Rubenovitch Furnishings & Co. is exhibiting some pieces at the Foyer Gallery at the Squamish Library over the holidays.
Toby Jaxon, the curator asked me a handful of questions on my craft and put together a little article on my works and what I been up to.
“A State of Reverie” is co exhibiting alongside Karen Yaremkewich “Woodland Wonder”, who makes forest inspired textiles.
His focus is to share stories, and in his woodcraft, to utilize adverse character woods that have the potential to yield beauty, strength and build resiliency with effort and support — a parallel with human life —…
He works with diverse materials and is passionate about sharing narratives across many disciplines such as filmmaking, writing, photography and building.
Check the full article below:
Artist Lenny Rubenovitch is mellow and patience as he searches for the story. So, where is that story? Look no further than his exhibit, ‘A State of Reverie’, showcasing stressed woods that have been transformed into timeless functional works that bring character and dialogue to spaces. Nature is one of the best teachers and trees provide his medium where many traits (such as burls, birdseye and spalting) are the result of stresses in their environment. Rubenovitch’s aim is to show how challenges have the potential to affect us in a positive way by putting in the time and having the determination to persevere. Conceivable becomes reality in his artful benches, bookends, wall art, and sculptural works broadly inspired by trees, roots/etymology along with personal challenges that he has worked through. “Reverie embodies the meaning to dream and wonder. It comes from the root rave which means to be crazy. We live in a very complicated world and I believe that personal experiences, where I went through a ravenous period in my life, were opportunities to break away from my environment and rebuild. During hard times when I felt lost…well, that was actually what was best for me to get back to my foundation,” Rubenovitch admits.
Over the last few years he has been putting more time into his craft but Rubenovitch is not just a wood artist. His focus is to share stories, and in his woodcraft, to utilize adverse character woods that have the potential to yield beauty, strength and build resiliency with effort and support — a parallel with human life — using his ability to change our perspective on how we see.
He works with diverse materials and is passionate about sharing narratives across many disciplines such as filmmaking, writing, photography and building. He is working on a film ‘The Forest Translators’ which is currently in the Whistler Film Festival Doc Lab talent program including development, immersion and mentorship for documentary filmmakers. His film spreads an analogous story about growth in strength and beauty through adversity.
Several years ago, Rubenovitch enjoyed an international artist residency in India and would like to pursue more of the same, exploring how he can further connect and share with diverse curriculums or communities.
Rubenovitch typically designs larger furniture but this series has nurtured an exploration of working on art shelves and smaller pieces. He is looking forward to pursuing new techniques and taking on diverse commissions.