Oh My Banana, 2020
Acylic on Board, 69 x 69 cm
About the artwork
This work by Patrick Rubinstein pays tribute to the icons of Pop Art. At the forefront of the work is Andy Warhol’s ‘Banana’, that upon moving, is revealed to contain numerous iconic symbols of Pop Art, such as Marilyn Monroe and a can of Campbell’s Soup. The mix of bright neon colours and cool tones create a dazzling vibrancy that is visually stimulating, while the unique and ever-changing dynamics of the work reflect the electrifying experience of viewing a Pop work for the first time, and the palpable sense of energy and movement. Patrick’s innovative technique is demonstrated in this piece, which is a befitting tribute to a movement that has influenced his own process immensely.
About the artist
Patrick Rubinstein draws his themes from both the past and the present and is inspired by Optical Art and Kinetic Art, genres that play with our perceptions through art. His works often feature the major icons and celebrities of the second half of the twentieth century and feature an innovative technique, which allows visual variations when the spectator moves around the work while maintaining defined sight of the central image. The result of this is captivating, giving the artworks an animated and perpetually renewed nature. Rubinstein’s art has a striking effect when observed: the image, fixed at first, comes to life according to the movements of the viewer. We become the animator vis-à-vis the unprecedented dynamics of his work, that draw us into a captivating visual experience, and surprises us with every viewing.