International Footwear Artist Kobi Levi Offers Artists And Students A Unique Workshop At Levis JCC In Boca

Renowned Israeli shoe designer, Kobi Levi will make his U.S. debut exhibit at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton.  Kobi Levi offers artists, fashion students, designers, fashion marketers, and shoe lovers a unique opportunity to develop their own shoe design. The Levis JCC’s Sandler Center and Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery will host Artists’ Workshop: From Concept to Execution, open to both beginners and professionals.  The Rickie Report shares the details on the exceptional workshop experiences.  The Public is invited to see the exhibition!

 

 

 

 

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 21050 95th Ave South   Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

 

 

 

Levis JCC in Boca Raton’s
Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery
at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center
Presents:

 

 

 

Artists’ Workshop
From Concept to Execution
 

Led by
  Kobi Levi

 

 

 

 

 

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Kobi Levi Surrounded By His Wearable Art (Photo Used By Permission Kobi Levi)

 

 

 

We are very excited to be hosting cutting-edge Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi at the Levis JCC’s Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Jan. 8 – 13, 2017 for his U.S. debut. Kobi Levi’s wearable art is revered for its whimsical nature and custom craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee, as well as fantasy and glamour, into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga, Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie have been seen wearing his limited edition designs.

 

 

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(Photo Used By Permission, Kobi Levi, Fergie)

 

 

Kobi Levi has a true passion for sharing his vision, which blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, with students and artists. We are delighted to invite artists, fashion students and faculty, designers, fashion marketers, and shoe lovers to attend his Artists’ Workshop (From Concept to Execution). This intimate workshop will offer a truly unique opportunity to create a shoe concept and then receive feedback and a critique from Kobi Levi. Students can bring iPads and create a digital design or they can sketch their design on paper. This unusual hands-on educational experience will provide participants the rare opportunity to work with a brilliant, creative shoe designer and artist.

 

 

 

Artists’ Workshop Details:

Monday, Jan. 10    7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center,
21050 95th Ave South, Boca Raton (off Glades Rd. between Lyons and 441)
Cost: $25 per faculty or professional artist; $10 per student with student ID
To register: Call Sue Harrington, Gallery Director, at 561-558-2504

 

 

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(“Gum Heels” by Kobi Levi, Photo used By Permission, Kobi Levi, Fergie)

 

 

 

Kobi Levi’s “wearable art” shoe designs are revered for their whimsical nature and masterful craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee as well as fantasy and glamor – think Disney characters and mother/daughter duos – into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga (Double Boots), Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie (Chewing Gum) have been seen wearing his designs. The Kobi Levi “pop up boutique” at the Rosen Museum Gallery in Boca Raton will feature 30 unique pairs of hand-made, custom shoes.

 

 

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“Chameleon” by Kobi Levi

 

 

“My inspiration for a new design originates from a simple concept or image and then the shoe becomes my canvas,” Kobi Levi explains. “My work blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, as I relate to aspects from all three fields. I am thrilled to bring my visually humoristic footwear to the U.S. and excited to be launching two brand new designs at the Levis JCC!”

 

 

 

 

The FootWear Art exhibit is graciously underwritten by Judi and Allan Schuman. Additional support is provided by Arleen Roberts, Bloomingdales and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Boca Raton Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of Kobi Levi’s FootWear Art exhibition and its associated events.

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Kobi Levi’s “Chinese Dragon” Crafting Behind the Scenes

 

 

Related Event: The Art of Crafting the Shoe
 Monday, January 9, 2017    2:00 to 3:30 pm

Location: Beifield Auditorium, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC,
21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428
Details: Kobi Levi will focus on the challenges of transforming his inspirations into wearable art in this Art Talk. 
Cost: $12 for Artists’ Workshop participants
Open to the community
To register, call 561-558-2504

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“Miao” by Kobi Levi

 

About Kobi Levi:

Design and shoes have been Kobi Levi’s passion since his childhood in Tel Aviv, Israel. After his graduation in 2001 from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem, Kobi Levi worked as a freelance footwear designer. During this time, he learned the trade secrets of shoe development and craftsmanship, while spending his leisure time designing unique, creative and innovative shoe styles, which challenge the standard definitions of design, art and fashion to create a niche of their own. It was in 2010 when Kobi’s creations began to receive attention from around the world, including a spot in Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” music video. The demand for Kobi Levi’s wearable art exploded and in July 2011 Kobi opened his studio in Tel Aviv, offering his original designs for sale. In the studio he creates, develops and produces limited editions from his designs. All pairs are made by hand from high-quality materials.

