about landscape and art. The Journal of a Trip to the Island documents the artist’s trip to Cuba in 1999 and contains the studies for works that were later executed after returning to the studio. The works represent her reaction against the extremely visual and verbal turbulence within today’s world. Of them, Rubio says, “in them, I look for refuge, retreat into self, silence.” Continuing this work today, her studio practice is an ongoing investigation of nature and representation in painting: imagined or perceived, the abstract or the real simulated.”

The Protest Art Show at Time & Space Limited in Hudson

The Protest Art Show opened at Time & Space Limited (TSL) on Aug 31. The exhibit was curated by Arte4A, a collaboration by artists Pauline Decarmo, George Spencer and Tom McGill.

This exhibition is a din of about 100 works in diverse media, by approximately 50 artists (mostly local). Works in this show protest everything that begs to be protested–war, capitalism, corrupt leaders, sexual harassment, homophobia, racism, pollution, income inequality. The list goes on and on, because these problems are relentless. Thankfully, the works are not hung in particular/separate groupings, acknowledging that social and political problems overlap, often arising from a common source. So the show is fabulously chaotic and alive. It takes place in a large hall and adjacent room, between which is a revolving door labeled on either side COLORED ONLY and WHITES ONLY. The space is reminiscent of coffeehouses in the 1970s, inviting and funky.

A horde attended the opening– all races, all classes, all ages, forming talking nodes around pieces and actually looking at the art. For example– Alosa Sapidissima by Lydia Rubio–a river fish drawn with white paint and chalk on a black panel is erasable by the viewer, except for the plastic garbage inside the fish. There are Mrs. Butterworth bottles–with wicks. There are redacted documents. There’s far too much artwork here for a single viewing. And POTUS might be disappointed to know that, although referenced, his image is not front and center.

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September 1 to 29th at TSL Hudson, NY

The opening will be at 7 pm on Saturday, August 31st and for the entire month of September 2019.

This exhibition in the TSL Gallery deals with issues of racism, environmental, economic inequality, access to health care, LGBTQ and women’s rights, gender equality, voter suppression, political and economic issues, dark money and political corruption, MAGA, The Wall / ICE, Dogwhistling, police violence, and more. Arte4a is a collaboration between Pauline Decarmo and George Spencer working in the visual arts, radio interviews, and curating exhibitions.

Protest Art Exhibition at TSL- Time and Space Limited

 

Spheres of Meaning, an exhibition of Miami artists’ books, just opened at the Frost Art Museum curated by Amy Galpin and runs until August 25.

On View:
Saturday, June 8, 2019 — Sunday, August 25, 2019

Curated By:
Amy Galpin, Ph.D., Chief Curator

Spheres of Meaning: An Exhibition of Artists’ Books presents a range of artists’ books from manipulated texts to new narrative forms and books presented as sculpture. These “spheres” present philosophical inquiries, personal reflections, and ruminations on complex and often related notions such as nurture and nature. Moreover, this exhibition celebrates the rich and varied talent of artists living in Miami or artists who once called the city home, but whose books remain tied to the cultural fabric of this dynamic place.

The exhibition includes works by Margarita Cano, Lydia Rubio, Diego Gutierrez, Purvis Young, Carlos Maciá, Jeannette Stargala, Rosemarie Chiarlone, Lisa Haque, Rafael Domenech, Donna Ruff, and Carol Todaro, among others. At times delicate and intuitive, artists’ books inspire close-looking. For some of the artists in the exhibition, making books is a primary creative form, while for others, artists’ books serve as one of many media in which they engage. The books on view present eclectic interpretations on the book from the ethereal to the deconstructed and poignant reflections on autobiographical experiences.

This exhibition was made possible in part through the generous support of Oolite Arts.

 

Puerto Rico-Colombia Exhibition at The Clemente Center, 117 Suffolk Street, NY, NY November 2018


Map of Pathways, acrylic on canvas 94 x 64 inches.

THE JOURNEY ITSELF IS THE HOME: THE ART OF LYDIA RUBIO

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Lydia Rubio was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up there during the 1950’s. She has strong memories of her grandmother, who was an artist, and has honored their relationship in the painting, She Painted Landscapes, a dazzling trompe l’oeil work which undercuts its myriad of illusionistic details with both dramatic shifts in scale and open-ended juxtapositions. In She Painted Landscapes, Rubio combines fragments of ordinary reality with the mysterious, often multiple narratives underlying one’s dreams, with the pull of both memory and imagination. Everything jostles together. The viewer cannot say whether the painting is of a dreamscape inhabited by fragments of memory and reality or a realist depiction haunted by memory and fragments recalled from different dreams. Such is the primal power of Rubio’s art; it calls the ordinary into question, as well as compels us to examine our belief that our everyday life is stable enough to withstand change, and that the earth we walk on is solid and dependable. Read the [FULL ARTICLE}

 

 

You can read or download the full article at this link about the retrospective of drawing from 1993 – 2010.

