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Mac II with Studio/8, Photopaint 1988 – 1990

This transitional series comprises some of the last 8 bit works in the period before full color was available. Studio/8 software was developed by Electronic Arts for their own in house artists, and it was a wonderful program complete with a second layer (draft page), and other features Adobe reinvented at a later date. Scanning was still in very early stages of black and white (not grayscale), and many of these image combine digital hand drawing and early scanning.

Artist Statement from 1992: This series is built on the juxtaposition of fragments from both personal and cultural history Ironically, the computer has placed me in a new relationship to tradition. It has provided me with the means to access my cultural legacy directly , and I often begin works by placing medieval Hebrew manuscripts inside the computer. I purposely quote sources from different times and places to tell the story of my own culture which comes form migrations over the last several hundred years from place to place as a subculture which is in and of itself a blended culture. A single work, for example, might bring together images from a 17th century Hebrew manuscript from Italy, the house I lived in as a young child, 19th century polish synagogues, and trees from the yard of my current home in Vermont. The work is totally conceived and developed within the computer, as the mechanism for the selective merging, layering, and melding of my sources. How the source images enter the computer (either through my own photographs or direct drawing) is not important, as in any case I must work hours with the sources within the computer to make them truly part of the evolving computer image

Toledo Page

©1991, printed as photographic print

The tulips in this work are digital hand-drawings. The decorative patterns are from the former synagogue Toledo, scanned in 2 bit (black and white, no grayscale). Other elements are from a Hebrew manuscript from 1312. The image in deep space is from the train station in Antwerp. The train station of course did not exist in 1492, but it was the destination of many of the Jews leaving Spain and so today modern Antwerp carries some memories of Toledo.

Exhibited:

TISEA: Third International Symposium on Electronic Art
Sydney, Australia, 1991

Published:

artist feature, “Back to the Roots: Cynthia Rubin” , Wim van der Plas, P/im, the Netherlands, pp 33 – 34


Remembering Home

©1991, printed as photographic print and as Iris print on paper.

Exhibited:

Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester NY, Psychedelic: Optical and Visionary Art Since the 1960s. October 17, 2010–January 2, 2011

TISEA: Third International Symposium on Electronic Art
Sydney, Australia, 1992

Imagina Digital Gallery, Monte Carlo, Monaco international group exhibition, 1992

C B Rubin: Galerie Arts Technologies, Montréal, Québec – solo, 1992

Published:

artist feature, “Back to the Roots: Cynthia Rubin” , Wim van der Plas, P/im, the Netherlands, , 1991 pp 33 – 34

Collection:

Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester


After Cordoba III, 1992

Exhibited:

TISEA: Third International Symposium on Electronic Art
Sydney, Australia, 1992

Published:

artist feature, “Back to the Roots: Cynthia Rubin” , Wim van der Plas, P/im, the Netherlands, , 1991 pp 33 – 34


May Marseilles Carpet Page


Gothic Art / Arched Memoire

©1991, printed as photographic print

Exhibited:

SISEA: Second International Symposium on Electronic Art
Groningen, Netherlands, 1990

Published:

Ma è vera arte? Denise F. M. Penrose, Italy, Pixel no 3 1991. p.44








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