In her newest sculptures, Nancy Rubins uses discarded children's playground toys, joining a long line of artists—James Rosenquist, Mike Kelley and Jeff Koons, to name a few—who have been inspired by playthings. These particular toys, the artist told Interview magazine recently, were made with aluminum recycled from scrapped WWII-era fighter planes. Horses, ducks, frogs and the like, some complete with springs, are agglomerated into looming behemoths held together with burly metal cable.
Photo © Nancy Rubins. Courtesy the artist and Gagosian Gallery. Photo Erich Koyama.