Laurie Rubin

Rubin

Artifacts
One of my passions when I travel is to seek out small house museums, and personal collections. The examination of someone's personal ephemera can provide a glimpse into their passions and fascinations, or intimate their most cherished memories.

Through the act of collecting and photographing the items in this series, these objects have been elevated to the status of an artifact that has transcended their original purpose for the owner. The object becomes more than a personal touchstone, it acts as a visual symbol, a synthesis, of a particular person or an event. My criteria in choosing the artifacts are largely subjective, based on whether the item appealed to me either viscerally or intellectually, or it sometimes invoked a vivid memory. They are tracked down, collected and organized according to my interests, resulting in a personal cultural history.

In making Images of these artifacts, I hoped to conjure an impression of a person or an event of cultural interest from the evidence that has been left behind.

Boxes
The Box Series began as a visual accounting of a friend's box collection and later evolved into a study of my own collection of discarded packaging. I am fascinated by the ephemera that most people throw out without a second thought, including the boxes and bags and wrapping that are subservient to the items they contains. Some of these photographs can be read as arrangements of pure form, turning everyday vessels into objects of contemplation. I have made a practice of searching for the heroic in the mundane and for beauty in the ordinary. Additionally, I am intrigued by packages that have become iconic -- Tiffany's blue boxes, Hermes's orange boxes and Cartier's red boxes. Since my vocational life often involves seducing the consumer, I take perverse pleasure in transforming the original intention of these items.

Bibliophilia
My book collecting habit began in childhood, driven by the goal to complete the entire set of Nancy Drew hardcovers and the delight found in fancy boxed gift sets by favorite authors. I continue to acquire books not only for their content or prose, but also for their sensual and aesthetic qualities. My collection includes other people's diaries, scrapbooks, sketchbooks and photo albums. I am drawn to books that reveal a stranger's experiences and memories. These books are a physical means of connecting to another person or another time. Nowadays, relocating and dodging piles of books is a daily domestic occurrence, one that my family has grown comfortably accustomed to. The Book Series is an exploration of relationships between these piles of books. The arrangements are intended to spark recognition, ignite memory or invoke a presence. Some compositions are designed to celebrate the books' sculptural qualities, in which the books never quite reveal their original purpose. Other times the narrative, such as "French Guidebooks" or "Summer Reading", groups a collection. Once the books are shelved, the relationships are broken.

The photographs from both the "Books" series and the "Boxes and Packages" series are available 16 x 20", 20 x 24", and 30 x 40" in various editions for $2000, $2400, and $3000, respectively.

Please call: (312) 266-2350 for prices of specific pieces.
Prices are print only unless otherwise indicated.

Laurie Rubin
A Mace - Introduced as Evidence at the Chicago 7 Trial, 2011
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Aircraft Aluminum recovered on Nikumoro in 1991- The Expedition in Search of Amelia Earhart, 2012
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Atwater Diary, 2007
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Black Still Life with Red Compote, 2006
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Books in a Box, 2007
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Darger's Handmade Paint, 2012
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Del Closes's Skull, 2011
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Hunter S. Thompson's Bullet , 2010
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Spiral bound books , 2007
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Stacked Books , 2007
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Summer Reading , 2007
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The French Guide's, 2007
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Tiffany Boxes and Round Hermes Box, 2006
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Two Red Bags, 2006
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Vivian Maier's Hat & Suitcase, 2010