Crosstown Arts / 1350 Concourse Ave., Suite 280 December 14, 2018 - January 27, 2019

Carrie Rubinstein

In the East Gallery, Brooklyn-based, former Crosstown Arts resident artist Carrie Rubinstein will present her solo exhibition, Brick Fiction. Inspired by the abundant brick and plaster walls of the Crosstown Concourse building in which it was conceived, Brick Fiction consists of two freestanding wooden structures that are covered in drawings that mimic those surfaces.

“The walls of Crosstown Concourse reveal layers of sandblasted paint, plaster, brick, and concrete from the previous century. The beauty of this raw surface inspires my sensibilities as an artist because it sparks my curiosity about the prior occupants of this place,” Rubinstein says.

Both structures stand at 10 x 9 x 8’ tall and contain full-size doors and two windows. The viewer is invited to experience the work from its interior and perimeter. One structure features hand-drawn individual bricks for its entire exterior. Even though each structure is nine feet tall, the overlapping placement of each interior drawing of plaster walls produces an unexpected intimacy. Other objects made entirely from hand-drawn and folded sheet paper include a ceiling that resembles wooden planks, an electrical outlet, and a three-dimensional fuse box with bolts and wire housing.

Rubinstein earned her BA in Studio Art from Smith College, a post-baccalaureate degree in Sculpture from Brandeis University, and her MFA in Sculpture from Hunter College with a semester at L’École des Beaux Arts in Paris. Rubinstein’s work has shown in a number of New York City-based exhibitions, including Arts@Renaissance, Brooklyn Museum’s Go Open Studio Project, A.I.R. Gallery, Orgy Park, The Roger Smith Hotel, and TSA Gallery. She participated in Crosstown Arts’ pilot version of its residency program from 2017 to early 2018.

Crosstown Arts is a contemporary arts organization dedicated to further cultivating the creative community in Memphis. We provide resources and create opportunities and experiences to inspire, support, and connect a diverse range of creative people, projects, and audiences.