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19th Mar 2010

Essence Portraits – Art for the 21st Century

Just as Post Conceptual Art theory — using symbols for strokes — is radically new art for the twenty-first century, Essence Portrait are a new kind of Post Conceptual Art portrait painting.

Essence Portraits are about seeing the divine in ourselves and others.The intrinsic meaning is not in the image(s) but in the strokes.

Each one of us has a spark of the divine, a “still small voice” that we each get to share in a unique and special way.

This short original video reveals a bit about the history of portraiture in art to show how Essence Portraits are a radical next step.

So give your brain some new visual images it can use to decode your world in an more inspiring way. Enjoy!

Discover how you can commission an Essence Portrait of yourself or a loved on! SEE: http://ungravenimage.com/portraitpaintingcommissions.php
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.

Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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14th Mar 2010

Armory and ADAA Art Shows 2010

The traffic and sales at the two major art shows in New York City in 2010 reflected the slow but steady recovery of the art world. According to a report in the Art Newspaper, the sales at the Armory show were up 40% over the prior year.

Also as reported by the economic press, investors are cautious. This conservatism is also found in the art world. The majority of the works that were sold were by blue chip artists, such as the wall of Louise Bourgeois paintings featured at Cheim and Read is reported to have almost entirely sold out. That work is shown in the final image below.

This conservative trend was reflected in the works shown by the galleries, which tended to be smaller and featured better known if not blue chip artists. There is probably wisdom in this choice as it is well known that artworks that can be easily carried tend to gain and hold more value over time than those that cannot, given an equality of artistic merit and recognition.

I toured the shows with my assistant and son, David Wasserman Robles who took photos and helped find interesting works. David has a strong art heritage as his paternal grandmother is the late Esther Robles, the first woman gallerist of the famed La Cienega of Los Angeles. David was raised with art and has a keen eye.

There were many works and artists that I would have loved to share here, but, unfortunately the intricacies of the work or lighting conditions made tweeting a photo taken with David’s iPhone would be a disservice to the piece, the artist and gallery.

As we tour below you’ll notice that I become tired as we only stopped and sat just before we left the Armory show.

Will Ryman statue with Judy Rey Wasserman at 2010, Marlborough Gallery’s booth at Armory Show 2010. I am not touching the art– it is an optical illusion I played with the camera set up!

At Harris Lieberman’s booth this untitled work by Bernd Ribbeck, 2009

At Gary Snyder Project Space a Sven Lukin, untitled, 1965. Even though I am 5’9″ tall, this work towers over me!

At Galerie Hussenot – Mounir Fatmi’s Mort ou Vif , 2009 at the Armory Show 2010

Armond Bartos fine art- gallery’s booth at the Armory Show 2010 featured this painting by Larry Rivers, Bar Mitzvah Photograph Painting. Rivers also lived and worked in Southampton, NY.

David captioned this Tweet himself, “A very graven image but cool, at Friedrich Petzel Gallery – Sean Landers – the Idiot 2003”

A Kara Walker work at Sikkema Jenkin’s booth at the 2010 Armory Show.

Kara Walker is a favorite contemporary artist, so the look on my face indicates only my aching feet and and need for some water to drink.

The ADAA Art show primarily featured blue chip artists, but this year there were very few larger works for sale.

James Cohan Gallery had a beautiful display featuring works by Roxy Paine, most seemed to be mock ups or small versions of her huge trees.

From our experience with the image above of Sean Lander’s black sculpture it was obvious that we could not due justice to Fred Wilson’s stunning and all black mirrors featured at Pace Wildenstein — but these provocative works are well worth seeing in person.

Julie Hefferman’s Self as Buildboy 2010, along with the lovely Eden Pilkington at P.P.O.W.’s booth.

A section of a wall of small works by Louise Bourgeois at Cheim and Read.

The continuing upswing for the art market is good news for dealers and hopeful news for artists. Savvy collectors are using this opportunity to discover emerging artists or under-priced works by mid-career artists. The public benefited as the dealers brought our more blue chip work that otherwise might only be seen in special shows or museums. Whatever, these shows attest that whatever the conditions of the world, we artists will continue to make art and people will continue to seek to experience it. It is just what we do.

