|NOSTALGIA, SCRAP METAL, SEEDS,
ROMANCE SUM UP THE HUMAN CONDITION
12 local Jewish artists unite for dazzling Uptown
exhibition on may 02. 2010
Twelve of Texas’ most acclaimed painters, sculptors, photographers, glass makers,
and metal artists will exhibit their works Sunday, May 2, at the first MOTA Show in the
gallery of The Intown Chabad, 2723 Routh St..
|Ellen Frances Tuchman
Art ranges from shimmering kinetic sculptures to glass mosaics, highly textured
paintings, photography, works in clay, and intriguing assemblages.
The MOTA Show will be open for only one day, for only six hours—making it
a rare glimpse into this contemporary collection.
From unexpected to sublime
Viewer responses to the art will run the gamut from dark reminders of film noir
images to whimsical smiles upon finding plastic carnival prizes embedded
unexpectedly in large assemblages.
The dozen Jewish artists in the MOTA Show include Brad Abrams, Stewart Cohen,
Lisa Ehrich, Celia Feld, Etty Horowitz, Bonny Leibowitz, Kenney Mencher, Jamie Pink,
Morton Rachofsky, George Tobolowsky, Ellen Frances Tuchman, and Dahlia Woods.
Here’s more about each artist’s featured works.
Brad Abrams—Glass artist Brad Abrams—who grew up in Allentown, Pa., and
migrated to Dallas after formal training at California College of the Arts—
delivers abstract expressionism in a series called Pathetiglyphs. Sculpture in
glass is the essence of this collection. Images in Abrams’ work range from
poking fun at society’s sacred cows to pondering the conflicts of morality
and the sometimes mundane nature of the human experience. Vibrant
color created when natural light shines through the glass allows the viewer
to discover changing images at different times of the day. A hint: Notice
the toys that Abrams uses symbolically throughout the series to suggest
human emotions and experiences.
Stewart Cohen—International photographer Stewart Cohen—who has traveled all
seven continents and 40 countries to capture visual storytelling-- will exhibit images
from his Identity Project. Ranging from images of notable people to those of street
drifters, Cohen’s photos are accompanied by narratives about their lives written
by the subjects themselves. “What the viewer will realize is that the lives of the
famous and the unknown are not all that different. I want the viewer to feel what
I see,” Cohen said. His Identity Project photos are a collective statement on the
Lisa Ehrich—Ceramicist Lisa Ehrich evokes the organic sensibility of nature in her
clay pieces. To complete the line images that clay cannot accomplish, Erich
embeds metal at intentional and accidental angles to express sensuality,
volume, and human touch to a natural object. Viewers are sure to discover
symbols of fragility, healing and regeneration.
Celia Feld—Whether in printmaking or painting, Celia Feld’s work is about
exploring relationships. She compares her concepts to “what happens in jazz”
—with themes and variations, repetitive devices, tensions and releases, rifts,
harmony, and dissonance. “Like jazz, there are many twists and turns along
the way,” Feld explained. Serendipity is the hallmark of her abstract works—
collagraphs, monotypes and solarplate etchings
Etty Horowitz—Originally from Israel, Etty Horowitz studied art at Texas Christian
University and is now based in Dallas. Her shimmering kinetic sculptures expose
three-dimensional images made of aluminum, wire and other glistening materials.
Passing through all of her pieces is the theme of conflicts of existence.
“I juxtapose the organic and the technological, darkness and light,’ she
explained. Her 11-foot stainless steel sculpture called “Witness” in homage
to the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust—was recently installed on the
grounds of Shearith Israel Synagogue in Dallas.
Bonny Leibowitz—Be prepared for an invitingly tactile experience when viewing
Bonny Leibowitz’s “Choices” collection. Defined conceptually by moments in life
that bring about change and create new realities, her encaustic (wax
application to canvas) paintings feature organic seeds throughout the
composition. Visually, each seed represents myriad choices and how they
interact to create life’s patterns, tones and textures.
Kenney Mencher—“A whiff of Edward Hopper, a blast of Mickey Spillane and a
dash of David Lynch” is how one art patron describes Mencher’s film noir-inspired
paintings. His subjects are the foggy streets and backroom action reminiscent
of such movies as The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep. Each painting tells a
story of shady dealings and high-stakes rackets, the details of which are left
to the viewer’s imagination. Mencher is currently an associate professor of art
and art history at Ohlone College in Fremont, Calif.
Jamie Pink—Glittering abstract images of glass mosaic, pierced by light and
color, are the hallmark of Jamie Pink’s work. Her pieces are mosaics and
paintings combined—each incorporating fabric, decorative paper, glitter,
jewelry, color, and endless other objects of whimsy and interest. Each piece
of art is begun with a prepared surface. Then multiple layers and varying
levels of mosaic glass and artifacts expand the artistic intrigue.
Morton Rachofsky—Already exhibited in corporate and private art collections
across the nation, Rachofsky’s contemporary stainless steel and wood sculptures
have brought the Dallas native acclaim as an emerging American sculptor.
His work is influenced by fine art sculptor James Surls, Mexican-American
master Octavio Medellin and Spanish sculptor Miguel Berrocal. Mathematics,
analytical ability, puzzles, and a strong interest in architecture also play a
large role in distinguishing Rachofsky’s work. With business degrees from Texas
A&M University and Wharton, the artist is equally well known for his career
in commercial real estate. He also holds patents for the 25-hour clock, the
binary abacus and a three-dimensional puzzle.
George Tobolowsky—Finding his raw materials in Dallas’ best scrap heaps,
businessman/attorney George Tobolowsky channels his solid understanding
of metallurgy into whimsical, abstract steel assemblages. He made his debut
as a sculptor in 2006, immediately garnering praise from such notable arts experts
as the late Dr. Ted Pillsbury, former director of Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum.
Sculptor James Surls—as well as works by Louise Nevelson and David Smith—
have inspired Tobolowsky, whose sculptures now populate both public and
private collections. The MOTA Show will feature works created since 2008—all
of them striking transformations of discarded machine parts, industrial fabrication
discards and miscellaneous hunks of salvaged steel. Each sculpture—whether for
tabletop display or monumental outdoor works—is inspired by Tobolowsky’s life
and work experience. His collection speaks of the joys, frustrations, humorous
moments, conflicts, and triumphs that populate the shared human experience
at the beginning of the 21st century.
Ellen Frances Tuchman—Flights of imagination and fun captivate viewers of
this collection inspired by childhood memories of circus costumes, Disney rides
and the general exuberance of spectacular color. Tuchman’s counterpoints
of paint and beads, digital imagery, and hand-sewn embellishments fill her
palettes of nostalgia and portals to the romantic past.
Dahlia Woods—MOTA Show curator Dahlia Woods paints scenes from Texas and
around the world that now hang in the office of Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, the
Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, and many private collections. Long
active on the Dallas arts scene, Woods presents the works of nine Texas artists
in her Cantegral Street gallery.
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Dallas. TX 75201
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