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El Palacio Magazine Article Featuring: “The Arts of Nuclear (Dis)enchantment” by Lois P. Rudnick

In the Spring 2015 El Palacio magazine’s article titled, The Arts of Nuclear (Dis)enchantment by Lois P. Rudnick included Meridel Rubenstein’s multimedia work about Robert Oppenheimer and Los Alamos, Archimedes’ Chamber and the Oppenheimer’s Chair El Palacio Meridel Rubenstein El-Palacio_Ruebnstein1El-Palacio-Web_Ruebnstein2








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4 Sep 2015

THE Magazine: Meridel Rubenstein – Eden Turned On Its Side

by Richard Tobin
original article here:
Meridel Rubenstein: Eden Turned On Its Side

And Cain went out… And dwelt in Nod, the land east of Eden.

David Richard Gallery
544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe

Meridel Rubenstein makes inspired use of Adam and Eve as a visual conceit in Eden Turned on its Side, a large three-part photo installation about “intersections of nature and culture in relation to ecological and social imbalance” (gallery statement). Part two, Eden in Iraq, anchors part one’s earlier tree studies (Photosynthesis), from the 1990s, and the grim, gorgeous imagery of part three, The Volcano Cycle, from 2012. What unifies all three projects in Eden Turned on its Side is the artist’s concern with “ecological processes across time that either reinforce or destroy the notion of Eden” (gallery statement).

The Garden of Eden is a timeless literary theme, the archetypal “locus amoenus,” a lovely place of sensory delight—especially visual—a woodland, pasture, orchard, an enclosed park: Paradise. The actual context for the Eden in Iraq series is the Mesopotamian marshlands of southern Iraq, believed by some scholars to be the biblical site of the Garden of Eden. Eden in Iraq features two photographic prints that draw upon the Eden theme: Adam and Eve in La Cienega, USA and Adam and Eve in S. Iraq Marshes (The Al-Asadi family in the Garden of Eden). In each print, a man and woman stand on opposite sides of a tree in the center, forming three vertical bands against a broad horizontal backdrop—a northern New Mexican orchard in the first print, a marsh in the Iraqi image. Both prints deploy the Adam and Eve motif from European (especially Northern Renaissance) art depicting the biblical pair flanking the Tree of Knowledge (see van Eycks, Dürer). The composite motif of Adam, Eve, and Tree is a visual metonymy for the Genesis account of mankind’s precipitous fall from grace and expulsion from Paradise. In a kind of shorthand of the Eden narrative, this iconic motif was often reduced to just Adam and Eve, as seen, for example, on opposite end panels of triptych altarpieces that, when closed, joined the pair in a diptych.

Meridel Rubenstein, Adam and Eve in La Cienega, USA, pigment print, 327 / 10” x 65”, 2009-2011

Meridel Rubenstein, Adam and Eve in La Cienega, USA, pigment print, 327 / 10” x 65”, 2009-2011

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18 Jun 2015

Eden Turned on its Side: Photosynthesis, Part II at David Richard Gallery until June 21, 2015

Please join me for the second presentation in a multi-part series of exhibits that focuses on intersections of nature and culture in relationship to ecological and social imbalance. The show continues through June 21, 2015. Deepest thanks to all of you who came to the opening!

David Richard Gallery
544 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
(505) 983-9555

"Respiration" Pigment print on Hahnemuehle 100% rag watercolor paper 2009-11 / 34 x 44” / ed.1/5

Pigment print on Hahnemuehle 100% rag watercolor paper
2009-11 / 34 x 44” / ed.1/5

This is the second presentation in a multi-part series of exhibits that focuses on intersections of nature and culture in relationship to ecological and social imbalance.
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3 Jun 2015

Two Remarkable Photographers in Santa Fe and the World ArtBeat – (podcast)

KVSFIn this ArtBeat podcast that aired live on Thursday, May 28th, photographers Gay Block and Meridel Rubenstein talk with Kathryn Davis about their exhibitions at, respectively, the New Mexico Museum of Art and David Richard Gallery.

Click here to listen.

3 Jun 2015

Iraq Update and Conference: Restoring Eden at NTU


Eden in Iraq

An environmental remediation and cultural project such as ours risks setbacks in a country decimated by war.  When our project first began, Iraq appeared to be undergoing a process of restoration after decades of war. Our Eden in Iraq Wastewater Garden Project has had to adjust to the many swings backwards and forwards of a conflict zone.  We are both encouraged by the progress of our project and disheartened. When we take a wide view, this moment is not really more difficult than others we’ve encountered over the past several years.

Six months after our very successful March 2014 visit to the marshes, jihadist forces(ISIS/Daesh) entered Iraq from  Northwest  Syria and now have control of the Northern source of the Euphrates River at the Mosul and Haditha dams.  Turkey’s ongoing building of the Ilisu dam is affecting water shortages of the Tigris as well.  An 8 year drought in the marshes was magnified this summer by months of record high temperatures (51c). The marshes are once again dry. Falling oil prices have drained the State of Iraq’s treasury.   So, there is little the State is doing to help.

The current situation in Southern Iraq, where the population is heavily Shi’ite, remains unthreatened, despite military and political unrest elsewhere.  The local and regional governments are functioning.  But due to lack of water, there is great damage to livestock, wildlife, and foliage. The quality of life is threatened.

