Marisa Mazria Katz

Journalist, Producer, Editor

Sunrise Sunset: Reimagining Judaica


I spoke with the artist Joel Mesler about his new show at the David Kordansky Gallery in LA. Joel is reimagining Judaica for his and the next generation. Here's a brief description of the show from the gallery, which I recommend seeing if in LA

"Mesler has become known in recent years for paintings that bring together autobiographical reflection, self-effacing humor, an open-hearted sense of precision and design, and a sly conceptualism with roots in a heterogenous group of modernist and postmodernist approaches to artmaking. zrikha sheqi’att hashemesh (Sunrise Sunset) finds him expanding his work in each of these categories and revealing the deeper strains of cultural awareness and collective purpose that have motivated him since the beginning of his multi-faceted career. The exhibition features two groups of paintings: nine small-format portraits of rabbis and thirteen large-scale canvases dedicated to the text-based imagery and rich visual patterning that have defined much of his project over the last decade."