Born in 1981. Lives and works in Tel Aviv.
Custom House, 2013, dust on canvas
Boat House, 2013, dust on canvas
Porch, 2013, dust on canvas
Rubi Bakal developed a very special technique in which he starts by choosing a certain urban site and photographing it from multiple angles. He proceeds to select one of these photographs to be used as the basis for future work. Next, he takes a canvas and glues to it a big white sticker that covers it completely. On that sticker, he sketches the outline of his drawing (based on the photo), marking the different tonalities he plans for the different areas. With a cutting knife, he cuts the sticker off the canvas, uncovering certain areas of the drawing. Bakal leaves the work on site to collect dust. Every week or so he returns to the work and sprays the uncovered areas with a fixative to glue the dust to the canvas. He continues to uncover new areas, repeating the procedure for several months (an average of eight months per work). As a result, the areas of the painting which remain uncovered for longer periods gather more dust, acquiring a darker tonality.