Tonight, concurrent to the new gallery exhibition of Spanish artist Jordi Alcaraz, a celebrated Israeli poet, Amir Or, will read from his poems. The evening event is sponsored by the USC Initiative for Israeli Arts & Humanities, Ruth Weisberg, Director.
Born in Tel Aviv, Amir Or has published seven books of poetry and has been translated in more than twenty languages.
He has been honored with the Prime Minister’s Award, the Bernstein Award and the Holon Award; and for his translations of poetry from ancient Greek, Amir Or received an honorary award from the Israeli Ministry of Culture.
In Rutberg’s current exhibition, Jordi Alcaraz: Altered States, the Spanish-based artist furthers his explorations and near-obsessive ruminations on the limits of interior/exterior concepts, reality and evocation, presence versus absence, volume and void – the rational and the poetic.
Even boundaries created by frames enclosing his paintings and drawings are altered in extraordinary ways, calling into question these distinctions. It’s a beautiful, eery and cannily contemporary exhibition.
Chamber music is upcoming in November at Rutberg’s welcoming gallery on LaBrea Avenue. Produced by Music & Conversations, the evening of chamber music by the California String Quartet features singer Moira Smiley, and opens with a wine tasting. It’s priced very reasonably and evenings at Rutberg’s are fun, friendly and illuminating.
Poetry reading, chamber music | Jordi Alcaraz: Altered States | Jack Rutberg Fine Arts | information.