JAI Featured Artist/July 2022

Sandy Bleifer

JAI Featured Artist

Sandy Bleifer

July 2022

JAI Featured Artist

Sandy Bleifer

July 2022

The Times: Kimono #8 – Dress Code (front and back)

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As a longtime committed social activist, I focus my work on social justice, urban revitalization, and our current environmental crisis. My work has evolved from an inquiry into the nature of my materials. Paper has provided an ongoing exploration for me: its outer fragility and its inner strength, its apparent simplicity and its structural complexity, its capacity for both hardness and softness intrigue me. Instead of using paper simply as the surface to receive an image, I have developed a vocabulary of manipulation techniques such as tearing, folding, layering, peeling, crushing, etc., which enable me to utilize paper as a kind of drawing and sculpting material.

PAPER + Leaves X: Conflagration, 2019

Ikebana Series
cloth bound 86 page book, clam shell box + original artwork

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I find I tend to work in series. Even in the early ’70s when all my work was silkscreened (a medium that lends itself to identical multiples), I sought to make each print unique through color sequencing, collage and other techniques. Even now, I embark on series based on the potential meanings of elements like news photographs, plastic, leaves, etc. when placed in new contexts and juxtaposed with papers of many kinds. Some of these series take 3 to 4 years to play out.

I explored the common ground shared by flowers and paper along with the juxtaposition of the perfection sought in the art of Japanese flower arranging in my Ikebana series. I received a collection of dried leaves that became actors in real life dramas such as black holes and forest fires. The current “The Times” series (referring to LA and NY Times photographs I collect) is comprised of kimono shaped paper sculptures placing memorable news photos into painted papers to create a “world” in which they will be remembered.

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About JAI

 

Jewish Artists Initiative (JAI) is a Southern California organization committed to supporting Jewish artists and arts professionals. JAI aspires to be an agent of transformative change by organizing provocative exhibitions and thoughtful programs promoting diverse dialogue about Jewish identity and experiences. Founded in 2004, JAI remains committed to fostering Jewish culture in our community and beyond.

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

How to Become a JAI Member: JAI welcomes applications for membership from artists and arts professionals. For how to apply and to view the selection criteria click on Join JAI in the navigation links at the top or bottom of any page. Questions: contact JAI at admin@jaisocal.org