Charlie Rubin

Charlie Rubin was born in 1986 in the Bronx and grew up in New Rochelle, NY. He received his BA from Haverford College, 2004, and completed his MFA at Parsons the New School for Design, 2012. For his graduate thesis, Rubin created a series of photographs that investigated the tensions between the real and the virtual worlds we inhabit. To achieve this, Rubin took photographs of densely rich nature and injected vibrant and clashing colors that contradict the lushness of reality with their obvious falsity. Today we share photographs from that collection.

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Rubin’s images are an exploration into the ordinary with a twist, often blurring the lines between the artificial and the real. His focus is multiple and expansive as he works to capture the intimate details of different cultural cues by way of landscape, still life and portraiture. “I’m interested in the subjects of fantasy, popular culture, repeating signs of this popular culture, and transforming ordinary objects in to artifacts. As well as this mix of virtual and real world I feel like I’m in the middle of sometimes. It’s like when you see someone you haven’t seen in a while and you ask them what they have been up to and they tell you they went to a concert last night… you remember seeing this on the internet earlier but you wonder if you should just act interested like you had no idea because everything is so weird.”

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To view more of Charlie’s work please visit his website.