Our partner Jassim Al-Asadi, Director of the Nature Iraq office in Al Chibaish, in the midst of the marsh region, is keeping our project alive in the minds of local, regional and state officials.  We prepared a requested Environmental Impact Report and preliminary designs for the Dhi Qar Governate a year ago.  The project has now moved from Regional offices to the Ministry of Water Resources(MoWR).  But with so many water problems, we will no longer wait for MoWR funding but proceed with our own fundraising in the coming months.

During this difficult time, we held a Workshop/Symposium in Singapore March 5-8, 2015.  Our entire team, from 5 different countries could work together.  Meridel and Peer received HASS CLASS funding,  for 2 days we were joined by other professionals to share publicly our project thus far and to learn about water projects initiated by the University in others parts of the world.  Images below from the conference.  You can learn more about the event here: Restoring Eden at NTU


We were able to include the concluding Complexity Conference audience for our keynote speaker and team member Dr. Sander van Der Leeuw’s presentation  “Invention and Innovation-The Long Term”.  Dr. van der Leeuw arranged his lectures for both conferences as a 2 part sequence to be attended by both groups. Then we met privately in a closed working session  for two days to continue our design, engineering and chemical analysis process. We invited Landscape architect  and Columbia University Assistant Professor Julia Watson, to join us.  Watson brought her extensive knowledge – using elemental air and water currents to enliven park spaces.  Our 3 environmental engineers,  Dr. Nelson and Tocchetto joined with Egr Jassim Al-Asadi to spend time working out very difficult hydrology and sewage questions for our site, to be continued as soon as Dr. Tocchetto can get  back into Iraq.

9 Apr 2015

Eden Turned On Its Side Review: The Magazine

MR The review

3 Oct 2014

Eden Turned on Its Side Review: Pasatiempo, The New Mexican


2014Pasatiempo_wSantaFeNM-1 copy2014Pasatiempo_fullres-12014Pasatiempo_fullresEden Turned on Its Side has been featured on the front cover of Pasatiempo, The New Mexican. Special thanks to Michael Abatemarco for his review of the show. The show is still ongoing till 24 August 2014 at the David Richard Gallery:


David Richard Gallery
Railyard Arts District
544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
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15 Aug 2014

Eden In Iraq Update

Boat in Marshes for blog post

Just to keep our Eden in Iraq friends updated, in spite of the conflict in Northern Iraq, our environmental design and restoration project continues

In the three months since our last productive visit to the marshes and the regional Directorate in Nasariyah, jihadist forces have entered Iraq from the Northwest and threaten control of the Northern sources of the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. A new central government is almost in place. Whatever the outcome, Southern Iraq up to this point is holding its own and proceeding with business as usual. Jassim Al Asadi, Director of the Nature Iraq office in the marshes assures us that the Dhi Qar Governate is in the midst of conducting Economic Feasability and Environmental Impact studies that are necessary in order to proceed.
Our team meets regularly on skype and will be ready with a design.

28 Jul 2014

Now Represented by David Richard Gallery in Santa Fe – Reception Friday, Aug. 1, 2014

Fall Seasonal

Eden Turned On Its Side: Selections from Photosynthesis

July 18 – August 24, 2014

Opening Reception: Friday, August 1, 5:00—7:00 PM

David Richard Gallery
Railyard Arts District
544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
p 505-983-9555 | f 505-983-1284


Showcasing selections from my newest work, Eden Turned on its Side, focusing on intersections of nature and culture in relationship to ecological and social imbalance. After millennia of destruction, can Eden be restored?  Exploration of this question in three parts:

Exhibitions of Parts I, II, and III Spring 2015 and 2016
Part I, Photosynthesis, the subject of this small exhibition, includes images of trees and people exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the seasons, in a post-Edenic and threatened relationship. Presented not as a timeline but as a natural cycle of life, death and rebirth, human beings and nature are visualized deeply connected and existing in a true, if threatened, symbiosis.

Part II, The Volcano Cycle, explores volcanoes from Indonesia’s Ring of Fire that evoke earth, climate change and human co-evolution. Here the destructive forces of Nature are observed to be regenerative.

Part III, Eden in Iraq, is set in the marshes of South­ern Iraq, a site said to be very near to the original Gar­den of Eden. Here Meridel is co-designing a wastewater garden/memorial site that aims to transform relics of war and destruction into art.

David Richard Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in Santa Fe, specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric and hard-edge painting, Op Art, Pop Art, Minimalism, Feminism and Conceptualism in a variety of media. Featuring both historic and contemporary artwork, the gallery represents many established artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies that occurred during the 1950s through the 1980s on both the east and west coasts. The gallery also represents artist estates, emerging artists and offers secondary market works.

Gallery Hours: Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 5 PM
For additional information please contact:
David Eichholtz

21 Jul 2014

Back from Iraq!

Mark  Nelson and Meridel Just back from successful trip to S. Iraq. More details to follow. Support forthcoming  from Directorate of Thi Qar province -so project is a GO!

Meridel at Temple of Ianna at Uruk           Meridel at Temple of Ianna at Uruk

Meridel  and Mark Nelson at ziggurat of Ur            Meridel  and Mark Nelson at ziggurat of Ur

21 Apr 2014