New York artist Barbara Lubliner moves fluidly from performance art to works on paper to sculpture both large and small. Additionally she has organized and moderated panels, curated shows, and started a feminist newspaper.
In the late 1980’s, Lubliner started her ongoing series of work called Aspects of the Female Experience. This series grew out of her experiences of giving birth and mothering. While based on the naturalistic figure, in this work she abstracts, alters, and reconstructs forms to express a complexity of associations. Aspects of the Female Experience has been shown in gallery venues as well as public spaces. Lubliner continues to create figurative works that explore the human condition. Many of these are of indeterminate gender and made with papier mache.
In 2000 Lubliner took up welding and began creating playful, toy-like sculptures with found metal. In 2006 Lubliner’s impulse to explore varied media led her to create performance pieces.
File Cycle Lubliner’s sculpture in Stamford, Connecticut’s 2007 art in public places exhibit, was featured in the New York Times article about the show.
Solo exhibits include the Gibson Gallery Museum at SUNY Potsdam; Main Gallery, Port Washington Public Library, NY; Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ; and the Alternative Space Gallery, Ramapo College, NJ. Group exhibits include Art in Public Places, Stamford, CT; Gallery Merz, Sag Harbor, NY; Ocean County College, NJ; University of Rhode Island in Kingston; and the City Without Walls gallery in Newark, NJ. In New York City, Lubliner has participated in exhibits at the Chelsea Art Museum, Makor Gallery, Ernest Rubenstein Gallery, Queens College Art Center, and Gallery OneTwentyEight. Recent performance venues include the Brooklyn Museum and Le Petite Versailles garden in New York City.
Feminist Artist Statement
The genesis of my feminist work is my process of making sense of being human and female in our modern world with its paradoxical expectations and values for women.
I delve into what going through life in a female body feels like in a social context and what it feels like emotionally and biologically.
t is a great joy when my work resonates with a viewer. I am grateful for my images to be on this feminist archive where they can heard and be part of such a rich chorus.
A saddle of female vitality.
Feeling grounded, standing firm. An earth mother, a tower of nurturing strength, abundantly endowed to suckle.
Furious agitation, an uproar of feelings. Kicking and screaming.
And the box? Being contained and breaking out? Or being pulled in and resisting?
Celebrating strong women. Celebrating feminist pioneers and the women continuing the work.
In exercise gear, chanting, “It’s power, its power, its power for the flower! Work it! Work it! Work it! We can do it!”
Performance breast muscles based on “Muscle” sculpture, which can also be seen on this site.
While toy rattles give pleasure worldwide, to be rattled is to be upset and distressed.
Using welded rattled sculptures, a xylophone, and a table, anxious, caged feelings are exposed and transformed into play through a series of whimsical gestures.
Thinking about the female body as a garment.
“Romper” jumpsuits in the form of Venus fertility goddess torsos.
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