From The Jewish Art Salon
Fields of Dreams: Living Shmita in the Modern World
Fallow (2015), a monoprint by Jan Ayers Friedman that uses the repeated and delicately modified impression of a dandelion to convey the cycle and intervals of shmita within the context of nature.
What is shmita? In Hebrew, shmita literally means “release.” According to the Torah, every seventh year is a shmita year - a year of release. When shmita comes around, agricultural fields in the Land of Israel are released from their usual burden and required to lie fallow. Farmers are released from most typical agricultural work as well. In addition, by biblical law, all those who have borrowed money during the previous six years are released from their personal debts. Fields of Dreams brings to life the modern-day dynamics of shmita and the ongoing relevance and power of its ideals.
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Into The Studio
TODD CAMPLIN, WEEKLY, 2014
Levine has gathered several artists with a similar approach to abstract art. Alison Jardine, Sonali Khatti, Marilyn Biles, Esther Ritz, Kiki Curry Winters,
Carol Ordemann, Jan Ayers Friedman, Deanna Kienast, and Tamara White all have abstraction as their main approach. I feel an earthy theme ran through many of the paintings and a real connection to the developments of High Modernist period. Carmen Menza and Ross Van Hunt are two artists that might translate better if you experienced the work live. But the information of thick paint comes across loud and clear.
Jan Ayers Friedman, Erika Jaeggli draw from the natural world, but Ayers Friedman pushes into the abstraction, where Jaeggli uses more playful illustrations of shapes.