The Jewish Workplace: Inside the Box

November 1, 2012
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This month’s online exhibition features the work of six artists who were asked to visually represent their immediate reaction to hearing the phrase, “The Jewish Workplace.” Confined to using a 7 inch by 7 inch square (or cube), each artist could use any medium they wanted to create their responses. As you’ll notice, the pieces are incredibly varied in both their subject matter and style. We invite you to share your own reactions in the comments section below.

Moran Haynal was born in 1949 in Budapest, spent part of his childhood in Berlin and eventually studied in Vienna at the Academy of Fine Arts.  In the early 1990s, he emigrated to Israel and earned his living as a freelance artist, as well as the writing of Torah scrolls, mezuzot and Ketubot. Moran Haynal currently lives in Munich. His paintings, drawings, calligraphy and commercial art have been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions. Haynal Moran is a member of the Vienna Secession and the Hungarian and Israeli artists’ association.

Miriam Stern who with photography and through various processes from digital manipulation to traditional printmaking and painting creates arts that is mostly abstract.

Myriam Cuneo is an artist based in Montevideo, Uruguay who exhibits her work all over the world.

“When I think of a Jewish workplace, I think of my father’s business – a ladies apparel shop – and of that of my grandpa who imported goods from Japan like silks and so on. It is difficult to explain my images, but I had a great family that came from far away to settle, work, be honest, and want us to grow up with culture and be decent, honest and good human beings.”

Lidia Shaddow was born and raised in Israel before immigrating to the United States at age 14, where she received here BFA from the Art Center College of Design. Shaddow’s art consists of oil, acrylic and gold leaf paintings on wood and canvas.

“My immediate reaction is a Jewish day school. I have been an art teacher at many Jewish day schools, and

VBS day school, where I taught has been very supportive of my art and offered me several commissions. This mural, is of the VBSDS garden. In it is the tree of life, the seven species, the Hebrew calendar, the four seasons, and a quote from the bible.”

Harriet Finck works and lives in Northern New Jersey. Trained as an architect, sheturned to collage and then painting two decades ago, and later began teaching as a university adjunct, at a community art center, and at an Artists’ Beit Midrash in Teaneck. She is a member of the Jewish Art Salon, and is associated with the S.H.E. Gallery in Boonton, NJ.

“My cube would be pure white, wrapped closely by a hand written fine paper scroll - possibly the Book of Ruth.  In a way, it is an inverted tefillin box - white, not black, the scroll tightly wrapped on the outside, not the inside, and overflowing, the celebration of a woman who is interesting for so many reasons.”

Alan Falk is an internationally recognized artist whose paintings and watercolors deal with Jewish and Judaic themes, and biblical subjects.

“In responding to the notion of ‘the Jewish workplace’, it seemed to me that in our contemporary world, as Jews are no longer confined to specific jobs and vocations, ‘everywhere’ is the Jewish workplace. With that in mind, and considering this from a Jewish perspective, I concluded that if Jews work everywhere, then the Jewish ‘workplace’ IS the world. As one of our primary commitments as Jews is to work towards repairing our world, Tikkun Olam, I set about creating the painting.”

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