The PjCC is proud to be a part of the Initiative on Jewish Peoplehood presenting educational and cultural programs that explore Jewish heritage, identity, and community. This initiative is co-funded by the Koret Foundation, Taube Foundation for Jewish Life and Culture and other Bay Area funders.
PJCC Art Gallery Exhibits
The Art Gallery at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center is committed to showcasing the works of talented Jewish artists as well as presenting exhibits that explore Jewish values, themes and ideas. It is our hope that along with adorning our walls, the exhibits will serve to stimulate personal thought and lively conversations among our members and guests.
During your next visit to the PJCC stop by our gallery located in our lobby and in the Koret Learning Center hall. Exhibits are free and open to the public!
The PJCC Art Gallery presents
THE SEEN AND THE UNSEEN
Prints by Orit Martin
October 7, 2016—January 2, 2017
About the Exhibit
Orit’s Martin paintings provide a new dimension to Jewish contemporary art. The paintings address the relationships and linkages among opposites in our experience: the transitory and the eternal, the spiritual and the concrete, the tangible and the abstract, Heaven and Earth, the digital pixel and the stroke of the brush, the figurative and the abstract.
Ms. Martin draws inspiration for her art from the Kabbalah, the Zohar, Chasidic texts, and Jewish motifs. Her art, however, has a universal character.
Orit’s art offers the viewers a new visual expression of spiritual and mystic concepts such as enlightenment, reflection, introspection and meditation.
Her art deals with existential topics such as the connection between soul and body, man’s place in the universe, and man’s facing the world and the Creator.
The concept of man’s image appears repeatedly in the paintings as a stylized silhouette symbolizing the human experience. There is ample use light beams from high that express the connection between different spheres.
In Jewish art there has always been a concern to endow spiritual concepts with a concrete expression, and in this difficulty Orit Martin perceives a creative challenge.
The challenge is to address wholly abstract matters using tangible means without falling into well-worn traditional clichés.
The art offers the viewer primeval visual elements, such as a bridge, or a circle of light, a vortex, or characters to induce in the consciousness of the viewer an intimate and abstract experience.
Jewish art, as it is expressed in Orit Martin’s drawings, breaks through the boundaries of Judaica ornamental art towards a stand of self-reflection and advanced awareness.
Orit uses a unique combination of digital techniques with brush strokes of acrylic colors, in order to create effects of layers of colors reflecting on each other, and producing streams of lights and a feeling of hovering.
Her works are created from a deep place inside with hope that they will meet you in a similar place within yourselves and fill you with joy and light. Her hope is to transcend the visible realm of reality and expand our spiritual tools.
This exhibition was arranged by artist representative Simcha Moyal. www.israelivisualarts.com