Chase Family Gallery
The Torah Series
October 23 - November 30, 2014
In fifty-four paintings, Scott Switzer has created a personal and urgent vision of the Torah, the first five books of the Hebrew Bible. In his Torah Series, he has taken the portions of the scripture read weekly in a Jewish synagogue and conceived of them in the language of expressionism, using gestural brush strokes, abstraction, and layered imagery. The result is a kaleidoscopic flood of visual poetry – a striking, complex, and dream-like immersion. Beyond depicting significant figures and events, the emphasis is on the artist’s personal encounter with the Torah, presenting it as a realm of feeling, where literal images are subject to symbolic and emotive morphing, along with the addition of symbols and words in Hebrew.
In her ongoing series “Cakes,” Marks uses the birthday cake as a subject matter for its levity (iconic, celebratory object) as much as for its gravity (representing the passage of time and how we mark time). She began working on a small series of monotypes of cakes — birthday cakes, in warm and cool blacks and whites — “noir cakes” — to mark the occasion of her late husband’s birthday two years after his death. Gradually the series expanded to include other colors and many cakes as she came to think of the birthday cakes as a timeline — spanning a lifetime, perhaps.
The Chase Family Gallery presents six to eight major exhibits each year, with works ranging from contemporary to classical to avant garde. Opening reception parties allow members to meet the artists, mingle with their friends, and get a sneak preview of the pieces on display.