Enjoy Slow Art

Did you know the average museum-goer spends only 7 seconds with a work of art?

Join Jennie Dotts in doing the opposite on Sunday, Aug 13th, 1pm

for “Slow Art”– extended conversation, analysis and enjoyment

of Rubin Peacock’s “Untitled Totem” in the Sculpture Garden at VMFA.

Fantasy Figures

Many who enjoy art have a habit of categorizing by style:  Is the work realistic, abstract, figurative, and so on.  However, some artists, like Rubin, have personal styles that combine or defy categories.

Take, for instance, the highly individualized style of his fantasy figurative bronzes. For decades, he’s created them from a combination of imagination and observation, with an arbitrary reference to real anatomical forms.
Each fantasy figure is an expression of freedom; each reveals a strong emotional content. But that content–like those physical features- -may not easily relate to any known field of reference.  These characters and this series of bronzes are in a world of their own.

In the artist’s collection

Antic Spirit, 1975

He Went That’a  Way, 1991

Street Corner Figure, 2011

Zeno, 2016

Pamunkey Fisherman, 2009

Street Corner Figure II, 2010

The Messenger, 2012

The Prophet, 1976

Tripping South, 2006

Strapped Bronzes

Strapped Bronzes

In this series of strapped bronzes–some with combinations of carved stone–the artist modifies the traditional use of bronze while suggesting an uncharacteristic, possibly ritualistic, relationship between these two natural elements.

The underlying characteristic of Rubin’s bronzes is the visual importance of controlling tension and stability.  His goal is to incite an appreciation for inventiveness and vision in the pursuit of personal enjoyment.

For details or inquiries: jennie@rubinpeacock.com

Strapped Bronze, 2014

Obleah Man, 1980

Strapped Cube, 2012

Bull Fish, 2012

Seamstress, 2015

Strapped Cube, 2014

Auction Alert! Don’t Miss This Rare Opportunity

Photo by: Terry Shank Photographs, Sarasota, Florida
In 2000, Rubin created a large-scale commissioned sculpture for Media General’s new headquarters in Richmond, VA.  The setting for the bronze was the large rotunda on the second floor, surrounded by executive offices requiring 360-degree visibility.

Creating this bronze required concentration on the divides at interesting intervals that would give the individual bronze segments a sense of movement as they surge against and interlock with each other as if nature had created a unified rhythm of stoic balance with an inner life.

In his sculptures, Rubin creates compositions that temporarily control the eye of the observer.  This creates a pause for the viewer to contemplate the relationship of each part to the whole and how the combination of those parts reveals the essence of the piece.

This 300-lb bronze, cast in his winter studio in Sarasota, FL,

will be included in an auction of the entire

Media General collection on Monday, May 15

with a preview on Thursday May 11th from 4 pm to 9 pm 

at Media General Building,

333 East Franklin St, Richmond, VA 23219.

Wax Model

Also, in the collection to be auctioned

is a 5 ft. x 6 ft. oil painting, titled

“Wild Indians on the Beach #2”.

Unlike his sculptures, which are solid and rooted, the paintings are more ethereal.  Instead of pieces or parts pulling or pressing together as a concise unit, the forms in his painted works push apart creating a sense of flight.

Inside Faces

Created in 2015, Rubin’s series of bronze faces is an exercise in expression through composition and deliberate surface distortion.  These faces seem to be searching for the undercurrent, a sense of character, mystery and wit. The real beneath the apparent. With them, facial recognition is about the hidden, not the obvious.
In the treatment of these faces is a sense of shock. Emotions are exposed, humanity stripped.  Are they a series of disguises?
Part nature, part artistically gestured features, these faces unlock an inner life carefully guarded by the upheaval of their surfaces.

Available  in the Rubin Peacock Studio

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