The words American and Jewish next to each other stuck on my brain as
being about national identity. My birth certificate and citizenship are
located in California. Canada has been a part of my experience from the
age six and on. The specific locations where I actually experienced my
childhood were tied to Israel, a place that I did not physically experience
until I was seventeen. Experience is memory. My memory complex is relevant
to all my work.
It seems that people have been floating across oceans for a long time
and through the centuries several were probably Jews. After all, there
have been plenty of reasons for Jews to drift away from other places.
I came on the scene in this region due to choices made a hundred years
ago by great grandparents. I am a Jew due to choices made by generations
since whenever. Each generation chooses to sustain a Jewish identity and
remain associated with Jewish experience and ideas. *
I was first contacted to participate in a JCL show because my Aleph-Bet
work was related to the theme that year. There was not space for a 22
piece series, so I devised a hypertext rendition as participation in the
show. Since then I have been notified of the theme and responded to it.
For Ketonet Passim and Icons,
I stuck with hypertext as a media. This year I decided to make a physical
piece. At first I was going to make a full sized flag. On second thought,
I decided size was not a primary concern so I went miniature. The strip
on the left is text code of a digital image of the Aleph
I went on line to get the dimensions of the three flags. Fishing for flags
linked me into an Internet wave of nationalistic disinformation. National
emblems interlace with social and political concerns relating nationalistic
ideas. I noted that a lot of web literature of paranoid America is quite
sophisticated and well written. It not aimed at a lunatic fringe, but
rather, educated Americans. Tripping into the world of Internet paranoia
and disinformation was an American Jewish Experience.
Los Lunas Inscription is an abridged version of the Decalogue or Ten Commandments,
carved into the flat face of a large boulder resting on the side of Hidden
Mountain, near Los Lunas, New Mexico, about 35 miles south of Albuquerque.
The language is Hebrew, and the script is the Old Hebrew alphabet, with
a few Greek letters mixed in.
In general, if the Los Lunas inscription is old-Hebrew, it is no younger
than 600 B.C.E. because after that old-Hebrew came to be gradually replaced
by the square-Hebrew alphabet. The old-Hebrew and hoenician characters
used to be almost identical from 1100 B.C. to 600 B.C. [http://webcom.com/mhc/archaeology]
the work of Wendy Angel
in the Jewish Community Library’s annual art exhibit –
America and I: Community Artists Reflect on the American Jewish
Experience. The show will take place from April 3 –
June 30, and is part of the Bureau’s Feast of Jewish Learning
celebrating 350 Years of Jewish Life in America.
Sunday, April 3rd, 2-4 pm America and I, runs through
Bay Area artists reflect on the American Jewish experience in this
far-reaching and provocative exhibit.
of American Jewish Life with Marc Dollinger
The impressive achievements and unexpected challenges that have
faced generations of American Jews over three and a half centuries.
Tuesday, April 12th, 7:30 pm
Community Library is located on the campus of the Jewish Community
High School, 1835 Ellis Street (between Scott and Pierce Streets),
2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94115. The Library hours are:
Sunday 12-4, Monday 10-4, Tuesday 12-6, Wednesday 10-4, Thursday
12-8. The Library is closed on Friday and Saturday.
The Library’s telephone number is (415) 567-3327, ext. 704;
fax (415) 567-4542; e-mail: email@example.com, Web: www.bjesf.org.