THE GREEK WORD "SYNCHRO"...
Means to bring all things together in balance. I find it to be the most correct word to define the current state of our civilization. Through the inventions in Fine Art and technology we are all part of one human culture. The past, present and multi-cultural influences boldly blend together all around us. For example, in our homes a Chinese bowl may be sitting on an antique English Table in a room with recessed lighting and a television. Even a house designed and furnished in a traditional manner will still have a car in the garage and the residents will wear contemporary clothing.
In Fine Art "Realism" only extremely well educated art lovers can find the many styles and artistic influences used in any one piece. When realism was the only end achievement in art,
THE SYNCHRONISM of a work did not matter.
For most of us only the success of a painting or sculpture is visible.
With the birth and development of Modern Art, SYNCHRONISM, is truly visible.
The inventions of the Modernist Movement incorporate more than non-photorealistic ways to portray reality. Influences from world culture and ancient cultures are boldly part of Modern Art. A good example is the African influenced work of Picasso.
As each modernist created their own distinct style, the basics of lines, texture and use of color were reinvented. The last occurance of great discoveries, in Fine Art, was the great European RENAISSANCE of the 14th century.
WE ARE NOW IN ANOTHER GREAT RENAISSANCE, but this one includes the inventions of the 20th century which grew from artists reacting to technology, "THE CAMERA."
MARC RUBIN boldly draws from "ALL" of the inventions of Realism and Modernism. He has named his style and the time we live in as "THE AGE OF SYNCHRONISM." This means that no two works by any artist need to look identical in style unless they want them to. For Rubin the myriad of artful tools allow him to depict one subject in many ways. A good example of this is his use of Cubism and/or Impressionism when painting flowers.
In 1976 he combined flat outlined color taken from "POP"ular culture (Comic Books) with classic Cubism and named a new style....
Rubin says this and his other style names like Organic Cubism (Renaissance brush work combined with Cubism) were created to give the viewer an understanding of the influences in his work and therefore it's subject and meaning.
Volumes could be written but this essay should give you a firm basis for enjoying and understanding the art of Marc Rubin. Remember what the artist always says:
"READ THE TITLE AND YOU'LL UNDERSTAND MY WORK"
The next page in The Hall Of Art Knowledge will instruct you on How To Hang Art and how to choose the right shapes and sizes........