Marleene Rubenstein

Excavations XII  60”x48”  oil, ash, wax on canvas 

$2500

Excavations VIII, 12”x12” oil, ash, wax on canvas

$650

Collage #2, 11.25" x 9",  paper, ink, enamel, gouache on paper 

$350

Collage #10

11.25"x9"  Mixed media on paper

$350

Excavations I, 60”x48” oil, wax on wooden panel

$2500

Drawing #9, 11.25" x 9"  pencil, nail polish, ink, white out on paper 

$300

Collage #8, 11.25" x 9",  paper, ink, gouache on paper

$350

Collage #12

11.25"x9"  Mixed media on paper

$350

Sky 1   

13"x16"  Charcoal on paper

$500

Scrolls

3-Dimensional Works

48"x22"  Thread, fiber, wood, gold leaf, silver leaf

Sukkot

48"x22"

Thread, fiber, wood, gold leaf

$750

Rosh Hashanah

48"x22"

Thread, fiber, wood, gold leaf

$750

Yom Kippur

48"x22"

Thread, fiber, wood, silver leaf

$750

 

 

 

 

 

Education                 

                                    MFA     California State University Long Beach

                                    MPA    New York University

                                      BS     New York University

 Solo Exhibitions

                                    1999    The Yizkor Series, Las Vegas Art Museum, Las Vegas, NV

                                               

                                                Shadows and Reflections, California State University Long                                                    Beach, Long Beach, CA

 

Group Exhibitions      

                                    2020    Habitual - Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

 

                                                From a Narrow Place: Images of Resilience - USC Hillel, Los                                                   Angeles, CA

 

                                                Indistinct Chatter - Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

 

                                                Spectrum Gestalt 6 - BG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

 

                                                Gleaming Apollo - Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

                                               

                                                She Votes -  handmade book, Southern California Women's                                                   Caucus for Art,  curated by Bonnie Smith

                                               

                                                Petite Works - Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

 

                                                Home/Front - online exhibition, Shoebox Projects, curated by                                                            Kristine Schomaker

 

                                                Reflect and Respond, online exhibition, David Labkovski Project

 

                                                Eshet Hayil - Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA

 

                                                i am. an immigrant - Institut für Alles Mögliche, Berlin, Germany                                                         - curated by Dorit Jordan Dotan

 

                                                Keeping the Faith - Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA -                                                    curated by Ellen November

 

                                    2019    Eshet Hayil - Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA -                                                                      curated by Anne Hromadka

 

                                                Chasing Ghosts - Verum Ultimum Gallery, Portland, OR

 

                                                For Heaven's Sake - Jerusalem Biennale, Jerusalem, Israel

                                                curated by Sagi Rafael

 

                                                For Heaven's Sake - USC Hillel, Los Angles, CA - curated by                                                  Sagi Rafael

 

                                                Love Your Neighbor As Yourself - Pico Union Project, Los                                                     Angeles, CA

 

                                                It's a Life -  The Gallery at the Braid, Santa Monica, CA

 

                                                Traditions and Connections - Santa Clarita City Hall,                                                              Santa Clarita, CA

 

                                                Full Bodied - Gallery 825, Los Angeles, juried by Erica Wall,

                                                Erica Broussard Art

                                   

 

                                    2018    Flashpoints - MuzeuMM, Culver City, CA

 

                                                Bread and Salt - USC, Hillel, Los Angeles, CA - curated by                                                     Georgia Freedman-Harvey

 

                                                Bread and Salt - Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles, CA -                                                    curated by Anne Hromadka

 

                                                Trappings - Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA - juried by Robert                                                   Benitez, MOAH:Cedars Curator

 

                                    2017    Off the Wall - Shoebox Projects, Los Angeles, CA

 

                                                Dimensions of Spirituality -  UJA Federation, New York, NY

 

                                                Watershed, Jerusalem Biennale, Jerusalem, Israel

 

                                                Miniature Show. Beyond the Lines Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

 

                                                Women of Valor, American Jewish University - Ostrow  Library,                                                            Brentwood, CA                                    

 

                                                Nourishing Traditions, The Gallery at the Braid, Santa Monica,                                                         CA

 

2005    Women of the Book, Rutgers University Art Gallery, Rutgers, NJ

 

Women of the Book, Miami Jewish Community Center, Miami,           FL

 

2004    Women's Festival, 2nd City Council, Long Beach, CA – juried by         Irene Hoffman

 

Jewish Artists, Jewish Themes, NAWA Gallery, New York, NY

 

2002    Women of the Book, La Sierra University, Riverside, CA

 

Eighteen Years of Exhibitions, University of Judaism, Brentwood, CA

 

2001    Prejudice, Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

Women of the Book, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Minneapolis, MN

 

Women of the Book, Gotthelf Art Gallery, La Jolla, CA

 

2000    Daughters of the Shoa: Three  Artists, University of Judaism, Brentwood, CA

           

            Soapbox Gallery, Venice, CA

 

Don O’Melveney Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

Women of the Book, Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO

 

Women of the Book, Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT

 

Women of the Book, Florida State University, Gainesville, FL

 

Women of the Book, University of Arizona Museum of Art,

Tucson, AZ

 

Women of the Book, Jewish Community Center of Detroit, Detroit, MI

 

Intergenerational Arts of the Holocaust, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, Los Angeles, CA

 

Discovering Darkness Beyond Light, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA – juried by Tyler Stallings

 

