What happens when we over-aestheticize our scientific pursuits? What happens when we overanalyze our artistic creations? For several years, Keith Garubba has been exploring these questions through his artistic process. He believes art can be an investigation, much like a form of research. In his body of work titled “Dr. Armbruster Laboratories”, Garubba specifically studied “drips”; mostly the painted, marbled, or molten glass varieties, through the voice of his fictitious character Dr. Armbruster. The resultant products of his studies display moments of his investigation: framing and highlighting key drip forms, reproducing and overprinting fragments. Printmaking, in these artworks, is used to break down the drip as a subject. The artwork is intended to be an abstract critique of the relationship between Art and Science, while celebrating the ornamented spectacles and exhilarating spirit that can thrive at this intersection.
Garubba is an artist and educator living and working in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. Creating in print media, multimedia installations, and interactive artworks, Garubba takes a multi-faceted approach to investigating questions regarding beliefs and myths in science and art. He is currently a member of the faculty at the Baum School of Art where he teaches a variety of classes to the full range of ages, including comic art to high school students, outreach programming in Allentown School District, and college-level courses for Lehigh Carbon Community College. Garubba also works as a printer at the fine art print publisher Durham Press. Garubba graduated from Keystone College in LaPlume Pennsylvania as the Outstanding Graduate in 2010. In 2014, he earned his Masters in Fine Arts from The Ohio State University. In 2016, Garubba was awarded the Arts Ovation Award as Emerging Artist of the Year by the Allentown Arts Commission. He exhibits his artwork regularly throughout Pennsylvania and the US, holds leadership roles in regional arts organizations, and visits higher education institutions across the country as a visiting artist offering talks and workshops. Garubba's notable exhibitions include: Understanding Drips: A Dr. Armbruster Adventure in Research at BoxHeart Gallery in Pittsburgh PA, Under the Blankets – Printmakers Together at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh PA, Urbanic 2: Catalyzing a Regional Economic Renaissance at the Pittsburgh International Airport in Pittsburgh PA, and Marylou Hillyer 25th International Juried Exhibition, Juried by Joan Young, at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey in Summit NJ.