Series 9

2010-16 | Rubinoff’s last, unfinished, series is a return to the mechanomorphic vocabulary of Series 4, recycling many of the same T-sections, gussets, starbursts and angular components, but by swapping forbidding Cor-ten for glistening stainless steel, he converts these often violent compositions into uplifting explosions of form. Rubinoff’s final pieces are the work of an artist at the peak of his powers, combining and transcending decades of experimentation.

Series 9-1

Jeffrey Rubinoff

2010, Stainless 304 steel – Welded plate, H 8ft   W 6ft   L 7ft

Rubinoff’s first work of his final series revisits many of the same forms first used in Series 4. The semi-circular crown in particular, with its T-sections, gussets, and chevron cut-outs, resembles those used in 4-10 and 4-15. Here, however, the stainless steel makes the entire design seem less weighty and overbearing, as its surfaces shimmer and dematerialise in the changing light.
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Rubinoff’s first work of his final series revisits many of the same forms first used in Series 4. The semi-circular crown in particular, with its T-sections, gussets, and chevron cut-outs, resembles those used in 4-10 and 4-15. Here, however, the stainless steel makes the entire design seem less weighty and overbearing, as its surfaces shimmer and dematerialise in the changing light.

Series 9-2

Jeffrey Rubinoff

2011, Stainless 304 steel – Welded plate, H 8ft   W 7ft   L 7ft

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Series 9-2

Jeffrey Rubinoff

2011, Stainless 304 steel – Welded plate, H 8ft   W 7ft   L 7ft

The second piece is simpler and more open. It is constructed from two principal components: a calliper like base that rises from the ground, and a two-legged figure that straddles it. Rubinoff dramatically reduces the size of the crown, making the  work less top-heavy than its predecessor, and increasing the amount of negative  space in the composition.

Series 9-3

Jeffrey Rubinoff

2012, Stainless 304 steel – Welded plate, H 7ft   W 10ft   L 10ft

This sculpture is one of Rubinoff’s most delightfully dynamic works. It adopts a more horizontal orientation than 9-1 and 9-2, but moves in many directions. The composition terminates into eight flaring T-sections and one simple crown form that  appears to be splintering as it rises, giving the impression of an explosion in suspended animation.
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This sculpture is one of Rubinoff’s most delightfully dynamic works. It adopts a more horizontal orientation than 9-1 and 9-2, but moves in many directions. The composition terminates into eight flaring T-sections and one simple crown form that  appears to be splintering as it rises, giving the impression of an explosion in suspended animation.

Series 9-4

Jeffrey Rubinoff

2013, Stainless 304 steel – Welded plate, H 9ft   W 10ft   L 9ft

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Series 9-4

Jeffrey Rubinoff

2013, Stainless 304 steel – Welded plate, H 9ft   W 10ft   L 9ft

The fourth sculpture reverts to a vertical orientation, and doesn’t so much evoke an explosion as a rising figure. The principal flaring T-sections here are bent into joints: two of them terminate in the ground, pointing upwards; the other points downwards. All three appear to slowly lift the crown form up towards the sky.

Series 9-5

Jeffrey Rubinoff

2014, Stainless 304 steel – Welded plate and rod, H 7ft   W 12ft   L 8ft

Rubinoff innovates once again here, breaking up his two main motifs, spreading them across a 12-foot horizontal axis, and then incorporating two stainless steel tubes (first used in Series 2) into the design, which exit one form and penetrate the T-sections of the other.
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Rubinoff innovates once again here, breaking up his two main motifs, spreading them across a 12-foot horizontal axis, and then incorporating two stainless steel tubes (first used in Series 2) into the design, which exit one form and penetrate the T-sections of the other.

Series 9-6

Jeffrey Rubinoff

2015, Stainless 304 steel – Welded plate, H 8ft W 8ft L 8ft

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Series 9-6

Jeffrey Rubinoff

2015, Stainless 304 steel – Welded plate, H 8ft W 8ft L 8ft

Rubinoff’s penultimate work incorporates another original innovation. Here the T-section that supports the main crown splits into two, curves down to the ground, runs horizontally along the grass and then zigzags backwards to support another smaller circular form, binding the composition into a single calligraphic stroke.

Series 9-7

Jeffrey Rubinoff

2016, Stainless 304 steel – Welded plate, H 8 ft W 6ft L 5ft

Rubinoff’s last work was made in the final months of his life in 2016 and sited at the Sculpture Park after his death in 2017. It is a defiant and uplifting work. A curving figure loops gleefully up from the ground, with something resembling a smile carved into the crown, looking out over Rubinoff’s land, and across to Denman and Vancouver Island beyond.
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Rubinoff’s last work was made in the final months of his life in 2016 and sited at the Sculpture Park after his death in 2017. It is a defiant and uplifting work. A curving figure loops gleefully up from the ground, with something resembling a smile carved into the crown, looking out over Rubinoff’s land, and across to Denman and Vancouver Island beyond.

Rubinoff Collection Overview

Early Works

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

Series 4

Series 5

Series 6

Series 7

Series 8

Series 9

Early Works

Series 1

Series 2

Series 3

Series 4

Series 5

Series 6

Series 7

Series 8

Series 9