Rush of Light
Noted Boston artist Eleanor
Rubin’s Transformations: Sound into Image, a visual response,
with woodcuts and watercolors, to the music of Hikari Oe, a
composer with autism, opens the Spring season at Kantar
Fine Arts, a Newton gallery exhibiting contemporary work by New
England and international artists, on Saturday, March 29, 2003. The
artist reception will be on Sunday, March 30, 2-5pm, at the
gallery. The show runs through April 27, 2003.
Ms. Rubin presents images that
combine woodcut and watercolor techniques to create a series of
rhythmic variations inspired by the music of Hikari Oe, for whom
music is the primary means of emotional expression. Multi-layered
pairs of lyrical images on Japanese Mulberry paper, some in black
and white tonalities, others with subtly muted colors, some with
collaged shapes or stenciled forms, and others with delicate linear
images, call to mind the harmonies, pedal points, overarching
melodies and chordal accompaniment of Oe’s music.
Reversals and Illuminations
Ms. Rubin has achieved
recognition as a printmaker and watercolorist in New England and
nationally for over thirty years. She has exhibited widely in many
prestigious venues, including the Boston Public Library, Montserrat
College of Art, University of New Hampshire, and the Cambridge Art
Association. Her work is in many permanent collections, including
the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Boston Public Library, and the
Institute for Research on Women and Gender, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
She has lectured extensively about printmaking and drawing, and has
been critically acclaimed in many reviews and publications, most
recently in Art New England (2000), the Journal of
Geriatric Psychiatry and The Boston Globe (2000).
Ms. Rubin is a graduate of
Brandeis University, and has a Masters in Education from Harvard
University. Deciding upon art as her life’s work, she studied in
Chicago, with Paul Wieghardt, who was, himself, a student of Paul
Klee at the Bauhaus in 1923, and a painter who had a lasting
relationship with Klee. Ms. Rubin also studied with Marian Parry,
watercolorist, at the Radcliffe Seminars.