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36/BLUE

 

SEPTEMBER  13 – 26, 2018

Reception September 16, 2 – 4 p.m.

@ The Cultural Center, South Yarmouth , MA 02664

36/BLUE

is an exhibition featuring 36, 8”x 10” Assemblages incorporating my biblical, historical, personal, religious, cultural and ethnic experiences as a Jew. Within these pieces are childhood drawings and writing, watercolor, pastel, charcoal, pencil, paint, ink, monotype and photography along with re-purposed images and found objects. What may appear to be ancient Hebrew writing is actually random text from old newspapers, used both as a design element meant to evoke sacred writing but adding a deliberate Dadaist element to the work. It is a kind of visual diary/biography expressing what it is like for me to be a Jew in the late 20th and early 21st century. These pieces have taken over five years to assemble, edit and reassemble until they came together as a cohesive whole.

Why 36?

In Talmudic thought, the number 36 is represented by the Hebrew letters lamed (30) and vav (6). It is believed that in every generation there are 36 righteous whose role in life is to justify the purpose of humankind in the eyes of God. Tradition holds that they remain unaware of each other and even if they ever came to a realization of their true purpose, they would never admit it. This is unlikely as they are believed to be scattered throughout the Diaspora. They are therefore known in Hebrew as the Lamed Vav Tzadikim (36 righteous ones) or in Yiddish, Lamedvavniks. The number 36 is also important in Judaic tradition because it is “twice chai” (or twice 18). The Hebrew letters for 18 also happen to spell the word for life and so are considered lucky.

Why Blue?

The Torah commands that we include a techelef (blue) fringe among the fringes of the tzitzit (prayer shawl). There is some belief that the true color will not reemerge until the coming of the Messiah, but others believe they have found the shellfish responsible for creating the dye. A blue thread of some kind has been incorporated into each piece.

In creating the parameters for this project, I tried to encapsulate everything and everyone that connects me to my family history both ancient and modern. Whether it is my genetic ancestry or family losses in the pogroms in the Ukraine and the Holocaust, the history of the Jewish people and my own Jewish ancestors are inexorably united. Like the layers of an onion, each assemblage is an attempt to examine a piece of the puzzle that is me. I hope you find this work as meaningful to view as it has been for me to create it. Thank you for visiting my show.

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Blue Box Series #1 Oil Painting now on view @ Barnstable Airport

Box Series 1

Box Series I Oil on Canvas 18″ x 36″

This painting replaces “Losing Light” in the ongoing display of educator artwork at Barnstable Airport to support our Cape Cod Art Educator Association student scholarship fund. This is a juried exhibition. All work in the exhibition is for sale with at least 30% going to the fund.

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“Losing Light” on Exhibit

Losing Light, a sunset painting, will be on exhibit (unless it sells with 30% going to the CC&IAEA Scholarship Fund) for the next six months at the Barnstable Municipal Airport in Hyannis, MA. The oil on canvas is 12″ x 16″.

Losing Light

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Summer of Art Making

This summer along with completing more post-Graduate work I was able to paint, continue work on my Assemblage 36 Series, and spend an amazing week at an “Artists Who Teach” residency @ Lesley University making montotype prints. These are some examples.  The Monotype with Chine Colle’ above now resides  in the “Permanent Collection” of Lesley University.

FireworksMono

 

Cherry Blossom III

I was also able to complete a large 3′ x 4′ painting that I have been working on since making the 5″ x7″pochade some years ago. The image is of a storm exiting Cape Cod Bay just as the sun rises.

Sunrise Storm over the Bay

 

 

 

 

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Painting @ Barnstable Municipal Airport

The painting “Summer Storm Cloud: Herring Cove,” an Oil on Canvas, 30″ x 40″ will be on display for the next six months in the waiting area @ the Barnstable Municipal Airport. 30% of the sale price will go towards a student scholarship through the Cape Cod & Islands Art Educators Association.

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Works on Exhibit

Various new and older pieces are currently on exhibit across the cape. Two works at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis through March, another at the Hyannis Municipal Airport, and a third at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod in Yarmouth.

Cape Cod Museum of Art

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Three NEW Paintings

Herring Cove: Path to the Atlantic Oil on Canvas 18

Herring Cove: Path to the Atlantic
Oil on Canvas 18″ x 36″

Herring Cove: Autumn Oil on Canvas 18

Herring Cove: Autumn
Oil on Canvas 18″ x 36″

Box Series: Monolith Oil on Canvas 18

Box Series: Monolith
Oil on Canvas 18″ x 36″