Nancy Rubins launches new boat sculptures at Gagosian
Last week I visited Nancy Rubins during her installation of two massive new sculptures at Gagosian Gallery in Beverly Hills for a show that opens Thursday night. She is working with boats as her not-so-raw materials, as she did for Las Vegas CityCenter and the the plaza of Lincoln Center before that.
(For an idea of how much work it takes to make boats float mid-air, check out Michael Rudnick's video of her New York installation online.)
This time, she decided to work with only aluminum vessels like canoes. "I was getting more and more colorful in the work," Rubins said. "But instead of going in a painterly direction, I really wanted to do something more sculptural."
She says she likes aluminum because it is industrial but also natural. "It came out of the Earth and carries a certain energy."
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Photograph by Erich Koyoma. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.