“T’Ain’t Nobody’s Business if I Do” @ Zygote Press Gallery, Cleveland (OH). USA.
May 6 – 24, 2016
Zygote Press is pleased to present the first solo Cleveland exhibition by Albanian born Italian artist Anila Rubiku.
This solo show is divided into three parts.
The first is the artist’s latest work whose working title is: “The consequences of Love” in which the metaphor of the chain is deployed for ‘loving’ relationships. Chains figure prominently in all cultures: in their myths – think of Prometheus – in their ubiquitous use: for hauling, lifting, protecting and incarcerating – think of the chain gang. But nowhere is the notion of the chain more powerful than in the depiction of love and loss found in the American blues songbook which has influenced almost all American musical forms.
Rubiku has married the wonderful poetry of these lyrics to her chain work. “Unchain my heart” is probably the best manifestation of this marriage but, as the viewer will see, many other songs fit perfectly the many connotations of the chain with the pain and pleasure of love.
She has also created 4 sculptures on the chain theme. These chains appear heavy but actually weigh less that a tenth of an ounce. Hence the title, again taken and transformed, from an American Classic song: “He ain’t heavy, he’s my lover”.
The artist presents some of her first ever monotypes. These are stone masks discovered in the Judean desert and originating nine thousand years ago. The title of this part of the exhibition is taken from Jim Morrison of the Doors: “This is the end……my friends”
1410, East 30th Street, Cleveland, OH 44114, (USA)