©Meridel Rubenstein, Oppenheimer's Chair
Oppenheimer’s Chair was a commission for the first SITE Santa Fe International Biennial which intentionally opened on the 50th anniversary of the first atomic test at Trinity. This room-size glass house, with sandblasted imagery and a video projection onto a glass chair, is a meditation on nature and the shedding of defensive postures after 50 years of the Cold War. An armored sentry figure, made of transparent film in a standing steel frame, guards the portal. The chair video can be seen through him, transmutating in his solar plexus.
©Meridel Rubenstein, Oppenheimers Chair with Armor
Photography is how I best convert my ideas materially. Everything comes in the eye just like a camera lens and is upside down and backwards. I've always felt my job is to turn things right side up. I do see things like tonalities and sharpness in a very 19th century way. But I have done everything I can to break down that distancing that happens when photographic images are faraway on a wall with a cold gelatin surface instead of enveloping the viewer. So now I just say I’m an artist using photography, not very traditionally.
©Meridel Rubenstein, Poison Nectar
©Meridel Rubenstein, Ghost House Snake's skin
©Meridel Rubenstein, Ghost House with Chain Mail
©Meridel Rubenstein, Oppenheimer's Chair Video and Text