PRS is pleased to announce a new show to be held in the Hansell Gallery and Auditorium, GRAVEN IMAGE by artist Zhenya Gershman.
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 28th, 5-7pm
Art Panel: Sunday, October 20th, 1-2pm, featuring Pinchas Giller, Ph.D. (American Jewish University), Jack Rutberg (Jack Rutberg Fine Arts) and Zhenya Gershman
Closing Reception: Saturday, November 16th, 4-6pm, featuring classical guitar performance by Fabio Zini
Exhibit Hours: Tuesday 5-7pm, Friday 11am-4pm, and by appointment (email@example.com)
Address: 3910 Los Feliz Blvd., LA, CA 90027
Show dedication: In memory of my friend John Slifko ⏤ your dream is alive! -Zhenya Gershman
Artist Statement: GRAVEN IMAGE is inspired by the Sefer Yetzirah, known as The Book of Creation, one of the earliest surviving books on Jewish mysticism. This group of paintings holds questions more important than answers. To ask a question—is to wonder, to open a door, to see the old in the new way, to engage in a conversation, to embark on a journey without preconceived destination, to discover the unimaginable, to peer into the dark, to be blinded by the light, to challenge the taboos, to follow the destiny. The word Graven itself is directly related to the very root of artistic creation: "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul" (Genesis 2:7, King James Bible). GRAVEN IMAGE is thus a mirror through which the painter invites the viewer to explore the world filled with the "breath of life" together. A particular relevant passage from Sefer Yetzirah is beautifully loaded with meaning and poetry:
Three: Water from Breath.
With it He engraved and carved / [22 letters from] chaos and void / mire and clay
He engraved them like a sort of garden
He carved them like a sort of wall
He covered them like a sort of ceiling
[And He poured snow over them / and it became dust / as it is written
“For to snow He said, ‘Become earth'” (Job 37:6)]
GRAVEN IMAGE merges traditional oil painting with unorthodox sculpture technique application. Experimenting with ceramic tools allows the artist to literally carve out the material and physically engrave into the body of paint. As a result, a sculptural painting⏤a hybrid form of art is developed, stimulating the viewer to experience two-dimensional art in a surprisingly tactile and phenomenological way. This technique facilitates a kind of psychological archaeology in portraiture, challenging the core of a viewer's perception of the very border separating what we call our reality and that of art.
Artist Bio: Zhenya Gershman is an internationally renowned artist. She was born in Moscow and held her 1st solo exhibition in St. Petersburg at age 14. She was selected as a subject of the TV documentary film Our Generation, a project dedicated to searching for the five most talented teenagers in Russia, showing hope for the cultural future of the country. The youngest student to be admitted to Otis Art Institute, Zhenya graduated with Honors and later received her MFA from Art Center College of Design. Today, Gershman's portraits are featured in public and private collections including Douglas Simon and Richard Weisman (she is included in the book Picasso to Pop: The Richard Weisman Collection). Gershman's portrait of Sting was acquired for the permanent collection of the Arte Al Limite Museum in Santiago, Chile. Zhenya participates in important international exhibitions including Art Aspen, Art Miami, and Art Chicago. The GRAMMY MusiCares Foundation selected Gershman to create portraits of Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. Her exhibition "Larger Than Life" was broadcast by Entertainment Tonight, Extra, and featured in The New York Post. A documentary film, The Model's Artist, highlights Gershman's innovative approach to working with artists' models. In 2000, Gershman was a recipient of ALEX Award in Visual Arts from The National Alliance for Excellence, Honored Scholars and Artists Program, presented by Peter Frank, who is quoted as saying that Gershman's effort evokes not only Whistler's and Sargent's but that from which they took inspiration, Manet's and Velazquez's⏤masters of the figure who in their own ways avoided the banal literalities of their contemporaries for a rendition truer to the vagaries of vision, and (thereby) to the dynamics of human presence.
In addition to her artistic career, Gershman is an independent scholar and a museum educator. She has worked for over a decade at the J. Paul Getty Museum, and has contributed to such exhibitions as Rembrandt's Late Religious Portraits and Rembrandt: Telling the Difference. As a co-Founder and President of Project AWE, a nonprofit foundation for the arts and education, Gershman has dedicated her scholarly and charitable work to provide new dimensions in understanding and experiencing the cultural icons of Western European heritage. Gershman's groundbreaking discovery regarding the presence of a hidden Rembrandt self-portrait was published by Arion, Boston University and was brought to European audiences by Le Monde. She continues to work in her studio and is currently working on a book Dürer's Labyrinth: Melencolia in the Context of Early Modern Knowledge following her article Dürer's Enigma: A Kabbalistic Revelation in Melencolia §I published by Brill's Aries Journal.
The Hansell Gallery is pleased to announce a new show, OBSERVED UNION by artist Wyatt Troll.
Opening: Saturday, June 22nd, 5pm-8pm, featuring dance performance by Katie Malia
Closing: Wednesday, July 10th
Exhibit Hours: Tuesdays 5pm-7pm, Fridays 11am-4pm, and by appointment (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Artist Statement: Our human experience finds us in conflict, both on and beneath the surface of life. We live in contradiction, feeling separated from our inner child, from nature, from love, and from the spiritual world while knowing there is a universal truth that connects everything down to the microscopic level. In OBSERVED UNION, the world is transcendent and filled with magic. Moments of divinity are revealed with a sense of patience and wonder; the contrasts of life depicted in harmony. Light and dark. Feminine and masculine. Each image, a meditation on beauty realized through expansive horizons and ephemeral nature, mirroring our union with the universe. The show features an original soundtrack by E Ruscha V., incorporating heartbeat recordings by Wyatt Troll.
