Jon Rubin (US)

Video Stills from “Wonderful, more wonderful”


“wonderful, more wonderful,” 2004-2009, digital video


Jon Rubin is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the idiosyncrasies of individual and group behavior. His solo and collaborative projects include creating a game show for ideas, opening a fake store in an indoor shopping mall, starting a restaurant that secretly runs via take-out from its double across the street, broadcasting an office's telephone conversations through a talking piano, running a neighborhood truck that gives away free homemade goods and services, operating a radio station that only plays the sound of an extinct bird, developing a hypnotized human robot army, producing a cable access variety show at a senior center, and developing a free nomadic art school. He has exhibited video, drawings, installations and public projects internationally including at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico; The Rooseum, Sweden; Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, Germany; Nemo Film Festival, Paris; as well as in backyards, living rooms, and street corners.


Jon Rubin’s work for Deadpan IV is a reaction to work by Heidi Hove Pedersen (DK) from Deadpan III