Pop Mona, 2020
Mixed Medium, 69 x 69 cm
About the artwork
This captivating work by Patrick Rubinstein features the Mona Lisa surrounded by iconic images of pop art, such as Roy Liechtenstein’s ‘Crying Girl’ and Andy Warhol’s ‘Banana’ and ‘Marilyn Monroe’. This icon of Renaissance art juxtaposed with those of Pop Art are an excellent example of the fascinating and humorous contrasts that Patrick Rubinstein employs in his works. The work features an array of vibrant and neon colours that advance towards the viewer, imbuing it with a sense of energy. This is furthered by the unique effect of Patrick’s art, in which the work comes to life according to the movements of the viewer, allowing them to become its masterful animator.
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.