David Rubin - Creating Order Out of Chaos
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David Rubin – Creating Order Out of Chaos

June Gallery Artist: David Rubin

Creating Order out of Chaos

As a child, David Rubin felt connected to The Art Institute of Chicago because of its accessibility and the impressionist art featured in the collection. When he had children of his own, Rubin wanted to encourage them to be creative instead of mindlessly watching television, so he began painting watercolors with them. After moving to Raleigh, he fell in love with using acrylics due to the quickness of the work while also creating structure and texture in his pieces. As a poet, painter, and musician, Rubin seeks to create order from chaos, and link music to poems and poems to art. His collection, The Art of Negentropy, is featured at Imurj – The Artists’ Café for the month of June.


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Sunset Pasta by David Rubin, inspired by Matisse

Inspired by the abstract expressionist voice of Joan Mitchell and the gestural illustrations of Pablo Picasso, Rubin spontaneously works colors together to create pieces that people can connect with. Rubin’s other influences include Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, Bernard DuBuffet, and the raw cartoon gestural illustrations of Jean-Michel Basquiat.


Electric Snail by David Rubin, inspired by a picture of a tropical snail

Negentropy, the antonym of Entropy, strives to create order out of chaos. This is best illustrated through Rubin’s creative process. Typically beginning with only colors in mind, he lets his mind be the driving force behind his painting, acting spontaneously and deriving meaning only after the painting is completed. The Oxford Dictionary defines art as, “The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination…producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” The goal of Rubin’s art isn’t focused on selling it, but to make art for art’s sake and create something that people can connect with, and find their own meaning within.


Aliens Among Us by David Rubin, inspired by his daughter’s trip to the NC Aquarium in Wilmington, NC


Art, in the broadest definition, is used by many, including Rubin, to create a new reality and provide a creative outlet from the negative parts of life. Rubin said, “Creating art is a luxury, but there comes a time in your life when it is as important as eating and breathing.” Various art forms (visual and performing arts) ideally interact with each other and create a greater synergy that can’t be accomplished otherwise. This is the focus of PoArtry, a combination of Poetry and Visual Art held in tandem with Poetically Speaking, Imurj’s poetry open mic. Beginning at 6:30 on Sunday, June 23rd, there will be a Poetic Conversation with The Art of Negentropy, featuring live poetry and collaboration opportunities. This free event aims to open conversations about the connection between various art forms by encouraging discussion.


Harvest by David Rubin


David will also be a featured performer in Imurj’s June Artist Member Spotlight on Thursday June 20th. Performers include Great Father Whale, Frances Eliza, Sea of Tranquility, and David Rubin and The Negentropic Collective. Consisting of Daniel Vapne (keys), Taha Arif (percussion), Terry Jones (guitar), Ed Simmons (guitar), and Brennan Clark (bass), The Negentropic Collective will perform improvised music while David Rubin reads live poetry. Doors open at 7:00 for this free event, and the show will begin at 7:30. Click here to learn more about the event.