Installation view

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Power Flower N-2 (Blue on Black), 2016

Mixed media on canvas

36 x 36 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Power Flower N-3 (Pink on Black), 2016

Mixed media on canvas

36 x 36 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Power Flower N-1 (Silver on Black), 2016

Mixed media on canvas

36 x 36 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Power Flower N-4 (Red on Black), 2016

Mixed media on canvas

36 x 36 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Power Flower N-4 (Pistachio on Black), 2016

Mixed media on canvas

36 x 36 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Power Flower N-2 (Light Pink on Black), 2016

Mixed media on canvas

36 x 36 inches

Installation view

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Flower Vase (Silver on blue), 2016

Mixed media with diamond dust on canvas

55 x 42 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Love Changes Everything, 2015

Aluminum engraved and dipped in chrome with 10,000 hand applied Swarovski Crystals

37 x 5 x 5 inches

Installation view

Rubem Robierb (1976)

War-Hol Flowers (Blue and Green), 2016

Mixed media on canvas

64 x 64 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Crime Scene, 2014

Mixed media on canvas

38 x 38 inches

Installation view

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Rose Bouquet (White on Silver),  2016

Mixed media with diamond dust on canvas

36 x 36 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

High Voltage (Blue), 2016

Mixed media on canvas

38 x 38 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Hybrid Silver Butterfly I on Blue, 2016

Hand painting and silkscreen with diamond dust on canvas

53 x 34 1/2 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Silver Butterfly III on White, 2015

Mixed media with diamond dust on canvas

38 x 38 inches

Installation view

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Butterfly I (Yellow on silver), 2016

Hand painting and silkscreen on canvas

24 x 24 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Butterfly II (Blood orange on dark blue), 2016

Hand painting and silkscreen on canvas

24 x 24 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Butterfly II (Pink on dark blue), 2016

Hand painting and silkscreen on canvas

24 x 24 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Butterfly I (Light blue on silver), 2016

Hand painting and silkscreen on canvas

24 x 24 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Love Hurts, 2016

Mixed media with diamond dust and chrome darts with Swarovski crystals on canvas

38 x 38 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Power Flower (Silver on Black), 2016

Mixed media and diamond dust on canvas

54 x 54 inches

Installation view

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Flammable, 2015

Mixed media on canvas

38 x 38 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Pearl Butterfly on Pink Sand, 2013

Mixed media with diamond dust on canvas

38 x 38 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

White Bullet Fly N-2 on Silver, 2015

Silkscreen on canvas with Diamond Dust

54 x 54 inches

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Power Flower, 2016

Mixed media and diamond dust on canvas

54 x 54 inches

 

Rubem Robierb (1976)

Hybrid Pear Butterfly on Black, 2015

Mixed media and diamond dust on canvas

71 x 46 1/2 inches

Rubem Robierb - Juxtaposed

Octavia Art Gallery | New Orleans

November 5 – December 3, 2016

Opening Reception: November 5, 6 - 8 pm

 

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent works by Brazilian artist Rubem Robierb.

 

Robierb is best known for his vibrantly colored images that combine South American-Miami style with a hard New York edge. His unique working style incorporates richly layered screen-printing, hand and spray painting, diamond dust, and new non-traditional mediums such as neon signs. In this exhibition, Robierb playfully juxtaposes cultural references, while exploring socio-cultural issues that define our current times, as exemplified in his HEART, Bullets and Butterflies, and Power Flowers series.

 

In Robierb’s HEART pieces, he highlights the idea that human emotion often is transferred through a plethora of external communicative objects like signs, emojis, words, and symbols. The heart holds such strong emotional, symbolic value and when juxtaposed with everyday signage and phrases, the underlying powerfulness of each emotion becomes even more evident – or adversely less. The outcome is a collection of ironic, edgy, political and critical messages in the artworks that effectively display Robierb’s personal vision of the world. The visually compelling and symbolically profound experience causes the beholder to reflect on both the universal and deeply personal question of “what is love?”  

 

Within the Bullets and Butterflies series, the Hybrid Pearl Butterfly on Black has been divided into two identical, yet mirrored life-size paintings of each wing. The bullet, acting as the creature’s body, is materialized into a 37-inch tall aluminum bullet sculpture. With the wings being human-scale and the oversized bullet in between, it becomes a strong symbol of human-made power. The viewers can easily position themselves – both mentally and physically – between the two wings and feel the fragility of life through their interaction with the artwork as they become both the bullet and the butterfly. The bullet itself, encrusted in Swarovski crystals, underlines humankind’s desirability and glamorization of the bullet – even through it is one of the most deadly objects.

 

In Robierb’s Power Flowers, he is connecting his own narrative of bullets and war, with Andy Warhol’s iconic “Flower” paintings.  Upon close inspection, the presumed Warhol flower is not a flower at all – it is a bullet that has been shot from a gun and has exploded. The merely “pretty picture” is corrupted and the optical truth of the artwork is revealed. Robierb’s work makes the viewer consciously aware of how violence and war corrupts your vision. The works contemplate the juxtaposition of how beautiful and sad our “pop-war culture” has become.