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Jay Rubinstein

I make wooden mobiles, designed to be as light as possible to enable them to move easily.  Most, though not all, have been in response to an image in a poem or a story.  I get excited when I’m shown a new idea or a new way of looking at a familiar object and particularly when a striking image is accompanied by some deeper significance.  I want my mobiles to be beautiful but also to carry some sense of meaning for the onlooker.

I make work where ideas and shapes combine to challenge the viewer with multiple perspectives.  I’m constantly exploring the ways in which mobiles enable a single shape to represent different things depending on viewpoint or distance.  Sometimes, images appear and disappear as the air takes the piece.  There is even, occasionally, a surprise for me as the final piece moves in ways beyond my intentions.

Every stage of making the mobile involves exploration and decisions, some of which need to be reversed at a subsequent stage.  The colours produced by various timbers, the shapes it is possible to make and the shapes it is possible to suggest, the stringing of the pieces and the movement available in the final piece all require deliberation and experiment.

Occasionally I find the right technique or shape at the first attempt.  More often I don’t.  Even when making a mobile closely allied to a previous one, I will find myself modifying and developing it.  Unfortunately, this sometimes means discarding and burning early experiments when they don’t measure up. Probably the necessity of giving up on a piece when it isn’t suitable or good enough is one of the most important things I’ve learned over the years.

The materials I work with are almost exclusively natural veneers (slices of wood less than 1mm thick). This means a limited colour palette and many challenges when trying to represent shapes with compound curves.  Gluing layers of veneer over curved forms, under a vacuum press produces light, strong shapes with minimal wastage.  I had a brief experience with the technique when training as a cabinet maker over 40 years ago at the London College of Furniture.

The work I’m doing now is somewhat removed from the craft of furniture making but I try to keep to the same standards of work and finish as far as possible.

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Jay Rubinstein's art

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Goldfinches in leaves

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Price: £350

Moths

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Single Swallow

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Leaves

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Barnacle Goose

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Small Goose Flock

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Phoenix

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Price: £1200

The Tyger

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Seagull

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Three Swallows

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Flight of Geese

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Blodewedd/Flower Face

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Conference of Birds

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An Event

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    Past Exhibitions

    September 2019 Modern Makers Exhibition in the Kirkcudbright Galleries Kirkcudbright September 2019 – December 2019 Mobiles exhibited in the Compass Gallery, Glasgow Glasgow November 2019 to time of writing Various mobiles exhibited in the Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright Kirkcudbright Spring 2020 - Spring Fling Open Studios Spring 2021 - Spring Fling Open Studios August 2021 – time of writing Various mobiles exhibited in “The Old Courthouse Gallery, Ambleside Ambleside November 2021 - Upland Winter Art and Craft Easterbrook, Dumfries Spring 2022 - Spring Fling Open Studios May 2022 - Biscuit Factory (as part of Upland celebration) Newcastle November 2022 - Upland Made Easterbrook, Dumfries December 2022 -3D2D show Edinburgh May 2023 - Spring Fling Open Studios May-June 2023 - Applied Arts Scotland Open Members’ Exhibition 2023, Edinburgh November 2023 Upland Made Easterbrook, Dumfries
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    "I love to make items which morph and change as the air takes them. I want the viewer to see different things every time they look at a piece."