September 7 - October 1, 2017
Opening Reception: Friday, September 8, 6-8pm
Curated by Dorit Jordan Dotan
This exhibition brings together a community of artists who strongly feel that art is personal, that the personal is political, and the political is very personal. The twenty-two North American contemporary artists selected for this exhibition were among those who responded to the call to create art about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. As in many mediums, perspective derives from distance; being far away opens up a natural space for new viewpoints. Artists who are Far From the Front Lines have created an opportunity for artful dialog beyond borders. It allows both the audience and the artists themselves to actively promote meaningful change in our minds, where all borders ultimately reside.
This exhibition is about coexistence, hope, and showing fine art. Social change has often been brought about by artists who dare to say what few want to hear. The vision from this exhibit is a starting point from which to inspire new ways of thinking. The context of an exhibition expands the space of the artist to encompass not only the individual onlooker, but a community as a whole: diverse, tolerant, contentious, questing after justice at home, and personally - sometimes viscerally - invested in events far away. Artists far from mapped borders may be among the first to finally, tentatively, step over into new territory.
The exhibition includes paintings, photography, calligraphy, installation, video, mixed media and new media.
Featured artists include Adriana Poterash, Beth Krensky, Dorit Jordan Dotan, Ellen Holtzblatt, Gabriella Boros, Jake Mezrahi, James Holloway, Judith Joseph, Kanaan Kanaan, Katarzyna Kozera and Yona Verwer, Lenore Mizrachi-Cohen, Leona Strassberg, Liam Ze'ev O’Connor, LNM, Margaret Olin, Munir Alawi, Nancy Current, Naomi Safran-Hon, Shay Arick, Susan C. Dessel and Susan Dickman.
About the Curator
Dorit Jordan Dotan, multi-media artist, was born in Israel in 1961. Jordan Dotan combines photography with innovative digital art and mixed media. Through her art, she expresses her views about political, social and cultural topics.
Jordan Dotan lives and works in Evanston, IL. She is a Fellow with the Jewish Art Salon - New York, and participates with the Artist’s Lab at Spertus, Chicago. Her work has been exhibited throughout the US and internationally, in Chicago, New York, Berlin, Toronto and Israel.
A partial list of recent exhibitions includes:
2015 Jerusalem Biennale and upcoming Biennale 2017; Spertus Chicago; VBK / Berlin Artist Association, 2015; Fotogalerie, Berlin 2017; Ceres Gallery, Chelsea, New York, 2017; HUC Museum, New York, 2017; Woman Made Gallery, Chicago, 2017; The Art Center New Orleans, LA; Evanston Art Center, 2017; Nuit Rose, Art Festival, Toronto, 2017; The Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU, 2017.
Permanent Exhibitions: Park Avenue Synagogue's New Center for Lifelong Learning, NYC
Permanent Collection: HUC-Museum, New York, NY, USA
Recipient of a 2017 Cultural Fund Grant of the Evanston Art Council and the Illinois Art Council.
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