A black and white photograph of an older, bearded man with a large machine to peel apples. The man, wearing a straw hat, looks down at his hands as he works peeling the apple, whose skin hangs down in one long ribbon.
This work consists of seven photographic prints on semi-transparent fabric, gradually increasing in length, that hang from the sloping ceiling of a stairway in the Frankel Wing. Each panel of fabric has a different image including, craggy rocks, tree branches against the sky, sunlight reflecting on water and marshland, flames of fire and cloud like formations. Four are black and white images and the three others are color prints.
These seven banners were created for the new Frankel wing of the museum and installed in the stairway between the second and third floors. Ruben's experimental approach to photography, with printing on semi-transparent fabric and sharp cropping of the images, creates a complex layered work in which multiple views reveal themselves as the viewer moves down the stairs. Though the subject of these scenes is naturalistic - rocks, water, fire, vegetation- there is an abstract quality to these forms.