Local artist Lydia Rubio has occupied a studio on Warren Street for about a year. After considering her financial future in the wake of COVID-19, she recently decided to create a studio at home and move her gallery digital, showing at the online Davis Orton Gallery this summer.

“The idea of going digital is great, and even main galleries are doing it, right?” Rubio said. “It will free the art world from old rules and it will eventually help a lot of artists. It is like a new age… it’s a change that might benefit everyone.”

Rubio has been using this time to work on an abstract series called “Encounters,” which she hangs in her living room on the “Pandemic Wall.”

“It’s about struggle — the struggle of exterior forces and a stable rectangle,” Rubio said. “In a sense, it’s a contrast of elements, isolation versus activity, movement versus static.”

Rubio said she feels lucky to have the creative work to do, otherwise she doesn’t know how she would handle isolation.

 

The Artful Book exhibition. Cover handmade by artist 16 x 11 inches, wood panels and linen.

Alphabet Series Video   Click here for images of the book “Alphabet of Invisible Islands” 1998 and the boxes associated with it. Exhibition curated by Barbara Young November 2 to January 4th 2019. Visit  www.lnsgallery.com

 

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

Journals of Cuba, India and Patagonia. See complete journals videos here.

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.”

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

 

WGXC Public Radio interview with George Spencer and Pauline Decarmo.  Early life in Cuba, family background, education, visual perception, architecture and art, teaching, philosophy behind the works. 2019

A 4 minute video about artistic approach and recent paintings. Produced by MCS Photo Space May 2018 at studio in The Fountainhead, Miami FL.

The Ellies Award, October 2018

My upcoming new project is funded by The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts awards, presented by ArtCenter/South Florida.

This grant is to be used “To support the creation of a series of large-scale interactive erasable works about the impermanence of our ecological systems affected by pollution and global warming ”