Discovery and Transition
In 1978 Rubello was awarded a Ford Foundation Grant to study perspective of the Italian Masters. Upon returning from Italy Rubello began a series of canvas paintings concerned with the issues of perspective. In one painting he explains: I broke up the atmospheric space and initiated a pure sky- blue rectangle at the top right corner of the canvas. The blue cut gave the illusion of three dimension. This particular painting “Blue Cut” was a major turning point.
By 1980 Rubello had evolved from two-dimensional painting on canvas to three-dimensional painting: wood relief paintings. The new works are constructed in wood to explore actual space relationships. Viewing these relief paintings is engaging as there are numerous angles at which the work can be viewed giving the viewer a refreshed sense to the color and form relationships.
The one consistent element present in all periods of Rubello’s work is the experimental process.. With an active inventive mind, experimentation in the studio allows the process to evolve until Rubello creates the form which would produce the desired effect. He came upon and discovered what has become an “essential” element in his works during the experimental process--that of "reflected color": the glow of a concealed color against a white surface.