Now On View

"DISASTER SERIES" by Jean Edelstein 

 

 

 

Jean Edelstein seeks the sacred. As she deploys the creative to approach the Divine, her art resonates with spirit. Edelstein's elegant aesthetic is melded with finely honed craftsmanship and expansive inventiveness into abstract icons, inspirational figural studies, innovative performances and compassionate political commentaries.

"The Disaster Series was inspired by black and white photographs accompanying journalistic accounts of world crisis. I was deeply moved by the tragedy and heroism of these anonymous men and women who suffer the ravages of military conflict."

-Jean Edelstein in a interview with Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) of Southern California

 

will be on display in the Spiegel Auditorium

 


 

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Since Syria’s civil conflict broke out in 2011, the Middle East refugee crisis has become one of the world’s largest humanitarian disasters, with over six million internally displaced and more than six million refugees fleeing into neighbouring countries. Since 2013, IsraAID has been deeply involved in the international response across 10 countries; from early relief distributions in Jordan and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, to medical services, psychological first aid and longer-term mental health support to refugees in Greece and Germany. Our teams welcomed literally hundreds of thousands of refugees as they arrived in Western Europe, following precarious journeys. As needs change, IsraAID is increasingly focusing on longer-term programs that deal with stress reduction, resilience building, integration, and community empowerment.

 

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"Stories of Courage and Resilience", gives you a glimpse into how IsraAID responds to emergencies and supports local communities around the world - from crises and disasters, to rehabilitation and recovery. 

 


 

"ROOTS NON-VIOLENCE" by Saskia Keeley

 

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MY MISSION IS TO CREATE POWERFUL VISUALS THAT RAISE AWARENESS AND INSPIRE HOPE.

I believe disparate cultures can be bridged through recognition of our common humanity. Fostering such empathetic connection is especially fulfilling for me when women, children, and people from less visible parts of the globe are brought out of darkness and into light.

 

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Over the past two years photographer, Saskia Bory Keeley partnered with Roots, an initiative led by a Palestinian and Israeli settler committee who works at the heart of the conflict in the West Bank. 

Saskia conducted photo workshops for Orthodox Jewish Israeli and Palestinian women who would otherwise have no contact.  An important part of the program was to develop photographic skills (20 good-quality DSLR cameras were purchased and donated to Roots for this purpose.) Just as essential was the opportunity for women "from the other side" to interact in a daily setting, many for the very first time in their lives. 

The photos that came out of their assignments were striking and often touchingly personal in their portrayal of both loved ones in intimate settings (when they took the cameras home) and perceived enemies in the context of the workshop sessions.  Most importantly, the cameras created a human bridge, breaking down barriers and fostering contact as women took portraits of each other necessitating human connection.

 

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Click here to learn more about Saskia Keeley. 

 

 


 

EARTH RHYTHMS by Betty Green

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

Betty Green is a fine artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago. Green attended Cornell University and UCLA, where she studied painting under Richard Diebenkorn. In addition to painting, Ms. Green has worked as a graphic designer and is the winner of a Primetime Emmy Award for title design, as well as the recipient of an International Clio Award. She has created signature openings for many television and motion picture projects. Her contributions to the arts also include the development of an after school Art Enrichment Program at the Neighborhood Youth Association in Venice, California. She was
awarded The Certificate of Tribute – Accomplishments in the Arts by the City of Los Angeles for her work with these children. Green currently works in her Santa Monica studio where she experiments with a variety of mixed media techniques to create her canvases.

 

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ARTIST STATEMENT

Betty Green’s mixed media series entitled Earth Rhythms presents a series of paintings inspired by the undulating patterns in nature and the pulsing energy connecting all living forms. Using natural and man-made materials, her canvases are layered with heavily textured materials such as sand, cord, wood scraps, steel wool, straw, and wire mesh to create an energetic surface. Color, applied by brush and palette knife, furthers the feeling of vitality. The combined effect creates a visceral liveliness, as shifting patterns play with our inclination to see recognizable objects in abstract shapes. Green’s paintings seek to create excitement and beauty on a tactile and emotional level. Her hope is that viewers will study her artwork and make their own discoveries and connections.

 

Click here to learn more about Betty Green.

 


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"Parsha Posters" by Hillel Smith

Extended by Popular Demand


Begun at Simchat Torah 2015, the Parsha Poster project is a series of posters "advertising" the parshat hashavua (weekly Torah portion). The posters utilize innovative Hebrew typography--each one integrates the Hebrew name of the parsha in Hebrew somehow into the illustration--and a bold, graphic aesthetic to tell Biblical stories in a new way. 



Hillel Smith is an artist and graphic designer focusing on engaging communities with their heritage in innovative ways. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Visual Studies. Finding a lack of inspiring new Jewish art, he attempts to re-imagine the potential of Judaica by utilizing contemporary media like spray paint and digital graphics to create new manifestations of traditional forms. He has painted dynamic Jewish murals in Southern California and Israel with his Hebrew street art venture Illuminated Streets, with more murals on the way. He revitalizes ancient rituals with online projects like his GIF Omer Counter and Parsha Poster series, encouraging creative reconsideration of religious practice. He leads workshops on Jewish art, including Jewish street art, at a growing number of institutions, centering on artistic empowerment, continuity, and manifesting identity through the arts. Seeing Hebrew as the visual glue binding Jews together across time and space, he also teaches Jewish typographic history, using print as a lens for Jewish life and culture. Making fun and engaging content is also the crux of his work as a designer of educational products, viral videos, and marketing materials for organizations large and small, as for clients like Patton Oswalt. See his work at hillelsmith.info

Supported by ASYLUM ARTS.

 

On view in the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (1st Floor)