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.
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.