October 30, 2009

Chance Encounters with Dmitry Gubin

Review by Ryan Turley

Dmitry Gubin is a first­-year Masters student studying in Art and Design Education at The Pratt Institute.

Gubin’s show entitled 2007-2009, is currently on view at the Fishbowl Gallery at The Pratt Institute.  
American Boy, 2007

2007-2009, presents a collection of various paintings from Gubin’s archives of the past two years.  As a professional commercial photographer, printmaker and painter, Gubin has an expansive range of skill-sets from which to cull imagery for his work.  Gubin is interested in “learning about all new mediums,” as he feels it will enhance his current research and studies in Art Education.

Gubin’s sweeping interests in materials are evident in his current work shown from 2007-2009.  Gubin mixes acrylic, spray paint, marker, and numerous other materials and techniques in order to present his imagery.  A culmination of these materials and mediums create a graffiti type of experience in his more abstract pieces such as Imposter, 2008 or The Scream, 2008.  These pieces are busy with abstracted content and emerging figures intertwined with text and line.  The overall feeling of these works is of a somewhat forceful nature, almost aggressive in their own gestures.

Gubin juxtaposes these more abstract pieces with his portraiture pieces.  A Self Portrait on Red Armchair, 2009, American Boy, 2007 and W. Timothy Ryan, 2009 seem oddly at home amongst the more abstract works they share the space with.  A commonality these works all share is Gubin’s dedication to experimentation in mark making, mixing of materials and mediums and how in doing this he is open to chance outcomes.  Gubin is accommodating and welcoming to chance outcomes in that he allows for the materials and mediums he combines to surprise him.  An immediacy of working and this allowance for chance outcomes Gubin describes as “an exciting way of working.”

For further information on Dmitry Gubin please visit his website: www.gubinpaint.com

This exhibition is part of the Student Exhibition Spaces Program coordinated by the Center for Career and Professional Development at Pratt Institute.  All current students can submit work for inclusion in future exhibitions by emailing ccpdprograms@gmail.com for more information.

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