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Ted Meyer

SAVE the DATE: Monday, June 28, 2021
7:00 p.m. (PDT)

Through his artmaking, photography, design, curation and publishing projects, Ted portrays the beauty and humor of physicality while exploring narratives of the human condition. Ted is an Artistic Patient Advocate.

Along with his desire to find beauty in stylized bodies through painting and highly crafted photos, his art functions as a healing document for those affected by trauma. Ted uses his artwork to teach the medical community how treatments affect patients long term.

Website: TedMeyer.com

JAI Featured Artists/June

Robin Comanor and Nancy Ivanhoe 

Robin Comanor

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Robin Comanor:

My training began at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California. Jay DeFeo, Jack Jefferson and Julius Hatofsky, were among highly respected instructors who influenced me. Their tutelage and collective enthusiasm for abstract expressionism propelled me to create enormous abstract oil paintings. When I came upon the work of Alice Neel. I immediately knew, what I wanted to paint, modern paintings of ordinary people.

“My People” is an inclusive collection of paintings who are all affiliated with Judaism but do not share a single interpretation of what it means to be a Jew. Some of my subjects follow the strict practice of Jewish law, while others include no Jewish rituals at all in their lives, or even a belief in God. Perhaps one’s identity as a Jew simply requires the minimum acknowledgment of peoplehood, and the recognition that one can only survive, with the personal admission of being a Jew. I do not paint paintings to flatter the subjects but to illustrate their singularity as part of humanity.

Featured Artworks:

1.) Beta Israel, photographed in Jaffa
2.) Dr. Richard & Shawney Fine, members of a Modern-Orthodox Synagogue
3.) Everett, born to a Jewish mother

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Website: RobinComanor.com

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Robin Comanor:

My training began at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California. Jay DeFeo, Jack Jefferson and Julius Hatofsky, were among highly respected instructors who influenced me. Their tutelage and collective enthusiasm for abstract expressionism propelled me to create enormous abstract oil paintings. When I came upon the work of Alice Neel. I immediately knew, what I wanted to paint, modern paintings of ordinary people.

“My People” is an inclusive collection of paintings who are all affiliated with Judaism but do not share a single interpretation of what it means to be a Jew. Some of my subjects follow the strict practice of Jewish law, while others include no Jewish rituals at all in their lives, or even a belief in God. Perhaps one’s identity as a Jew simply requires the minimum acknowledgment of peoplehood, and the recognition that one can only survive, with the personal admission of being a Jew. I do not paint paintings to flatter the subjects but to illustrate their singularity as part of humanity.

Featured Artworks:

1.) Beta Israel, photographed in Jaffa
2.) Dr. Richard & Shawney Fine, members of a Modern-Orthodox Synagogue
3.) Everett, born to a Jewish mother

Website: RobinComanor.com

Nancy Ivanhoe

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Nancy Ivanhoe:

My work is about relationships: how light and site affect the interaction of color, shape and moiré. Screen mesh is my medium. Working with such a transparent and malleable material enables me to overlap colors that react to each other, evolving into new color and shape combinations. My process flows between painting, collage and sculpture.

I’m greatly influenced by the LA Light and Space art movement of the 60s/70s where site specificity and light are creative factors. I use light to highlight edges, colors, and create a dynamic interaction between interior and exterior space. I play with its ephemeral quality as it enhances the intensity of moirés that result from the layered screen. Their wave-like patterns move across the surface of the screen according to the position of the viewer. How the viewer animates and engages with the work, becomes the conversation of each piece.

Featured Artwork:

Wall Sculpture (Ice Blue)
Screen mesh, acrylic paint, 18″ x 32″ x 7″

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Website: NancyIvanhoe.com  |  Instagram: @nlivanhoe

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Nancy Ivanhoe:

My work is about relationships: how light and site affect the interaction of color, shape and moiré. Screen mesh is my medium. Working with such a transparent and malleable material enables me to overlap colors that react to each other, evolving into new color and shape combinations. My process flows between painting, collage and sculpture.

I’m greatly influenced by the LA Light and Space art movement of the 60s/70s where site specificity and light are creative factors. I use light to highlight edges, colors, and create a dynamic interaction between interior and exterior space. I play with its ephemeral quality as it enhances the intensity of moirés that result from the layered screen. Their wave-like patterns move across the surface of the screen according to the position of the viewer. How the viewer animates and engages with the work, becomes the conversation of each piece.

Featured Artwork:

Wall Sculpture (Ice Blue)
Screen mesh, acrylic paint, 18″ x 32″ x 7″

Website: AvivaArtPhotography.com  |  Instagram: @nlivanhoe

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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