Alexandra Rubinstein
Medium: Painting

Studio Location:
540 President Street (Spaceworks Basement)
Studio # 9


Artist Bio:
Alexandra Rubinstein was born in Ekaterinburg, Russia in 1988 to a Russian mother and a Jewish father. Seeking asylum for almost 10 years, the family was finally accepted into the U.S. in 1997, eventually settling outside of Pittsburgh. While in High School, she began taking art courses at Carnegie Mellon University, where she later earned her BFA. Upon graduation, she moved to New York seeking fame and fortune by taking on a slue of unpaid internships and spending all her money on rent. Eight years later, she's neither rich nor famous, but has a decent studio in Brooklyn where she continues to make work. She has exhibited nationally, and has received lots of press at home and abroad for "A Dream Come True" - a series of portraits of celebrated men framed by cunnlinigus that reflects on the lack of the female perspective in depictions of sex in mainstream media in the United States. It also serves as a commentary on policing of female sexuality through censorship, which reiterates that sex is about men and their pleasure, as opposed to a mutual experience, reciprocity and respect. However, not all her work is celebrities eating pussy, so come and see the rest for yourself!

Artist Statement:
What do women want. Equal rights? Equal pay? Flowers? Thigh gaps? Abortions? Although the answers vary based on age, class, and location, we all want the freedom of choice and respect. And flowers. And while nothing can substitute for policy, respect begins on a personal, more nuanced level. Through my work, I challenge old systems and reconstruct the heterosexual female experience and the power dynamics of intimacy. Without taking centuries of oppression too seriously.
Using found images from magazines, films, google searches and porn sites, I draw from our current media fabric to mirror American culture and give the viewer a sense of familiarity and a point of reference. By restaging, reformatting, and adding new elements, I re-frame the content in a new narrative that evokes our biases.

All images and text copyright Alexandra Rubinstein