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(A Way of Seeing)
Howard Rubenstein

August 24 - October 16, 2005
Museum Open House: September 7, 5:30-7:00pm

Howard Rubenstein
Cavern #2

“Rubenstein's photographic images are sumptuously mysterious for he gives himself the double-task of recording the reality of time and place as well as fixing forever an emotional experience of space and light. He challenges us in a playful way, to recondition our viewing of natural processes and, to experience nature in a fresh way, as well as our responses to her.
–Dominique Nahas


Howard Rubenstein's Antelope Canyon images have great depth and power in their mysterious forms and convoluted contours. They take the viewer to a place that is in our world, but not of our world.

About Antelope Canyon

The canyon pieces are literal and at the same time abstract, presenting sensual, fluid images with great depth and power. They take the viewer into a place that is in our world, but not of our world. We are in a photographic reality, in black-and-white, with illuminated forms that are both spatial and mysterious, full of convoluted contours that move from wave-like expanses to small light filled apertures. These forms were captured photographically on the Navajo Indian reservation in north central Arizona; the lower Antelope "slot" canyons. These narrow fissures formed by the erosion of flowing water over thousands of years are sixty to one hundred feet below the earth’s surface and six to ten feet wide, accessible only with an Indian guide.

I was enraptured by the physical space and the constantly changing patterns of light playing among the sculptured sandstone surfaces, which changed minute by minute, always leading to new discoveries. The contours were breathtaking, wondrous and cavernous-otherworldly. Working among snakes and lizards, which didn't seem to be bothered by my presence, I was in this canyon for two full days mesmerized by my surroundings, and completely unaware of time. For the first time in my life, I do not remember capturing any of these photographs. It was a very unique experience-and very spiritual.
" –Howard Rubenstein

Exhibition organized through Katharine T. Carter & Associates.

Nature’s Unearthly Facts

"Rubenstein's intention is to record the deeply spiritual aspect of nature, its strangely soothing, even preternatural otherness. He turns his camera eye to the undulating geologic forms of the canyon and their shadows, while occasionally incorporating references to the sky above. Light, the giver of life, and its play on the flow of forms, as well as our response to those forms, become the charged subject matter of his photographic project rather than the mere "earthly facts" of stone.

He attempts, in his words ”to take the viewer outside of his conscious mind.” In so doing the artist heightens the inherent power, sensuality and perfection of the natural world, by casting us adrift in a sea of wondrous sensations of slippages, ruptures and slashes of space and light. His carefully calibrated cropping of space and of geologic details systematically removes us from a normalized sense of scale; left directionless and shorn of references of up or down, the viewer find it impossible to determine what is gigantic or minuscule…"
–Dominique Nahas
    Howard Rubenstein
Antelope Canyon #3


Howard Rubenstein is a Rhode Island based landscape photographer. For over a decade he has worked to produce a vast array of photographic art in a number of extended series ranging from the black and white canyon images featured in this exhibition to abstract figurative work, images of Rhode Island, travel photography and paintings on photographs. The second profession in photography comes after a complete and successful career in dentistry that Rubenstein gave up because he had “lost the passion” for his profession. After studying with a number of photographers including Bill Hayward, Joyce Tennyson, and George Tice and at the Maine Photographic Workshop, he devoted himself full-time to the pursuit of photography. His abstract work has been widely exhibited in Rhode Island and was recently featured in a solo show at the Newport Art Museum and at Newport's Marlborough Gallery...Click here for artist's website.

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