September 27, 2020 The Best Source of News, Culture, Lifestyle for Culver City, Mar Vista, Del Rey, Palms and West Los Angeles

Bruce Rubenstein Bares His Soul Through His Art

Henry K. Long

New York native Bruce Rubenstein moved to Los Angeles in 1985. A high energy New Yorker, he got into the entertainment business…working with Mickey Rourke and then managing Andrew Dice Clay and executive producing Dice on Showtime.

In 1994, he wrote a movie about his life, Bullet. It starred Mickey Rourke (who played his older brother, Bart, a criminal junkie) Adrien Brody (who portrayed Rubenstein, was an artist junkie) and Ted Levine (played his younger brother, Brian, a disturbed combat-vet junkie). The nemesis named Tank (the drug dealer) was played by Tupac Shakur. The movie went on to become a 90’s cult classic.  

He started painting when he was five years old. His Mom was very encouraging of his art early on. In high school an art teacher spotted his talent and pushed him to keep painting. He continued to paint throughout his life.

Instead of working in series, Rubenstein prefers to allow his work to flow, so there is always a connection to one another, but at the same time each work stands alone. He, like many well-known painters such as Richard Prince and Gerhard Richter, Larry Poons refuse to get pigeon-holed into one style.

Rubenstein often frequents museums and some favorite exhibits include Jasper Johns at The Broad and Rauschenberg at LACMA. His biggest inspiration is the artist Mark Bradford. “That guy’s work is out of this world!!!  I’m in awe of what he does!” Cecily Brown is another artist whose work moves him. “I love Joe Bradley, George Condo is cool, Julie Mehretu is insanely amazing.”

“Reflections in a Golden Eye”. Oil, acrylic, enamel, fabric pieces, charcoal on canvas 65 x 114 inches.

When asked how his time working on his paintings correlates to his time working in Hollywood, he replied, “Art is Art…most visual arts, (TV, film) requires a collaborative effort from many different people. For the last couple of years, I was an executive producer on a Showtime series. It took over a hundred people working together to produce one episode. Even the showrunner is dependent on so many other people to bring his vision to fruition. Yes, he/she might have created the basic concept but it takes an army of people to bring it all together.”

He went on to say that he often creates his work in multiple layers…such as his collage piece, Reflections in a Golden Eye. “I created the base coat using swirls of different color enamel paints squeezed out through a feeding-tube syringe. Then I added various pieces of torn-up bed sheets and other assorted fabrics embedded into a thin layer of acrylic paste. The “Golden Eye” I’m referring to in the title is a reference to the Supreme Being, whatever the hell that might be. What is being reflected is the essence of a DNA strand taken from a chimpanzee as seen through a DMBA-210 Digital Compound Microscope. This is what happens when you stay up all night watching the Discovery Channel. And that’s without being on any medication!” 

Meet artist Bruce Rubenstein at Castelli Art Space (5428 W. Washington Blvd.) in Culver City. https://www.castelliartspace.com/https://www.brucerubensteinart.com/

Related Posts

Edify TV: Trident Center Redevelopment

September 25, 2020

September 25, 2020

The Westside’s Trident Center is getting a major overhaul and new name as part of a flurry of development in...

Edify TV: Al Fresco Program Ending?

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

During a COVID-19 pandemic many restaurants have found aid through the City of Los Angeles’ Al Fresco dining program, but...

As County Breweries Say They Have Been Unfairly Shuttered Lawmakers Pass Grant Program

September 24, 2020

September 24, 2020

$10 million grant program approved by Board of Supervisors  By Sam Catanzaro Will a $10 million grant program be enough...

Trio of Popular Restaurants Coming to Marina del Rey

September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020

Marina del Rey getting HiHo Cheeseburger, KazuNori and UOVO By Kerry Slater A trio of popular restaurants is coming to...

Burglary Suspect Makes Entry Into Occupied Culver City Residence

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

Man enters Culver City home, confronted by residents By Chad Winthrop Culver City police arrested this week a burglary suspect...

Smoke From Wildfires Making You Sick?

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

UCLA pulmonologist on how people can tell if the wildfires are making them sick By Toi Creel Even if you...

Culver City Officials Threaten to Close Skatepark if Face Coverings Are Not Worn

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

Officials post additional notices at skatepark  By Chad Winthrop Culver City health officials are threatening to close the city’s skatepark...

Will County See Another Surge in COVID-19 Cases?

September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020

County health officials keeping close eye on data this week By Sam Catanzaro Los Angeles County health officials are monitoring...

Shots Fired and Live Ammo Found at Culver City Park

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

No victims reported by police By Sam Catanzaro Police found spent shells and live ammunition following reports of shots fired...

Culver City Hotel Stabbing Leaves Victim ‘Bleeding Profusely’

September 21, 2020

September 21, 2020

Suspect at-large, victim in critical condition following Friday incident at Culver City DoubleTree By Sam Catanzaro A suspect remains at-large...

4.6 Quake Rocks Westside

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

4.6 magnitude quake recorded Friday night By Sam Catanzaro A 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck the San Gabriel Valley Friday sending shock...

Edify TV: Miramar Santa Monica Redevelopment

September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020

The Santa Monica skyline may look different in the future with a major redevelopment of the Fairmont Miramar Hotel &...

Moved up Census: Time for Californians to Act

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

By Tom Elias, Columnist  California polls now show President Trump trails Democrat Joseph Biden in the upcoming presidential election by...

Thieves Caught on Video Removing ATM From Culver City Restaurant

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Culver City Police Department looking for at-large suspects By Sam Catanzaro Police are searching for two men caught on security...

Missing Man Last Seen in Culver City

September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020

Police looking for Boyd “Christian” Holmes By Sam Catanzaro A reward is being offered for information surrounding the whereabouts of...

Comments
Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *