Tableaux Vivants at Chroma Gallery

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      Elizabeth Howard

                                           Book Pile – Night, Oil on linen, 52″ x 36″

                                       TABLEAUX VIVANTS

      Ephraim Rubenstein’s dramatic paintings
      that chronicle the life story of books


      Ephraim Rubenstein is an exquisitely masterful painter, published writer, voracious reader, and a collector of books. To the artist, books in a sense function as architecture (another subject in Rubenstein’s long evolving body of work). Stories are floors where human scenarios play out, or hermits cogitate on life while listening to the footsteps, arguments and mattress springs above.

      Our own experiences with books lead us up all those stairways through characters and plots, conflicts and resolutions, to revelations and vistas near and far. And like architecture, books have their own relationship with time, becoming too well loved, or disappointing, or disturbing. Or, ultimately, poorly constructed; obsolete in their design, perspective and language.

      Books, Mirror, Lenses – Day, Oil on linen, 48″ x 72″

      Chroma Projects / Gallery
      East Third Street Entrance of Vault Virginia.
      (Directly across from The Front Porch)

      Charlottesville, VA 22902

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