Opening Thursday, June 18 on the Art Shelter, Jerusalem at 20:00
Yehuda HaMaccabi St 7, in Makor Baruch. In the shelter, under the park.
Israel is unfortunately blessed with a large number of public bomb shelters. Rather than letting them go wasted, municipalities rent them out for pennies, for a large variety of cultural activities.
The Art Shelter is one of these unconventional settings.
Founded about 30 years ago, by a pair of well recognized artists, the Shelter’s mission was to bring the language of art to the conservative and art deprived Ultra Orthodox community, while respecting their religious sensitivities. In recent years, the Shelter has achieved an additional status: It has become a meeting place for many mid career and advanced Jerusalem artists, where they can intimately display their works, sketches and work processes, with other members of the local art community.
I find its shows and artist talks to be remarkably refreshing. Without the pomposity, affection and solipsism so prevalent in the art world.
Chapeau! to the wonderful curators Pnina Frank and Noa Cohn.
My work will be shown with larger oils by Yisrael Feldman, I will primarily be showing smaller works in gouache, mainly selections from my “I Saw a Cypress” series.
Both of us seem to have a deep attraction to geology and geography. Both selections share a strong spiritual element. I shall share more after the opening!