In Reeves Art + Design’s December show, Lost and Found, Russ Rubin aims to transport you to another dimension, where the pragmatic falls away and only an offbeat beauty and the thrill of escape remain. Stare into his vintage gilt portals and you’re absorbed into a symphony of muted desert hues and otherworldly landscapes begging the viewer’s exploration. Two light-up sculptures at human scale, collaborations with the Utah-based artist Sydney Smith, titled ‘Lost’ and ‘Found’, speak to a connection over a distance; togetherness and loneliness hand and hand, in painted-up cacti-promorphic figures each ogling the other across the great plain of the gallery floor. Perhaps the pièce de résistance, ‘Look Mommy’ is a hand-painted old motorcycle kiddie ride, the kind found outside 90s era supermarkets, set before a giant oval expanse laced with paths fiending for the next adventurer. By the time you hop on board and hit that blue button, you will have been fully launched into Russ’s dreamland, where all of this makes the best kind of bizarro sense and the lost feels closer to the found than ever.
Russ Rubin (b. 1983) is a painter of abstract landscapes from the exotic woods of New Jersey. His work has been collected across the US, Europe, and Asia, acknowledged by the MOMA, acquired by the Jeff Koons Collection, shown at Young Soy (Hong Kong), Mark Borghi, Ground Floor, Field Projects, OnePiece, and the YouTube Space in New York, and with Brushes With Greatness in London. A featured artist at Affordable Art Fair NY (Fall 2022), his new series ‘Get Lost’ debuts at Scope Art Fair at this year’s Art Week Miami. ‘Lost + Found’ is his debut show with Reeves Art + Design.
The opening reception will be held on December 10th, 2022 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM in conjunction with the partnering exhibition—DUAL: A Trip Thru the Jungle.