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Yona Verwer

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History, Heritage, and the Lower East Side #1, 2015 Digital Print, Acrylic Paints and Augmented Reality on Canvas 72" X 18" © Cynthia Beth Rubin and Yona Verwer
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Tightrope, 2012 Acrylics on Canvas, Steel Rope, LCD Monitors 8' High by 6' by 6'
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Tightrope _ Bialystoker Elul, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas, Steel Cables, LCD Monitors 8' X 6' X 6' © Yona Verwer
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Tightrope, 2012 Acrylics on Canvas, Steel Rope, LCD Monitors 8' High by 6' by 6' © Yona Verwer
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Tightrope, 2012 Mixed Media 8' X 6' X 6'
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Times Square Taxi: God's Medallion, 2012 Acrylic on Canvas 48" X 36" © Yona Verwer
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OC Amulet Blue Print 20" X 16" © Yona Verwer
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Orchard Hamsa Amulet Red Print 20" X 16" © Yona Verwer
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Orchard Fish Amulet Blue Print 20" X 16" © Yona Verwer
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Orchard Fish Amulet Red Print 20" X 16" © Yona Verwer
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Stanton Shul Amulet I, 2009 Print 20" X 16" © Yona Verwer
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Quick Facts
Schools
The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL, M.F.A.
Tags
Jewish, spiritual, tikkun olam, terrorism, war-art-terrorism mixed-media, amulets, Kabbalah, photography
Statement

Dutch-born Yona Verwer’s recent paintings and prints are inspired by kabbalah, heritage, and tikkun olam.

Her series History, Heritage, and the Lower East Side, a collaboration with Cynthia Beth Rubin, features Lower East Side imagery mixed with traditional Jewish zodiac signs and related motifs from of LES synagogues. Using an iPad or smartphone, once you download the app you can trigger videos or photos of the source material embedded in the artwork.

Her "Kabbala of Bling" series commented on the appropriation of Kabbala by pop icons. Her "Temple Talismans" series feature “protection amulets” for synagogues. “City Charms” feature amulet prints for NYC buildings on the terror watch list. Her “Urim & Tumim” paintings are a contemporary search for a direct connection with an ancient source of guidance.

Besides solo shows in the Netherlands and New York, her work has been exhibited in the Y.U. Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Mizel Museum, Denver, CO, the Maryland Museum of African-American History, the Andy Warhol Factory, and the Bronx Museum, NY.

Her work has been featured in the NY Times, the New Yorker, the Daily News, Zeek, the Jewish Press, and the NY Jewish Week.

Her mural work includes a large-scale installation at the S.A.R. High School in Riverdale, NY and at the Center for Jewish Discovery in NYC.

Curatorial endeavors include All Together Different, Manny Cantor Center, NYC, JOMIX - Jewish Comics; Art & Derivation, UJA Federation of NY, Lashon Hara: On The Consequences of Hate Speech, Anne Frank Center USA, The Jewish Waltz with Planet Earthat Governor's Island,  "Silent Witnesses: Migration stories through Synagogues Transformed, Rebuilt, or Left Behind", Holocaust Memorial Center, Detroit, MI. Terror: American & Israeli Artists Respond, Industry City Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. Jewish Art Salon’s "9-11", Educational Alliance, New York, NY. "Shma!," Online art exhibit by Jewish high school student. "Generation D: Identity", Flomenhaft Gallery, New York, NY. "Dura Europos Project", Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, Philadelphia, PA. "Seduced by the Sacred", Charter Oak Cultural Center, Hartford, CT

The Royal Academy of Art in The Hague is where she received a Masters in Fine Arts.

She is the co-founder and president of the Jewish Art Salon in NYC. Her website is yonaverwer.com

Other info at http://yonaverwer.brandyourself.com/

 

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