Nancy Rubins, Chas' Stainless Steel, Mark Thompson's Airplane Parts, About 1,000 Pounds of Stainless Steel Wire, at Gagosian's Beverly Hills Space, 2001, stainless steel and airplane parts, 25 × 54 × 33 feet (7.6 × 16.5 × 10 m), installation view at Nancy Rubins's Studio, Topanga, CA © Nancy Rubins. Photo by Erich Ansel Koyama.
Opening reception: Thursday, September 13, 6–8 pm
Gagosian Gallery is pleased announce the exhibition of a new sculpture by Nancy Rubins, entitled Chas' Stainless Steel, Mark Thompson's Airplane Parts, About 1000 Pounds of Stainless Steel Wire, and Gagosian's Beverly Hills Space. The piece brings together all these disparate elements to create a sprawling, monumental work that fills the volume of the entire gallery space.
Like an ancient massive tree, the sculpture is rooted to the gallery floor and grows organically from a single trunk. The sculpture rises to spread and cantilever out in multiple and unpredictable directions. The viewer, upon entering the gallery space, becomes engulfed by this huge, improbable structure and cannot obtain a clear sense of its boundaries.
The sculpture, made from used airplane parts, will reach 25 feet at its highest point and extend almost 65 feet diagonally. With this work, Rubins continues to investigate the energy of mass and how obdurate materials can be manipulated into buoyant and a seemingly precarious state.
For over 25 years, Rubins, who lives and works in Los Angeles, has exhibited extensively around the world, including: the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, 1992; the Venice Biennale, 1993; the Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, 1995; The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1995; ARTPACE, San Antonio, TX, 1997; The Louisana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen, 1997; Kunstmuseum, Wolfsberg, Germany, 1998; and The Miami Art Museum, 1999.