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Aline Mare

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Monday, May 24, 2021 | 7:00 p.m.

You are invited to the next JAI Cafe series exploring the artistic practice of Aline Mare. Information to follow in our monthly newsletter…

I interpret our world through the lens of science and art to shed light on the relationship between the environment and human nature. I work with a hybrid form of painting, photography, and installation, synthesizing my aesthetic sensibilities with a deep interest in the natural cycles of the earth.

In my most recent work, I am returning to installation formats, integrating the materials used in my body of imagery, such as salt, seeds, and mica sheets, to create rich, immersive sculptural experiences.

JAI Featured Artists/April

Benny Ferdman and Lorin Fife

Benny Ferdman

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Benny Ferdman:

“The World is not comprehensible but it is embraceable by embracing one of its beings.” Martin Buber

Likewise- art is not comprehensible but it is embraceable. I have made art all my life. Yet more and more I realize that I don’t really make art but rather I find art or perhaps it finds me. I feel my art grows akin to the wild processes of the natural world.

In other words “I find” my art, just as I might find an ancient fossil in the hills or a broken plastic super hero figurine in the street, or a 19th century Yiddish story to translate. I find them all, but whether I love them or question them, I always find meaning in the things I encounter– and embrace them with paint, stones, metal, mud, lunacy and language.

Featured Artwork:

The Present Punches Holes in the Past
2019, natural pigments on cereal box and collage (photo by Roman Vishniac), 11″ x 13″

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Website: BennyFerdman.com

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Benny Ferdman:

“The World is not comprehensible but it is embraceable by embracing one of its beings.” Martin Buber

Likewise- art is not comprehensible but it is embraceable. I have made art all my life. Yet more and more I realize that I don’t really make art but rather I find art or perhaps it finds me. I feel my art grows akin to the wild processes of the natural world.

In other words “I find” my art, just as I might find an ancient fossil in the hills or a broken plastic super hero figurine in the street, or a 19th century Yiddish story to translate. I find them all, but whether I love them or question them, I always find meaning in the things I encounter– and embrace them with paint, stones, metal, mud, lunacy and language.

Featured Artwork:

The Present Punches Holes in the Past
2019, natural pigments on cereal box and collage (photo by Roman Vishniac), 11″ x 13″

Website: BennyFerdman.com

Lorin Fife

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Lorin Fife:

Lorin Fife is an attorney by training and an artist by compulsion. Fife has always been intrigued by the ways in which words and images intersect with and reinforce or contradict one another. As an individual who lived as an immigrant in an alien society at an early age, Fife also has an intrinsic interest in the fluidity and elasticity of identity, the ambiguities associated with identity, and the prejudices and expectations found within his own community. He has found it fertile territory for his art.

Fife’s work has been inspired by the work of artists who challenge viewers to understand a “reality” that may seem to contradict the perceived image or that may contain inherent ambiguities.

Featured Artwork:

Sharon: The Thinker En Femme
circa 2006, oil on canvas, 48″ x 24″

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Website: LorinFife.Wixsite.com

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Lorin Fife:

Lorin Fife is an attorney by training and an artist by compulsion. Fife has always been intrigued by the ways in which words and images intersect with and reinforce or contradict one another. As an individual who lived as an immigrant in an alien society at an early age, Fife also has an intrinsic interest in the fluidity and elasticity of identity, the ambiguities associated with identity, and the prejudices and expectations found within his own community. He has found it fertile territory for his art.

Fife’s work has been inspired by the work of artists who challenge viewers to understand a “reality” that may seem to contradict the perceived image or that may contain inherent ambiguities.

Featured Artwork:

Sharon: The Thinker En Femme
circa 2006, oil on canvas, 48″ x 24″

Website: LorinFife.Wixsite.com

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About JAI

 

The Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) is a Southern California arts organization committed to fostering visual art by Jewish artists and promoting dialogue about Jewish identity and related issues among members of the arts community. We very actively organize exhibitions, programs, as well as study sessions for our members. We currently have a membership of over 130 Artists and Arts Professionals.

MISSION AND HISTORY

JAI was conceived by the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles in 2004. It was originally in partnership with the University of Southern California Casden Institute and the USC Roski School of Art and Design. For many years we have been under the fiscal sponsorship of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. Members include primarily artists, as well as curators and art historians based in Southern California. The artists go through a jurying process to be admitted as members.

We have collaborated with a great range of Southern California institutions including American Jewish University, Hebrew Union College, UCLA Hillel and USC Hillel as well as a variety of art galleries and public spaces. We have also worked and exhibited in institutions in other parts of the United States and Israel such as the Jewish Art Salon, Hebrew Union College, New York, the New York UJA and the Jerusalem Biennale.

JAI Executive Committee: Melinda Smith Altshuler, Bill Aron, Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik, President Georgia Freedman-Harvey, Anne Hromadka Greenwald, Gilah Yelin Hirsch, Randi Matushevitz, Hillel Smith, Debra Sokolow and Ruth Weisberg