Learn more at: http://kobilevidesign.com

 

 

 

 

About the Levis JCC Sandler Center:

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences.

Learn more at:http://levisjcc.org/culture/

 

 

 

 

About the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC:

The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. With a preschool, summer camp, family activities, athletics, cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming, as well as a thrift shop for bargain hunters, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone.

Learn more at  www.levisjcc.org

 

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com     561-537-0291

International Footwear Artist Kobi Levi Offers Artists and Students Unique Workshop Opportunity At Boca Raton’s Levis JCC

The Boca Levis JCC is hosting cutting-edge Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi at the Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Jan. 8 – 13, 2017 for his U.S. debut. Kobi Levi’s wearable art is revered for its whimsical nature and custom craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects (bananas, birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee, as well as fantasy and glamour), into the shape of shoes.  The public is invited to an Art Talk with Levi on January 9th.  Kobi Levi has a true passion for sharing his vision, which blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, with students and artists. Artists, fashion students and faculty, designers, fashion marketers, and shoe lovers are invited to attend his Artists’ Workshop (“From Concept to Execution”) on Tuesday, January 10th.  This is a SMALL workshop, so we suggest you RSVP now!  The Rickie Report shares the details and images.  In addition, the Kobi Levi “pop up boutique” at the Rosen Museum Gallery will feature 30 unique pairs of hand-made, custom shoes.

 

 

 

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21050 95th Ave South   Boca Raton, FL 33428
Levis JCC in Boca Raton’s
Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery
at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center

 

 

Presents:

Footwear Art  by KOBI LEVI

Artists’ Workshop
From Concept to Execution
Led by
Kobi Levi

 

 

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Kobi Levi surrounded by his FootWear Art designs

 

“We are very excited to be hosting cutting-edge Israeli shoe designer Kobi Levi at the Levis JCC’s Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery Jan. 8 – 13, 2017 for his U.S. debut. Kobi Levi’s wearable art is revered for its whimsical nature and custom craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee, as well as fantasy and glamour, into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga, Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie have been seen wearing his limited edition designs”, shares Sue Harrington, Gallery Director.

 

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“Miao” by Kobi Levi

 

Kobi Levi has a true passion for sharing his vision, which blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, with students and artists. We are delighted to invite artists, fashion students and faculty, designers, fashion marketers, and shoe lovers to attend his Artists’ Workshop (From Concept to Execution). This intimate workshop will offer a truly unique opportunity to create a shoe concept and then receive feedback and a critique from Kobi Levi. Students can bring iPads and create a digital design or they can sketch their design on paper. This unusual hands-on educational experience will provide participants the rare opportunity to work with a brilliant, creative shoe designer and artist.

 

 

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“Chewing Gum” by Kobi Levi 

 

Related Event: The Art of Crafting the Shoe
 Monday, January 9, 2017    2:00 to 3:30 pm

 

Location: Beifield Auditorium, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC,
 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428
Details: Kobi Levi will focus on the challenges of transforming his inspirations into wearable art in this Art Talk.
Cost: $12 for Artists’ Workshop participants
Open to the community
To register, call 561-558-2504

 

 

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 “Chameleon” by Kobi Levi

 

 

Artists’ Workshop Details:

 

Tuesday, Jan. 10 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Where: Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center,
21050 95th Ave South, Boca Raton (off Glades Rd. between Lyons and 441)

 

Cost: $25 per faculty or professional artist; $10 per student with student ID
To register: Call Sue Harrington, Gallery Director, at 561-558-2504

 

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“Flamingo” by Kobi Levi

 

 

Kobi Levi’s “wearable art” shoe designs are revered for their whimsical nature and masterful craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee as well as fantasy and glamor – think Disney characters and mother/daughter duos – into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga (Double Boots), Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie (Chewing Gum) have been seen wearing his designs. The Kobi Levi “pop up boutique” at the Rosen Museum Gallery in Boca Raton will feature 30 unique pairs of hand-made, custom shoes.

 

 

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Banana peels inspire a shoe design by Kobi Levi

 

“My inspiration for a new design originates from a simple concept or image and then the shoe becomes my canvas,” Kobi Levi explains. “My work blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, as I relate to aspects from all three fields. I am thrilled to bring my visually humoristic footwear to the U.S. and excited to be launching two brand new designs at the Levis JCC!”

 

 

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Behind the Scenes: Working on pattern for Chinese Dragon Shoe

 

The FootWear Art exhibit is graciously underwritten by Judi and Allan Schuman. Additional support is provided by Arleen Roberts, Bloomingdales and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Boca Raton Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of Kobi Levi’s FootWear Art exhibition and its associated events.

 

 

About Kobi Levi:

 Design and shoes have been Kobi Levi’s passion since his childhood in Tel Aviv, Israel. After his graduation in 2001 from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem, Kobi Levi worked as a freelance footwear designer. During this time, he learned the trade secrets of shoe development and craftsmanship, while spending his leisure time designing unique, creative and innovative shoe styles, which challenge the standard definitions of design, art and fashion to create a niche of their own. It was in 2010 when Kobi’s creations began to receive attention from around the world, including a spot in Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” music video. The demand for Kobi Levi’s wearable art exploded and in July 2011 Kobi opened his studio in Tel Aviv, offering his original designs for sale. In the studio he creates, develops and produces limited editions from his designs. All pairs are made by hand from high-quality materials.

Learn more at: http://kobilevidesign.com

 

About the Levis JCC Sandler Center:

The Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center at the Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center provides a welcoming environment and a sense of community for active adults of all ages to pursue high quality and enriching educational, cultural, social and recreational experiences.

Learn more at:http://levisjcc.org/culture/

 

 

About the Adolph & Rose Levis JCC:

The Levis JCC welcomes individuals of all ages, races, and religious affiliations living in South Florida. With a preschool, summer camp, family activities, athletics, cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming, as well as a thrift shop for bargain hunters, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone.

Learn more at  www.levisjcc.org

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

17019 SW Sapri Way

Port St. Lucie, FL 34986

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

International Footwear Artist Kobi Levi Makes U.S. Debut At Levis JCC In Boca Raton, Brings Wearable Art To A New Level

Renowned Israeli shoe designer, Kobi Levi will make his U.S. debut with a “Footwear Art” exhibit at the Levis JCC in Boca Raton.  The Levis JCC’s Sandler Center and Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery will host three events Open to Community, as Boca Raton makes big waves in fashion this season!  The Rickie Report shares the details so you can mark your calendars!  We share some sneak peeks, for those who have not yet seen these wearable art whimsical masterpieces.  

 

 

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 21050 95th Ave South   Boca Raton, FL 33428

Levis JCC in Boca Raton’s

Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery

at the Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center

Presents:

FootWear   Art

  by

  Kobi   Levi

 

 

The Levis JCC’s Sandler Center will host three separate events Open to the community featuring Levi and his wearable art during his U.S. debut:

 

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Opening Reception

 

Sunday, January 8, 2017    1:00 to 4:00 pm

Location: Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC, 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

Details:
1:00 pm: FootWear Art gallery reception begins
2:00 pm: Kobi Levi speaks; Q&A with audience to follow
3:00 pm: Guests can touch, try on, and photograph most of the featured designs.

Representatives will be on-site for custom shoe orders; each design is limited to 20 pairs; after reaching 20, Kobi Levi retires the design. Prices of shoes range from $500 to $2,000 per pair.

 

Cost: The exhibition is free and open to the community

RSVP required to 561-558-2520.

 

 

 

Art Talk: The Art of Crafting the Shoe

 

 

Monday, January 9, 2017    2:00 to 3:30 pm

 

Location: Beifield Auditorium, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC,
21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

Details: Following the gallery opening reception, Kobi Levi will return to the Sandler Center on Monday, January 9 for an Art Talk, which will focus on the challenges of transforming his inspirations into wearable art.

 

Cost: $18.

Open to the community

To register, call 561-558-2520.

 

 

 

 

An Evening with Kobi Levi –

A Special Event for Young Professionals

 

Thursday, January 12, 2017    6:00 to 8:00 pm

 

Location: Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery, Sandler Center, Adolph & Rose Levis JCC, 21050 95th Ave S, Boca Raton, FL 33428

 

Details: The Nathan D. Rosen Museum Gallery will host a final evening with Kobi Levi.

Cost: The event is free and open to the public.

RSVP to 561-558-2520

 

 

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“Flamingo” by Kobi Levi

 

 

Kobi Levi’s “wearable art” shoe designs are revered for their whimsical nature and masterful craftsmanship. His creations transfer the essence of daily objects such as bananas and birds, cheerleaders, chewing gum and coffee as well as fantasy and glamor – think Disney characters and mother/daughter duos – into the shape of shoes. Celebrities including Lady Gaga (Double Boots), Whoopi Goldberg, and Fergie (Chewing Gum) have been seen wearing his designs. The Kobi Levi “pop up boutique” at the Rosen Museum Gallery in Boca Raton will feature 30 unique pairs of hand-made, custom shoes.

 

 

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“Miao” by Kobi Levi

 

 

At the “FootWear Art by Kobi Levi” gallery Opening R intriguing designseception on Sunday, January 8, 2017 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm, Kobi Levi will reveal his newest shoes, as well as show off more than 30 pairs of his most famous and intriguing designs, share insights on what inspires him, and participate in Q&A with the audience. The event will be free and open to the public.

 

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“Cheerleader Red” by Kobi Levi

 

“My inspiration for a new design originates from a simple concept or image and then the shoe becomes my canvas,” Kobi Levi explains. “My work blends the boundaries of art, design and fashion, as I relate to aspects from all three fields. I am thrilled to bring my visually humoristic footwear to the U.S. and excited to be launching two brand new designs at the Levis JCC!”

 

 

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“Mermaid” by Kobi Levi

 

 

 

Consul General of Israel, Lior Haiat, commented, “We are thrilled to welcome brilliant Israeli designer, Kobi Levi, to dazzle American audiences on his first US exhibit. We hope it is the first of countless showcases displaying his celebration of fashion and culture.”   The FootWear Art exhibit is graciously underwritten by Judi and Allan Schuman. Additional support is provided by Arleen Roberts, Bloomingdales and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Boca Raton Magazine is the exclusive magazine sponsor of Kobi Levi’s FootWear Art exhibition and its associated events.

 

 

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“Chewing Gum” by Kobi Levi

 

 

 

About Kobi Levi:

 

Design and shoes have been Kobi Levi’s passion since his childhood in Tel Aviv, Israel. After his graduation in 2001 from Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design, Jerusalem, Kobi Levi worked as a freelance footwear designer. During this time, he learned the trade secrets of shoe development and craftsmanship, while spending his leisure time designing unique, creative and innovative shoe styles, which challenge the standard definitions of design, art and fashion to create a niche of their own. It was in 2010 when Kobi’s creations began to receive attention from around the world, including a spot in Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” music video. The demand for Kobi Levi’s wearable art exploded and in July 2011 Kobi opened his studio in Tel Aviv, offering his original designs for sale. In the studio he creates, develops and produces limited editions from his designs. All pairs are made by hand from high-quality materials.

Learn more at: http://kobilevidesign.com

 

 

 

About the Levis JCC Sandler Center:

 


The Levis JCC is the cornerstone of the South Palm Beach County Jewish community and a place for thousands to connect each year. The Levis JCC’s Phyllis & Harvey Sandler Center, which highlights renowned talent from artists and actors to authors and so much more, gives adults of all ages and faiths an opportunity to connect with others who share similar interests in continuing education, spirituality, cultural experiences, travel and social events.

Learn more at:http://levisjcc.org/culture/

 

 

About the Levis JCC
:

The Adolph & Rose Levis Jewish Community Center promotes and enhances Jewish culture, heritage and values through educational, spiritual, social, wellness and recreational programs for individuals of all ages. With a preschool, summer camp, family activities, athletics, cultural arts, adult enrichment and special needs programming, as well as a thrift shop for bargain hunters, the Levis JCC offers something for everyone.

Learn more at  www.levisjcc.org.

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Zammy Migdal & Gudrun Kemsa of Lausberg Contemporary at Armory Art Center

The Armory Art Center will be hosting an opening reception for Zammy Migdal and Gudrun Kemsa on October 24th.  These distinguished artists work in very different media but share an interest in movement as a metaphor, for the deeper meanings found behind surface and appearance.  In addition, on Wednesday, October 29th, Zammy Migdal will offer an Artist Gallery Talk. The Rickie Report recommends this extraordinary exhibition: “Evocative Juxtapositions Between Two International Artists” and opportunity to meet the artists. Be sure to mark both dates in your calendar.

