Patrick Rubinstein

Whoever is born into a family of artists and inventive minds in the 60’s, and spends his childhood in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, becomes an artist in his turn ! This is the case of Patrick Rubinstein; all the ingredients are gathered for the blossoming of an innovative spirit.
Inspired by the great masters of optical and kinetic art such as Vazarely, Yacov Agam, Soto, or Cruz Diez, he establishes a first manual contact with his art and makes optical and kinetic works by cutting out photos of members of the same family and pasting them in accordion format. He then reveals the similarities of family traits by inducing the movement of the eye and the body to one side or the other of the composition. This work on the fusion of faces allowed him to sell his first works. It is the end of the 70s.
Optical art places the eye of the spectator as the engine of the work. His artistic movements play on the flaws of our visual perception, using geometric forms that immediately awaken a physical sensation. It is as if we are caught up in the visual.
The kinetic art plays on the movement, produced either by the external elements (light, wind…), or by the displacement of the spectator.
If until now the optical and kinetic arts have only been interested in geometric forms, with this personal work on photographs, Patrick Rubinstein invents a new trend which assimilates faces, then later objects and words, to the known principles of movement and form