BySUSAN DUNNE, The Hartford Courant | January 11, 2012 The artist's critically acclaimed one-woman show stops for a month starting this week at the Mandell Jewish Community Center in West Hartford. It will be on display there until Feb. 25, alongside works from her "Urban Bubble" series of landscapes of New York City and Israel.Read more...
Urban BubbleJanuary 15 - February 25, 2012
Chase Family Gallery at the JCC of Greater Hartford
335 Bloomfield Avenue West Hartford, CT Opening Reception with the Artist: Sunday, January 15, 2-4 pm
THe Highline, 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 12 x 48 in.
Urban Bubble is a collection of architectural landscapes and figurative narratives that discuss ideas of cultural identity, spiritual awareness, and attaining perspective in the diversity of urban environments. Select paintings included from the series Hipsters and Hassids juxtapose the similarities between these two dominant cultures sharing the neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York. The dichotomy of the hipster and Hassidic Jewish ways of life plays on the Brooklyn resident Elke Reva Sudin’s own understanding of both worlds as a young artist and observant Jew.
Elke Reva Sudin received a BFA in Illustration from Pratt Institute in New York, and continues to work in commercial art as well as fine art. Sudin’s paintings have been exhibited at numerous galleries around New York City, receiving critical acclaim for the Hipsters and Hassids series. In 2010, Sudin and her filmmaker husband Saul founded Jewish Art Now, an organization for contemporary Jewish art, with the aim to redefine Jewish visual art and design for the 21st century. She has curated exhibitions at the Flomenhaft Gallery, Gallery Bar, Industry City, and has presented at the Jewish Art Salon, Limmud FSU, and JFNA’s Tribefest in Las Vegas. In 2011 Sudin was named one of the Jewish Week's “36 Under 36” Jewish innovators. www.elkerevasudin.com