Short Film: Leo Rabkin’s “nugatory divagations” transforming ordinary materials into something different.

Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi

A couple of days ago Augusta Palmer mailed a new video of hers which she wants to share with the DooBeeDoo readers around the world.

Hey Sohrab,

I just made this short piece inspired by the work of a great 92 year-old artist, Leo Rabkin.
Share it far & wide if you like it. I want to get the word out that Leo (who made the great boxes in the film), has a show at Luise Ross Gallery. I don’t know whether you’ll like it, but the music is by a good friend, Greg Karnilaw

Of course I like this video so let’s enjoy it!

Video text by Augusta Palmer

This short is inspired by the work of Leo Rabkin, an amazing 92 year-old New York artist, who creates what he calls “nugatory divagations” using materials that might be viewed as worthless (nugatory) to create unexpected experiences off the beaten track (divagations). I love the sense of play and the tension between representation and abstraction where Leo’s works seem precariously perched.

Check out a recent piece about Leo’s work in Art Critical: Rhinestones, Goggle Eyes and Flocking: Leo Rabkin’s Visual Poems, by Aimee Brown Price for info about Rabkin’s show, up until June 22nd, 2012 at the Luise Ross Gallery

Thanks to Leo for letting me play with his “toys for grown-ups.” Greg Karnilaw’s fantastic music, Sabina Hahn’s playful animation, Juan Carlos Borrero’s rich cinematography and Chris Arnold’s percussive editing made it a joy to create this piece!

About his show

Leo Rabkin at Luise Ross Gallery

May 10 to June 22, 2012 511 West 25th Street, Suite  307, between 10th and 11th avenues New York City, 212-343-2468