Thanks to David Wasserman Robles for taking that uploading these iPhone photos and the galleries who were courteous and let us take them, Tweet them and share them.
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.

Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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08th Mar 2010

Christian and Jewish Theological Basis of Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art

The basic theology that Post Conceptual UnGraven Image Art theory is founded upon is absolutely held by all branches and denominations of Christians and Jews. Since Christianity is born from Judaism and Jesus and all of his disciples were Jewish, the two religions agree and share certain core theology.

Recently I was asked on Twitter by a Catholic friend, Christine Ryan, if I had any Christian art. My reply was that all of my UnGraven Image Art is Christian since it is based on Christian theology!

My art may also be classified as Jewish as it is also based on Jewish theology.

That theology is that the Creator speaks the physical universe into existence, beginning in Genesis 1:7 with, “Let there be light.”

The theology also holds that the letters of the words spoken by the Creator are the essences, the very basic stuff of the physical universe. Thus, theologically the letters of those words can be understood as the smallest waves and pre-particles of science.

I use biblical letters as strokes to symbolically represent the basic essences that elementary physics calls “strings” makes my work both religious and scientific, or secular art.

The amazing discovery about the special font, known as torah font, the Bible’s original font and the one that Jesus and his disciples were familiar with, is actually the only font in the world that is alpha-numeric, phonic and binary came later. These qualities not only add to the perfect seeming symbolism and fit between what science tells us of the strings and theologians know about the letters. When one studies both, it seems as if the two groups are simply using different terminology to describe similar phenomena.

Plus, Torah font has twenty-two basic letters and thus also incredibly references the eleven strings in our universe while the opposites exist in alternate universe(s).

Applying my artistic understanding and the correlations between the strings and contemporary science gives new meaning to teachings in both the Hebrew and Christian testaments.

For instance when Jesus says, “The kingdom of God is at hand”, it can be considered that He quite literally meant what He said. The Kingdom of God —the Words of the Lord – are actually right at hand in the here and now, wherever we each are at any moment. As the essentially essences – the building blocks of our physical universe—they must be for matter and energy to exist!

Dock Less Traveled

Until Post Conceptual Art theory, all of art was classified based upon its narrative, which means imagery. For instance a painting of the Last Supper is considered Christian while a painting of a Passover Seder is considered Jewish. Works of art that depict the people, places or things held sacred to a religion are considered religious, especially if it seems that was the artist’s intent, while works that do not are considered secular. For example a portrait of a mother and child is secular but one of Mary and the infant Jesus is religious or Miriam on the infant Moses is religious.

The Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art [Click HERE for free download of it] is the first art theory to focus on the stroke, which is the one element that must exist in any work of art in any discipline. In Post Conceptual Art the stroke is a symbol. In the branch known as UnGraven Image art the symbol is a Torah font letter from original Bible texts.

This new emphasis on the stroke as a symbol, plus using the symbols from Bible texts radically changes what would have been previously understood as secular imagery, con- religious portraits, landscapes, still lifes, flora and fauna, etc., into religious and simultaneously secular paintings.

My friend tweeted asking if I would paint a crucifixion with the words of the Pentateuch as strokes? I responded that there really is a prohibition in the Ten Commandants against painting an image of God, which was adhered to in the Early Church. Historically that was changed by a pope in order to help teach the Christian stories to a very illiterate populace in the Middle Ages.

My job as an artist is not to paint the past but the present, the now with The Divine at hand. Christians understand this as the risen and living “Word”. Jews refer to this as HaShem, the “Name”. Notice how close in meaning the nouns the Word and the Name are? A name is a word and a word is a name for someone or something. Notice also how both refer to a combination of letters that are capable of being spoken or written?

My art can be classified as secular It can be classified as science-based. It can be classified as religious and understood to convey important concepts of duality shared by most of the world’s religions, including Christianity and Judaism, due to the binary symbol strokes. And my art can be classified as being also and always fully Jewish or fully Christian due to the symbol strokes that are the letters of Bible texts that depict the basic theology that begins with, “Let there be light.”

Thanks to Christine Ryan for asking the question that inspired this blog! You can follow her on Twitter at @DuffyLifeCoach.
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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.

Check out the limited and open edition prints in the estore.

Follow her on Twitter at @judyrey .]

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