Projects in the Works
If you would like to join in the process, and receive many of them as they come out, visit Minyanaire to learn about my inner circle of supporters and join my Minyan.
Here’s a very partial list of some current works in process.
- Sefirat haOmer: Forty Nine Abstract Geometric Interpretations of the Counting.
- White on White. A Paper Sculpted Alphabet.
- Pushkes of Power: A set of Zeddakah Boxes based on the Values of Giving.
- To-Fill-In Tefillin: A Set of Prints of Funky Images based on Tefillin.
- Mizrach Print. A Traditional Interpretation.
- Light and Lighting. A Print for the Lighting of Shabbat Candles.
- Animural Print. A Silhouette March of the Kosher and Treif.
- El Adon Artist Book: The Glory of the Universe.
- A Jewish Emblem Book.
- The Meaning of the Letters: A Wild Little Book Collaboration in Cartoon Style.
- Megatron: Large Op Art Graphic Letters.
- Seven Times Seven: Forty-Nine Menorot for the Omer.
- The Original Hebrew Alphabet. A Contemporary, Graphic Interpretation in Menorah Form.
- Hakarat Hatov: An Interactive Piece for Recognizing and Expressing Gratitude.
- Pitchu Li: A Papercut Artist Book.
- Like Clay in the Hands of the Potter: A Collaboration of Calligraphy and Mezzotints.
- Ashet Chayil: An Accordion Bouquet of Flowers for the Shabbat Table.
- The Psalms of Ascent: A Mini Matchbox Library.
Some worlds are seen; some are unseen.
The world I invite you to enter is both seen and unseen.
Parts of it have been brought to reality, but most of it remains to appear.
My world is a Jewish world, but a Jewish world that has not existed before, a visionary world that I am slowly bringing into being.
It is a world of meaning and beauty.
A world of values and ideals.
A world of commitment and devotion.
A world of necessity and urgency.
It is a Jewish world of inclusion for all Jews.
It is a world that invites non-Jews to experience and hear the Jewish message—as crucial to the universe today as when it was first announced 3500 years ago.
My world began with a vision, a vision I have gradually, patiently, and hopefully faithfully been embodying every since.
My world is firmly based on a profound trust that what is created honestly, thoughtfully and soulfully will be responded to deeply and genuinely. One of the most gratifying things to me is that my world has been entered with the same delight by Ultra-orthodox to Reform. Each year, my Haggadah is lectured from at secular kibbutzim and community centers around Israel.
The fruits of my world include books and prints, objects and sculptures, buildings and spaces, journeys and itineraries, programs and presentations, teaching and sharing, new ways of educating, fresh ways of inspiring, touching and sharing.
I have slowly gained confidence in my visionary world as feedback has accumulated over the years.
My simple process is one of Head, Heart and Hand:
Head. To immerse as deeply, humbly, respectfully, and authentically as possible into Jewish tradition and text. To listen. To learn.
Heart. To transform the contents of this learning into ideas as fresh, innovative, appropriate, creative and imaginative as possible.
Hand. To execute and craft the result with devotion, loving care, and concentrated attention.
My career has been a gradual expansion of using this process in many ways: the revival of the hand illuminated Ketubah, the creation of a Passover Haggadah, the Tree of Life Shtender, the design of buildings.
But for each project I have finished, there are many that remain undone. These are not merely hopes or whims, but concrete ideas for real pieces and projects that have passed the following rigorous criteria:
- A project must be Jewishly authentic. It must educate, inform, inspire Jewishly. It must be meaningful.
- A project must be fresh and creative. It must delight the viewer, the owner or the participant.
- A project must be beautiful and well crafted.
- It must be feasible, possible to produce and economically viable.
There are currently some scores of such projects in the works. This list decreases as projects are completed, grows as new ideas are added.
Some projects are modest, straightforward and virtually ready to go. Some are vast, ambitious, multi-year projects.
Some are designed to elicit a bit of delight, expand and expound a Jewish concept, text, value or idea.
Some are designed to transform the Jewish world.
Some worlds are seen; some worlds are unseen.
Some worlds are seen: You can see some of the completed results of my vision on my website or better yet, at my studio in Jerusalem.
Some worlds are unseen: To enter the world of my future vision or to join me in bringing this world to light, give me a call.