 

 

 

 

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Opening Reception

 

Friday,  October 24, 2014       6-8 pm

Armory Art Center

Zammy Migdal- East Gallery | Gudrun Kemsa- Greenfield Gallery

 

EXHIBITIONS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

 

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Saturday 9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

These two shows will run from October 25th until December 6th, 2014.

 1700 parker avenue           West Palm Beach, FL  33401

 (561) 832-1776

 

 

 

Artist Gallery Talk and Lecture:  

Zammy Migdal

 

 

Wednesday, October 29th

6:30 – 8:00 pm

Tel Aviv born artist Zammy Migdal will talk informally about his transformative metal sculptures installed in the East Gallery and in the Morris and Rose Kraft Sculpture Garden. The artist will also give a lecture in our Library. Join us for this unique opportunity to talk with the artist, learn more about his work and enjoy some wine over good conversation.

 

 

 

 

Israeli artist Zammy Migdal and German artist Gudrun Kemsa work in very different media but share an interest in movement as a metaphor for the deeper meanings found behind surface and appearance. The Armory Art Center will be hosting an opening reception for these distinguished artists on October 24th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. The public is welcome.

 

 

 

Zammy Migdal Sculpture

Zammy Migdal Sculpture

 

 

 

❖ Zammy Migdal, a native of Tel Aviv, Israel, has created a language in metal that transforms spaces and walls into shapes, colors and shadows. In his work, energy flows to form clarity, definition, and purpose. He shapes metal into forms, but it is the emptiness inside the forms that holds the shadows. While some of his very architectural work is firmly grounded on Earth, other work has its origins in his interest to suspend objects against gravity. Such work is created by the relationships among metal foregrounds, attaching pins, spaces, light and shadows, in which hard metal resembles ribbons that flow and twist in the wind.

 

 

 

Zammy Migdal is also showing large polychrome steel sculptures from
October 25, 2014-April 30, 2015- Morris and Rose Kraft Sculpture Gardens

 

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"Las Vegas Freeway" by Gudrun Kemsa

“Las Vegas Freeway” by Gudrun Kemsa

 

 

 

 

 

 

❖ Gudrun Kemsa’s photographic works and Video Installations are depictions of space, time and movement. Her eye is focused on urban space where she documents the course of events in streets and in open public places. Her video installations are designed as large projections for indoor or outdoor spaces. In their actions and timelines, they lead the viewer to experiences of space and time. Since 2002, Kemsa has been producing video works in analogy to human vision, this is done in constant motion. Her indoor video installations at the Armory will range from works done in the Ruhr valley of her native Germany to works produced in China and the US.

 

 

About the Armory Art Center:

 

 

The mission of the Armory Art center is to inspire the creation and experience of art. Its vision is to be recognized as providing a premier art center for both creating and viewing art. The Armory is a high-quality visual art school and exhibition center. Housed in an historic Art Deco building, the Armory provides art classes for students of all ages, exhibitions, art salons, lectures and special events. Twenty exhibitions are hosted annually in three galleries. Nearly 100 courses held in 12 state-of-the-art studios are offered including ceramics, digital arts, drawing, glass fusing, jewelry, painting, printmaking, fibers, sculpture, and more! For more information, visit www.armoryart.org or call 561-832-1776 x33.

 

 

 

For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact The Rickie Report at:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher

The Rickie Report

P.O.Box 33423

Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33420

Rickie@therickiereport.com

561-537-0291

Griffin Gallery Presents “The City of Songs” by Jonathan Kis-Lev

The Griffin Gallery will present “The City of Songs”, Paintings of a Modern Jerusalem by renown artist, Jonathan Kis-Lev.  The Rickie Report hopes you will attend the opening reception on November 14th.  Jonathan’s paintings depict the holy sites of three religions as sharing the same urban space – his interpretation of religious pluralism.  Kis-Lev’s artistry will brighten your day, with messages of memory and hope. More details about the public reception and this exhibit are in the following article.

 

 

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Griffin Gallery

Presents

 

 

THE CITY OF SONGS:

Paintings of a Modern Jerusalem

By Jonathan Kis-Lev

 

Opening Reception

 

November 14, 2013

 

6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.

 

Exhibition continues through December 12, 2013

 

608 Banyan Trail    Boca Raton, FL 33431   

561.994.0811

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10:30 A.M. until 5 P.M., Monday by appointment only, Sunday closed.