Artist Bio: Wyatt Troll is passionate about creating images. As a photographer, cinematographer, and director, he is driven by honest storytelling through a visual language all his own. Being raised on a commune, then bred in New York City, makes for quite an interesting outlook. He attended LaGuardia School of Art, Music, and Performing Arts before moving to California to study photography at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. Never without his camera, Wyatt has taken countless photographs throughout his life and career, honing a multifaceted understanding of spaces and human dynamics, both natural and staged. Drawing from art history, he is always looking for a new way of seeing. As a photographer, he has documented incredible human portraits and intimate circumstances of intrigue. His experiences have instilled a heavy desire to share the situations he has documented visually. His development as an artist never stops due to the dynamic surroundings of his life.
This exhibit is curated and produced by Yael Greenberg/CURRENT PROJECTS.
Artist Statement: Upon my retreat from conventional narrative filmmaking in 2017, my creative and spiritual growth began to emerge as one. Meditation and trance work all became extremely important for me, and with all of that, my new body of films was born. My daily meditative practices allowed the creative floodgates to open, bringing a complete sense of inner joy. Upon the creation of many of these metaphysical films, I was unaware as to what they meant but went about the execution of each one as a form of meditation itself. After all, everything and anything can be meditation if it brings a sense of joy to our soul. I was so entranced by these recent visual developments that hours and days could pass without me even realizing. Some of these experimental films hold more emotional impact than any conventional film I’ve ever made. Now I know why. However, I will always leave the meaning of these works up to viewers with the hope that they will find the same sense of joy, love, and excitement that I experienced while making them.
Soul Tones was one of the first metaphysical films I made after moving to Los Angeles. I discovered the Philosophical Research Society at exactly the right time in my journey and eagerly began collaborating with some of the other artists who also consider it their home away from home. While many of my earlier films were developed and executed with inspiration from books by Manly P. Hall, Aleister Crowley, and Hermann Hesse, among many others whom I have been reading since I was a curious sixteen-year-old, Soul Tones was one of the first films where I really had no preconceived idea as to what it would be about. I had recorded Kristin playing her sound bowls for a separate short I was making months prior and upon editing said film, was so completely captivated and hypnotized by the beauty of the notes, I knew I had to use them for something else. The result became a trance film that works to expose the viewer to other dimensions and energies that surround us in every moment of our lives that we may otherwise ignore. Essentially, the film became a document of loving awareness and positive emotion. With this piece, I hope that the observer will be able to obtain, even if just for a split second, a moment of inner peace and inspiration. Like all of the films I now make in this new stage of my career, I hope the love, passion, and absolute heart I put into the creation will resonate with the viewer and that glorious positive energy will be experienced. As we commonly say to one another “I’m sending my love." This is my way of sending love to the viewer. —Courtney Sell
The exhibit runs June 4th, 2019 - June 11th, 2019. Please contact email@example.com to make an appointment at the gallery. Public viewing hours are Tuesday evenings 5pm-7pm, and Fridays 11am-4pm.
THE UNIFIED FIELD: Picking Up the Signal features the work of emerging and established artists, working in a wide array of disciplines: photography, painting, performance, sculpture, spoken word, multimedia, installation, and interactive. In each case the work addresses the world beyond reason, and the ways in which we access it. The artists are: Michael Carter, Linda Connor, Mandy Kahn, Jeff Kober, Burton Kopelow, Joey Lehman Morris, Kristin Palombo, Craig Semetko, John Slepian, and Carel Struycken.
The exhibit is curated by LA-based artist, curator, and director David Orr.
The exhibit runs October 20th, 2018 - April 20th, 2019. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment at the gallery. Public viewing hours are Tuesday evenings 5-7, and Fridays 10:30-3:30.
PRS is pleased to announce ILLUMINED, a brand new exhibition by Los Angeles-based artist and photographer David Orr, whose images are made from and inspired by our library's storied collection of rare texts and manuscripts.
For the ILLUMINED series David photographed spiritual, mystical, and philosophical texts—often one-of-a-kind, hand-printed and illuminated manuscripts—from our library’s private collection. After photographing a text, he recombines it, creating an abstracted, circular form that alludes to the worldview or mythology being represented. Each image becomes a balanced form, similar to a mandala, an idealized object of contemplation. The images are dye-infused into highly reflective aluminum discs, creating works of art that are as much objects as photographs.
“Worlds visible and invisible to us have been depicted in strikingly similar visuals over time,” says David, “the recurring form is always circular. Most often, these depictions possess a radial symmetry with repeated shapes emerging from a central point. You can see this arrangement in church and mosque ceilings meaning to represent the impossible order of the heavens; representations of the universe throughout time (the word cosmos itself means ‘order’); and in graphic depictions of particle motion, music, and sound—even the graphic symbol for chaos has order!”
Orr chose each text with an eye towards representing a range of disparate beliefs, from the sacred to the secular. The series includes recombinations of rare Alchemical and Theosophical manuscripts, hand-transcribed Buddhist Sūtras, and a first edition of Francis Bacon’s scientific work. “So many ideas and systems describe how the world works, and much of it can be thought of as a projection of our ideas onto the world,” Orr adds. “There are remarkable examples of ancient ideas proven correct by contemporary scientific study; Quantum Physics and Eastern thought, for example. These images mean to honor the ways in which we struggle to make sense of the world. Each image serves as a symbol and beacon of an ideal—sparks of thought in the dark.”
ILLUMINED will be on display from March 24th through September 16th. Visitors can check gallery hours by calling (323) 663–2167.