My two-dimensional black and white and colored works on paper emanate from myriad geometric drawings that are cut out and carefully reassembled. Part Cubist, part Surrealist, these images are best described as "Similar to the action of our memory - from fragments we reconstruct the past."
When I create my drawing collages I try to catch and reconstitute in my memory the transient images of the past. The past inspires and stimulates my imagination.
Yet, I not seek to carry the past over onto paper in the concrete form. Rather, I depict it through the form of multiple associations. The sum of these associations creates a world of new reality. I am drawing diligently, paying attention to details. In the next moment I cruelly mangle freshly created by scissors.
Again a snowy piece of paper and glue. Arbitrary and intuitively I join isolated fragments (loose parts) of slashed drawing into something new. I found in this action process similar to the action of our memory – from fragments we are trying to reconstruct the past.
My sculptures are three-dimensional expansions of my two-dimensional canvases. Here I pay homage to Pablo Picasso’s practice of making sculptures from used objects. Chiseled wooden pieces are glued together to form elaborate constructions that move between recognizable forms and abstract shapes. These sculptures must to charge the viewer’s imagination with innumerable possibilities. Central to my practice has to be the fact that the material embodies a kind of mythic power energized through its manipulation and placement. I hope, immobile, wooden configurations take on movement and gesture and beckon viewers to a new world.
Artist Bio / CV
Born in Kharkov, Ukraine, Gubin rebelled against the limiting requirements of Soviet Socialist Realism and, following his own vision, created art in various nonconformist styles. Unable to exhibit these works publicly, he went underground, suffering intimidation, persecution, and loneliness. Living in Queens since his arrival to the United States in 1989, he works in painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and photography. A well-published winner of major juried competitions, his art is widely exhibited, most recently at Queens Museum Of Art, Sculptors Guild Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; The Long Island Museum, Stony Brook, NY; Dalet Gallery, Philadelphia; Sculptors Guild @ Saks 2012. Saks Fifth Avenue. New York, NY. He is a member of Audubon Artists, Silvermine Guild of Artists, Sculptors Guild, and National Collage Society.