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24th Sep 2014

Happy 5775 New Year and Birthday to You!

The Biblically commanded holiday of Rosh HaShannah celebrates the creation of Adam, the first human. As such it is understood as the birth of humankind, making it a kind of second birthday that you and I share. We all share this birthday, whatever religion, faith, creed or ideas that we each follow.

Currently, Jews and some Christians observe the holiday of Rosh HaShanna.  Yet in the Bible it is clear that this is a festival for everyone including the “stranger”, the neighbor, living in the midst of the Jews and the other tribes of Israel.

The words translate to Head (rosh) of the (ha) year (shanna). Like in English, the Hebrew word: “rosh”, means head like the one on your neck and also at the front, as in head of the class.

The Biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah. This translates to Day (yom) of raising noise, inherently a loud noise like a shout (teruah), and is referred to as the feast of Trumpets.

The trumpet used is a shofar, which is a ram’s horn.  It is a blast for the coronation of a king and also recalls the substitution of a ram, for Jacob as a sacrifice by Abraham. A total of 100 blasts from a shofar are made on each day of the festival.

Among the other Rosh Hashanah observances is the eating of an apple dipped in dipped in honey, to symbolize the hope for a new year of sweetness.

In the image above the apples bob as the notes of the shofar blast. All of the artistic strokes in this image are the Torah font letters from the Hebrew hymn, Aveinu Malkenu.  Aveinu Malkenu means:  Our Father, our King. This hymn is prominently sung during synagogue services on Rosh HaShannah.

Rosh HaShannah Song with strokes from Aveinu MalkenuRosh HaShannah Song, 2013. Strokes are the Torah font letters of the hymn, Aveinu Malkenu

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11th Sep 2014

Predicting the Future of Fine Art

The future of fine art is easy to predict in broad terms.

Art’s future is predictable because it continues to repeat its history – only in new configurations that use and stimulate the science, technology and social insights of its current times.

Yet the artists who are creating the future of art can be difficult to recognize, and invest in collecting their works. It is actually scientifically difficult to literally see, and then recognize what is truly revolutionary and new in its own time.

Few people have the ability (brains) that allow them to be early adopters in any field. This is because we actually perceive (including see) see through our memories. When something radically new, is presented to us it is actually difficult and uncomfortable for us to perceive it. Early adopters seem to enjoy this level of discomfort, their experiences with perceiving what is new have been positive (perhaps and especially as young children), so they naturally reach out for the unknown idea or item.

This kind of adoption is different from that of the majority who are eager to own the latest tech gadget that is really at best an improvement of previous gadgets that were generally accepted. Such a gadget is not really radically new. This is why tablets, which are really just a new form of PC, caught on quickly. They are basically smaller laptops or bigger PC-based phones. The original technology that was radically new, and climbed the mountain to gain acceptance was the idea of PCs and then that they could be linked through the something we now call the Internet.

In fine art this tends to make artists, even contemporary artists who are making works much like the artists of a previous generation acceptable. Thus Contemporary artists whose works resemble Picasso type abstractions, Abstract Expressionism, and Pop Art are acceptable but appear to be new because they use new materials or have some twist. These works are not revolutionary, just new twists on what was previously revolutionary. These artists and their works are discovered by the art world “cognoscenti” and accepted into a blue chip gallery fold. It is as if the fact that a work has sold for a high price somehow makes it radical, even revolutionary. Yet, art history shows that many works by now almost forgotten establishment artists sold for high prices in their day.

Currently once actually radical Conceptual art and artists like Lawrence Weiner are now also accepted. Now that these works are accepted, they are not actually currently radically new, but they were radical and pioneering until enough (a tipping point) of had enough encounters with them so they could readily be seen and understood.

Ironically this ready acceptance of artists who are new with a slight twist but not really revolutionary is also predictable and a part of art’s history.

In fine art the past exists to give us shoulders to stand on so we can see and direct a path to the future. Art (I mean great art) is ALWAYS revolutionary, which implies a lack of nostalgia — just ask Gauguin and probably the other artists who overturned the established norm of their time.

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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 at ungravenimage.com. Get a copy of the currently free prior to and during an upcoming crowd funding campaign e book: In the Beginning via the right hand column on this page or via http://artofseeingthedivine.com/booklet.htm.

Check out the investment quality limited edition prints and decorative fine art at the online store and secure shopping cart. All purchases 100% guaranteed satisfaction. Plus, you can also get a copy of In the Beginning (still free at the date of this blog) or the “Manifesto of UnGraven Image Art – a Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Strokes”, plus gain membership to the mailing list via the store.

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