JUNE 10 – AUGUST 18
Artist talk: Saturday, June 23, 12:45 p.m.
New Haven – In paintings dripping with color and rich textures, artist Joel Silverstein explores the complexities of American Jewish identity through the lens of his observations, blended with Biblical stories and popular culture. His goal is to find a contemporary language that can describe the narratives of the Hebrew Bible, merging traditional Talmudic interpretation with postmodern takes on painting, movies, comics and picture theory. References to Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 film The Ten Commandments are a recurring motif in the artist’s work. He employs the film’s technicolored images as a visual primer for paintings infused with Jewish cultural experience. Silverstein’s goal is to use both high and low extremes: master painting and comic books, the Talmud and science fiction, personal phenomenology and the study of the Torah, to create a wild experiential ride for the audience.
The artist’s talk will follow the Shabbat Kiddush luncheon. Sabbath rules will be observed. BEKI is located at 85 Harrison St. at Whalley Ave., New Haven. The exhibition will close August 18.
CAP: BAMIDAR by Joel Silverstein