Gino Rubert: Un retrato de familia

Off projects. From 17 Feb, 2017 to 21 Feb, 2017

LAB 36 presents Gino Rubert’s latest and most ambitious project “Open House”, an almost 9-meter long site specific piece commissioned by a good friend and art collector, which will be unveiled to the public for 3 days.

Opening:16 Feb, 2017 19:30h

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LAB 36 presents Gino Rubert’s latest and most ambitious work “Open House”, a site specific piece commissioned by a good friend and art collector.

The complicity and confidence between artist and patron – “you have complete freedom”  Vicenç told him – and the large format of the commissioned work – two meters wide by almost nine meters long – has hinted at Rubert’s work process, reformulating and making his language more sophisticated in order to display a gallery of people and situations that do not have former precedents.

Open House is a family portrait in which references, allusions, quotes, and winks to the patron are conjoined with the characters and distinguished environments that the artist portrays. The personal emblem of the commissioner – a V resting over the valley of an M – designed by Gino for the occasion, is carved in iron on the door and etched into the wood of a chair. Some of their family members appear with a sweetly perverse irony: the mother-in-law, converted into a little girl/old woman who drags her daughter-doll; the father, transformed in a little boy/old man with three eyes; or the wife and son, reincarnated into Andalusian puppets. And, of course, Vicens is portrayed as a party guest who offers a “mermaid cauldron” posing in a gesture that reminds us of the figures of patrons that appear in the medieval polyptychs. 

Opening times:

Friday, February 17: 16-20h
Saturday, February 18: 16-20h
Tuesday, February 21: 16-20h

Gino Rubert, Open House (detail), 2016. Mixed media on canvas, 220x872 cm.
Gino Rubert, Open House (detail), 2016. Mixed media on canvas, 220x872 cm.
Gino Rubert, Open House (detail), 2016. Mixed media on canvas, 220x872 cm.
Gino Rubert, Open House (detail), 2016. Mixed media on canvas, 220x872 cm.
Gino Rubert, Open House (detail), 2016. Mixed media on canvas, 220x872 cm.
Gino Rubert, Open House (detail), 2016. Mixed media on canvas, 220x872 cm.
Gino Rubert, Open House (detail), 2016. Mixed media on canvas, 220x872 cm.
Gino Rubert, Open House (detail), 2016. Mixed media on canvas, 220x872 cm.
Gino Rubert, Open House (detail), 2016. Mixed media on canvas, 220x872 cm.
Gino Rubert, Open House (detail), 2016. Mixed media on canvas, 220x872 cm.
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