Women of the Book, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA

 

Women of the Book, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

 

1999    California State University Art Gallery (invitational show),

            Long Beach, CA

 

California State University Art Gallery – juried by Peter Frank, Long Beach, CA

 

Long Beach Arts Gallery, Long Beach, CA – juried by Noel Korten

 

California State University, Art Gallery, Long Beach, CA

 

1998    Long Beach Armory, Long Beach, CA

 

California State University Art Gallery (invitational), Long Beach, CA

 

Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, IL

 

California State University Long Beach, Long Beach, CA

 

Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

 

1997    California State University Long Beach – juried print show,

            Long Beach, CA

 

 

Curated

  1. Between the Sheets, California State University, Long Beach, CA

 

 

 

 

 

Public Commissions

  1. Trees of Knowledge, City of Los Angeles – Woodland Hills Public Library, Woodland Hills, CA

 

 

Awards

  1. Eye Opener Award, Women’s Festival, 2nd City Council

Long Beach, CA – juried by Irene Hoffman, OCMA

                                    1999    Marilyn Werby Memorial Award - $2,000

                                                California State University Long Beach

  1. First Place – Research Writing Competition, Humanities Division

California State University Long Beach

 

Public Lectures

  1. The Art of Memory, Simon Wiesenthal Center

Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles, CA

 

Bibliography

2020    i am. an immigrant - full catalogue

            Art and Cake: "65 Over 65" (image)

 

2019    Chasing Ghosts IV - Verum Ultimum Gallery - full catalogue

            Art and Cake, "Artist's  Studios" (image)

            The Jerusalem Biennale 2019 - full catalogue

 

2018    Davis, Genie  "Jerusalem Biennale LA at MuzeuMM" Art and             Cake, July 29,2018 (article and image)

             Peleg, Oren, "Jewish Artists' Work Returns to L.A. from           Jerusalem Biennale", Jewish Journal,  July6-12, 2018 (article             and image)

2017

            Jerusalem Biennale, 2017 (catalogue raisonee)

            Journal of Forgotten Arts, (images and biography) Fall, 2017

            The Jerusalem Biennale 2017 - full catalogue

           

2002    Eighteen Years of Exhibitions, University of Judaism (catalogue)

 

2001    Women of the Book, University of Florida Press (catalogue)

 

2000    Woodward, Josef, “Reflecting the Holocaust,” Los Angeles

Times, April 14, 2000 (review)

 

In Search of Self: A Collaborative

Show of Visual Artists and Writers, California State University, Long Beach (catalogue) 1999

Filipek, Susan, “Local Artists Portray Diverse Styles in Holocaust Exhibit,” Larchmont Chronicle, September, 1999

Schira, Ron, “Exhibit Speaks Volumes About Remembrance,” Reading Eagle/Reading Times, February 26, 1999 (review)

 

Smith, Marie, “Color and Absence,” Las Vegas Weekly, vol. 9, issue 46, p. 47 (review)1998

Showcase: An Academic Affairs Digest, Spring, 1998

Lord, Channa Rae, ed. Rip Rap (Long Beach: University Press,          (reproduction)

 

Memberships

                                                Jewish Artists Initiative of Southern California

                                                Los Angeles Art Association

                                                Jewish Artists Salon, New York

                                                Women's Caucus for Art

 

 

 

 

Collections

                                                College Health Enterprises – Los Angeles, CA

Micki and Mendy Emmer – Cleveland, OH

Aliza and Jeffrey Fish – Los Angeles, CA

                                                Gloria and David Frankel – Beverly Hills, CA

                                                Carol and Sean Isaacs – Las Vegas, NV

                                                Talya and Dr. Daniel Jankovits – Chicago, IL

                                                Beate C. Minkovski – Chicago, IL

                                                Patty and Dr. Henry Rubinstein – Detroit, MI

.                                               Bonnie and Barry Septimus – Lawrence, NY

Dr. Carol and Bertram Siegel – Mamaroneck, NY

            Deborah Siegel – Riverdale, NY

Marleene Rubenstein

Marleene Rubenstein worked as an occupational therapist in rehab medicine before going on to earn her MFA from California State University Long Beach in 1999, where she majored in Drawing and Painting. Despite not having a previous background in art, she won the prestigious Marilyn Werby Memorial Award for her studio work and thesis show, as well as first place in the humanities division at CSULB for her paper in art criticism.  

 

Her work has expanded to incorporate installation, book arts and sculpture as well as painting and drawing. It explores elements of fragility, memory and the passage of time, as well as evidencing a strong social conscience. Materials are carefully chosen for their psychological as well as conceptual impact on the viewer.  She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally.  Marleene Rubensein lives and works in Los Angeles.

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The injunction to remember is a traditional Jewish responsibility.  My work expands this notion, creating a bridge from an intangible past to a contextualized site in the present. Allusions to the state of absence are suggested by my artistic processes of erasure, bandaging, unraveling and the use of discarded possessions.  Some pieces assume the role of intervention becoming receptacles for wounding or defacement.  Other works interface with the viewer to suggest an ephemeral present through the use of reflection, scent, shadow or subtle movement.  My work tends to be uniformly bleached of color, becoming a ghostly presence; and reflecting historically traditional feminine tasks, it is labor intensive.  Always present is the knowledge that with the passage of time, individual identity become more eroded and the thread of memory ever more fragile and tenuous.

 

 

- Marleene Rubenstein