My interactive installations have evolved from studies in both psychology and engineering. Inspired by the Sputnik "menace" I started college at Carnegie Tech but by my 20's, I had drifted into Social Psychology and received a Masters from the Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison.
I became less enamored of an academic career during the student unrest of the late 1960's and by 1970 I was surprised and seduced by the potential for discovery I found in making art. I have been using art to answer questions ever since.
Since the early 1980's Lubell's installations have been shown in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Florida, China and Europe. “Etiology of Innocence”, “A Theory of Entanglement” and other large scale installations were featured at FACT, Liverpool, UK and v2 in Rotterdam,
NL. in 2009, and “Party of the First Part” in Paris, France in 2012.
Recent awards include a Guggenheim Artists Fellowship in 2011, an Adolph & Esther Gottlieb artists grant in 2009, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant in 2002 and an Award of Distinction for Interactive Art from Ars Electronica in 2007.
Lubell's work includes a stone age digital computer, a rainstorm of chaos and nostalgia, a phone booth-confessional network, a mechanism to measure Intimacy, room sized simulations of the human heart, the brain and breathing, a giant cooperative knitting machine, and a mechanical
computer that allows people to work together furiously to accomplish nothing.
He lives and works in San Francisco, California.