La Linea del Ecuador 2015 Map and box Mixed media 30"x 30"x 12"

La Linea del Ecuador 2015 Map and box      Mixed media 30″x 30″x 12″

 

2012 Ink on paper 9 x 11 inches

Exhibited in 2015 in ” Atlas Subjetivo de Colombia ” at the Camara de Comercio, Salitre, Bogota.


2014 Acrylic and chalk on panel 210 cm x 120 cm

2014 Acrylic and chalk on panel
210 cm x 120 cm

Video of a public interaction with IMBORRABLE, acrylic and chalk on panel. Visitors were invited to interact with the work in a process of erasing and redrawing the image of the waterfall. The intention was to evidence the environmental problems causing the disappearance of the Salto del Tequendama, an iconic site in Colombia.

Video de la interaccion publica con IMBORRABLE, acrilico y tiza sobre panel. El publico interactuo en un proceso de borrar y redibujar el agua del salto.  La intencion de esta obra es senalar los problemas ambientales que estan causando la desaparicion del Salto del Tequendama.

Genius Loci: La Sabana, Exhibition at La Localidad, Bogota CO. Curated and with an essay by Eduardo Serrano

A reinterpretation of the landscape of the Bogota Sabana, in 28 oils, a large format accordion travel journal with drawings and texts on landscape, and 18 watercolors and ink drawings. Landscape, geometry, numbers and words combined in polyptychs with a detailed technique and naturalistic emphasis. An appropriation of the sabana, making visible the invisible.

 

Travel journal with maps, quotes, drawings about the landscape of the sabana. 50 cm x 500 cm handmade accordion book

Genius Loci, a travel journal of drawings, quotes, and maps. Accordion book. Watercolor and ink on paper, 50cm x 500 cmOil on panel poliptych of 6 pieces horizontal installation 150 cm x 250 cm

 

Polyptych SABANA , oil on panel 6 pieces, horizontal installation 150 cm x 250 cm

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Parque de la 79

This series of 30 works, drawings and paintings, is based on observations over the past one and one-half years of daily life in the park across from my apartment in Bogota: the park on 79th, a magical place.

Its scale, simple geometry, landscaping, and location in an urban center isolated from the hustle and bustle, are features that transform it into a pool-like park or carpet-like park, a stage inhabited by the community that surrounds it, its neighbors, office workers, lovers, housekeepers, guards and, of course, its dogs: Yuki, Mia, Fango and Lola, Ramon, Shiloh, Woody and Lina.

I selected as characters dogs, friends and trees, and used a circular, repetitive narrative.  There are references to George Seurat’s “Sunday at the Grande Jatte,” to that peaceful bourgeois world now in the process of extinction.  As I observed from my fourth-floor apartment, I discovered in the park on 79th a marvelous reality, the poetic spirit of Bogota.

This series is the testimony of a visitor to that magical place.


El Parque de la 79

Esta serie de 30 obras, dibujo y pintura, esta basada en mis observaciones durante el ultimo ano y medio de la vida cotidiana en el parque situado frente a mi apartamento en Bogota:

el parque de la 79, para mi un lugar mágico.

Su escala, su simpleza geométrica y paisajística, ubicado en el centro urbano y alejado de su ruido, son factores que lo transforman en “parque-piscina” o “parque-alfombra”, un escenario habitado por toda la comunidad que lo rodea, los vecinos, oficinistas, amantes, empleadas, guardias y, claro, los perros del parque:  Yuki, Mia, Fango and Lola, Ramon, Shiloh, Woody and Lina

Utilizando una narrativa circular y repetitiva, he escogido personajes, entre perros, amigos y arboles. Hay referencias a la obra de George Seurat, “El Domingo en la Grande Jatte”, a ese mundo apacible y burgués, ya desapareciendo. Contemplando al parque desde el cuarto piso, descubrí en el Parque de la 79 lo real maravilloso, la otra parte del alma de Bogota.

Queda mi obra como un testimonio de un visitante.