Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:45pm

Artist Joel Rosenberg will give a talk at his exhibit at BEKI

Sponsored by: Congregation Beth El – Keser Israel (BEKI)

Joel Silverstein, The Hebrew Bible: Real and Imagined will be exhibited at Beth El – Keser Israel from June 10 to August 18, with an artist’s talk on June 23 at 12:45 pm. Sabbath rules will be observed. BEKI is located at 85 Harrison St. at Whalley Ave. in New Haven.

In luscious paintings dripping with color and rich textures, Silverstein explores the complexities of American Jewish identity through the lens of his observations, blended with Biblical stories and popular culture.

The elusive term “Jewish Art” is being redefined by artists like Silverstein to be a part of the contemporary art dialogue. As one of the Founders and an ongoing Executive Board member of the Jewish Art Salon, an organization of over 300 Jewish arts professionals worldwide, Silverstein is actively encouraging Jewish artists to explore what it means to be a Jew and an artist in the 21st Century.

Silverstein’s own inspiration comes from 19th and 20th Century European expressionist painters, pulp magazine illustrators, mid-century movie epics, National Geographic photos and superhero comic books. His goal is to find a contemporary language that can describe the sacred and the narratives of the Hebrew Bible, merging traditional Talmudic interpretation with postmodern takes on painting, movies, comics and picture theory. It is through this hybridized language that Silverstein feels a modern audience can identify with the Hebrew Bible as a living entity and a contemporary experience, not merely a traditional religious or philosophical body of thought.

References to Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 film The Ten Commandments are a recurring motif in the artist’s work. The artist employs the film’s technicolored images as a visual primer for paintings infused with Jewish cultural experience. Silverstein’s goal is to use both high and low extremes: master painting and comic books, the Talmud and science fiction, personal phenomenology and the study of the Torah, to create a wild experiential ride for the audience.

Admission: Free
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