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Nancy Rubins

Fluid Space

June 24–August 6, 2021
Beverly Hills

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Installation view Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

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Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Installation view Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

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Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Installation view Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Installation view

Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Installation view Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Installation view

Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Installation view Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Installation view

Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Installation view Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Installation view

Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Installation view Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Installation view

Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Installation view Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Installation view

Artwork © Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Works Exhibited

Nancy Rubins, Fizzy’s Nebuli, 2019 Aluminum, brass, bronze, stainless steel, and stainless steel wire, 79 × 103 × 115 inches (200.7 × 261.6 × 292.1 cm)© Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Nancy Rubins, Fizzy’s Nebuli, 2019

Aluminum, brass, bronze, stainless steel, and stainless steel wire, 79 × 103 × 115 inches (200.7 × 261.6 × 292.1 cm)
© Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Nancy Rubins, Photon’s Mass, 2019 Aluminum, stainless steel, and stainless steel wire, 84 × 98 × 108 inches (213.4 × 248.9 × 274.3 cm)© Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Nancy Rubins, Photon’s Mass, 2019

Aluminum, stainless steel, and stainless steel wire, 84 × 98 × 108 inches (213.4 × 248.9 × 274.3 cm)
© Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Nancy Rubins, Frito’s Reliable Moon, 2019 Aluminum, brass, bronze, stainless steel, and stainless steel wire, 87 × 114 × 137 inches (221 × 289.6 × 348 cm)© Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

Nancy Rubins, Frito’s Reliable Moon, 2019

Aluminum, brass, bronze, stainless steel, and stainless steel wire, 87 × 114 × 137 inches (221 × 289.6 × 348 cm)
© Nancy Rubins. Photo: Brian Guido

About

I realized that this stuff has been around a long time, and it’s passed through this odd transition. Before it was in the earth, it was floating as a molecule in outer space—it was part of somebody’s star, or part of somebody’s exploding planet. 
—Nancy Rubins

Gagosian is pleased to present Fluid Space, an exhibition of recent sculptures and drawings by Nancy Rubins.

Since the late 1970s, Rubins has transformed industrial and found objects—everything from television sets and airplane parts to canoes and carousel animals—into engineered abstractions following rhizomatic patterns. Her first public project, Big Bil-Bored (1980) was commissioned for the Cermak Plaza shopping center in Berwyn, Illinois, and she has continued to work on a large scale ever since; Big Pleasure Point, a structure composed of more than sixty small water vessels, was installed outside New York’s Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in 2006.

In Fluid Space (2019–), the series from which the exhibition takes its title, Rubins uses the same cast metal animals that appeared in her Diversifolia series (2016–18), now sliced into fragments that expose their seams and undersides, calling further attention to the shape-shifting potential of the metal itself. These quasi-organic structures bloom from tables and stools, recalling works such as Table & Airplane Parts (1990–2011), which incorporate architectural foundations from which disparate elements emerge.

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Frank Gehry, Wishful Thinking, 2021, installation view, Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales, Gagosian, Beverly Hills, 2021 © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

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Gallery Weekend LA
Frank Gehry, Albert Oehlen, Nancy Rubins

July 28–August 1, 2021
Los Angeles
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Gagosian is participating in the inaugural Gallery Weekend LA with three exhibitions. Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales and Nancy Rubins: Fluid Space, both on view at Gagosian’s Beverly Hills location, will be open for extended hours during Gallery Weekend LA (July 28: 10am–7pm; July 29–30: 10am–5:30pm; July 31–August 1: 12–6pm). Visitors can also see Albert Oehlen: Tramonto Spaventoso with an appointment, on view at the Marciano Art Foundation (July 28–31: 11am–5pm). The event is organized through Gallery Association Los Angeles and galleryplatform.la and includes nearly eighty-five of the city’s leading contemporary art galleries and museums.

Frank Gehry, Wishful Thinking, 2021, installation view, Frank Gehry: Spinning Tales, Gagosian, Beverly Hills, 2021 © Frank O. Gehry. Photo: Joshua White

Left: Nancy Rubins. Photo: Joel Searles. Right: Eric Shiner. Photo: Walker Olesen

In Conversation

Nancy Rubins
Eric Shiner

Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 1pm edt

Join Gagosian for an online conversation between Nancy Rubins and Eric Shiner inside the artist’s exhibition Fluid Space, on view at Gagosian, Beverly Hills, through August 6. The pair will discuss Rubins’s unique approach to sculpture, in which industrial and found objects—such as television sets, airplane parts, and carousel animals—are transformed into engineered abstractions that are at once otherworldly and familiar. To join, register at eventbrite.com.

Left: Nancy Rubins. Photo: Joel Searles. Right: Eric Shiner. Photo: Walker Olesen