Meet the artists at a Free reception on Sunday, October 25th from 3-5PM
Today there is the belief that the center of gravity of Jewish American art has shifted from New York to Los Angeles. This exhibition, first shown at Hebrew Union College in New York City, lends credibility to that belief. The L.A. Story investigates the impact of place and the search for artistic community on the creativity of artists who share a religious, cultural and spiritual heritage. The Platt and Borstein Galleries are proud to be the West Coast venue for this traveling exhibition.
Bill Aron’s photographs capture the zest for life and celebration of each moment by individuals who are Holocaust survivors. In his oil portraits, Eugene Yelchin confronts anti-Semitism directed against Russian Jews. In Harbor and Plight, Ruth Weisberg captures the anxiety of shipboard refugees in oil on canvas. Tony Berlant uses metal collage to create unique sculpture and two dimensional work. Bonita Helmer, a student of Kabbalah, studies the skies to approach spirituality in her art. Victor Raphael looks beyond the night sky into distant galaxies by means of manipulated computer images overlaid with fused metals. Elena Mary Siff questions reality and discards it in favor of the fantasy of movie memories. Sam Erenberg’s photo portraits memorialize the work of French writer Roland Barthes. Joyce Dallal’s work is concerned with peace in the Middle East. Pat Berger carries us back to Biblical times in a large narrative painting which connects archetypical women to contemporary Judaism.