 

THE CITY OF SONGS

 

Possibly Kis-Lev’s most inherently Jewish painting, The City of Songs portrays the artist’s close connection to his Jewish heritage, as symbolized in many of the elements of the painting, most blatantly the open bible, the pomegranate, the Jerusalem view and the open window.

 

"The City of Songs" by Jonathan Kis-Lev

“The City of Songs” by Jonathan Kis-Lev

 

 

 

Biblical Passage

 

 

Close inspection at the written words, inscribed on both pages of the open book set on the windowsill, show Hebrew letters written with Kis-Lev’s iconic gold trim. The passage is taken from the Song of Songs, in Hebrew Shir Hashirim, chapter six. Altogether almost six verses are written in the small area, beginning at verse four, ending at the middle of verse number ten. When asked about the specific passage, the artist said that it had specific meanings for him, and that it is one of his favorite passages in the Bible. And yet, the artist had refrained from explaining why, adhering to his open for interpretation attitude.

 

 

Song of Songs, Chapter 6, Verses 4-10:

4. You are fair, my beloved, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, awesome as the bannered legions.

5. Turn away your eyes from me, for they have made me haughty; your hair is like a flock of goats that streamed down from Gilead.

6. Your teeth are like a flock of ewes that came up from the washing, all of which are perfect and there is no bereavement among them.

7. Your temple is like a split pomegranate from beneath your kerchief.

8. There are sixty queens and eighty concubines, and innumerable maidens.

9. My dove, my perfect one, is but one; she is one to her mother, she is the pure one of she who bore her; daughters saw her and praised her, queens and concubines, and they lauded her;

10. Who is this who looks forth like the dawn, fair as the moon, clear as the sun […]

The remainder of the tenth verse, the words “awesome as the bannered legions” were omitted in the painting.

 

 

According to David Hakham, an art critic and one of Kis-Lev’s collectors, the artist’s choice of passage was far from coincidental. This passage is considered to be one of the only places in the bible to have the words Jerusalem as well as Pomegranate appearing in close vicinity (in verses four and seven). These two elements, the holy city and the fruit sacred by Jewish traditions, were of Kis-Lev’s most favorite themes during the year and a half spent at his Jerusalem studio. Hakham has argued that the reason Kis-Lev began quoting the chapter from the fourth verse and not from the first, was to ensure the appearance of the seventh verse mentioning the split pomegranate. According to Hakham, “while the words ‘split pomegranate’ also appear in chapter four of Shir HaShirim, that chapter does not mention the word ‘Jerusalem’. Clearly, Kis-Lev insisted on choosing a passage that will include both of his fixations”.

 

 

Another interpratation offered by Hakham highlights the very last word of the passage, “the sun”. Hakham writes “The artist obviously stretched the last three lines on the second page, intentionally meaning to end up with the word ‘sun’, another element frequent in his works.” While the sun does not appear in the painting, Hakham suggests that the walls of the old city, brighter and yellower than ever in other paintings of Jerusalem by the artist, “allude to the city of Jerusalem being the sun for the Jewish people, and not only them, but also to the rest of the monotheistic world, as highlighted in the inclusion of the church and the mosque on both sides of the synagogue place at the center”.

 

 

Art critic Samuel Thrope also mentioned the inclusion of the three elements as key to understand Kis-Lev’s work; “[…] the three structures can be identified as the domes of the rebuilt Hurva synagogue, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount. in all cases the ecumenism remains.” Thrope furthemore indicates that “It is easy to dismiss these paintings as naive. Depicting the church, mosque, and synagogue as sharing the same urban space is not a replacement for, and will not bring about, a just solution to the violence and oppression that plague this city. That magical thinking is counterfeit coin. Nostalgic for a harmonious past that never was or envisioning a saccharine and unrealizable future, the artist can be charged with disengagement from the political reality of Jerusalem now – graft, poverty, demolitions, oppression, hate.” Yet Thrope too points at the artist’s intention: “The three holy monuments which dominate the paintings seem, again, to point to a message of religious pluralism.”

 

The Biblical passage describes the love of the protagonist, most likely a man, to a woman. In spite of the lack of explicitly religious content, Song of Songs can also be interpreted as a parable of the relationship of God and Israel. The words “split pomegranate” mentioned in the seventh verse were most likely interpreted by the artist literally, when he painted the most detailed pomegranate he had painted to-date. It is also assumed that the praising to the protagonist woman was interpreted by the artist as praising for the city of Jerusalem, in which he lived at the time when he painted the painting, in 2009.

 

 

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