Anti-logue #14 Gluttony, mixed materials on
canvas, 40" x 40" (102 x 102 cm), 2004
Dialogues & Anti-logues
Paintings by Dov Lederberg
Artitst's StatementLike most of the contributors to this column, I am engaged in the converging vectors of art and science, but receive added inspiration from kabbalah teachings & meditation and try to create visual forms conducive to mystical experience and self-transformation
As an artist, I usually start with a basic form, which obsesses me, and then create from it on canvas an extensive series with variations of colors and shades, permutations and transformations. The ensuing creative process is usually intuitive and not premeditated and allows for artistic play and serendipity.
My current preoccupation, the Dialogue Anti-logue series with over 30 large paintings on canvas, is based on a simple form of two cartoon faces in “confrontation”. Its artistic expansion and development has been certainly inspired by my studies of the teachings of the noted philosopher, Martin Buber (the famous I-Thou / I-It paradigm) and its application in modern Gestalt psychology. The I-Thou Dialogues show two faces in harmony and balance, while in the I-It paintings (which I call Anti-logues), the second face is diminished or non-existent. A kabbalah link can be found in teachings about the “changing faces” of the cherub statues on the Ark of the Covenant and their esoteric ramifications.
The series will be presented in a solo exhibition at the Ezair Gallery, 905 Madison Avenue, New York, NY, June 1st to June 30th 2005.
Other works, previous and in development, can be viewed in the web page:
Dov Lederberg grew up in the Philadelphia area and began his involvement in the arts at Haverford College and the Columbia University School of Fine Arts. During the Sixties he became one of the active filmmakers within the New American Underground and the N.Y. Filmmakers' Co-op. One of his works, entitled "Eargogh", an interpretation of the life of Vincent Van Gogh, starring Jack Smith and Marie Menken, was widely screened at the time. Between 1970 and 1994 he was an independent film director, mainly for Israel TV, making documentary and educational films, as well as creating various video art compositions. Since 1995 Dov has been deeply involved in using new art mediums and techniques to express and render the subtle ideas of Jewish mystical teachings and meditation. His paintings and video art have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and Israel.
Dialogue #19 Memory, mixed materials on
canvas, 40" x 40" (102 x 102 cm), 2005
Dialogue # 20 Inside the Brain, mixed materials
on canvas, 40" x 40" (102 x 102 cm), 2005