In the Beginning
The artist will give a talk on pm.
In his most recent body of work, Budovitch introduces the carp as an embodiment of the universal, human imagination.
Intrigued by the 2003 story of a New York fishmonger who reported that one of his carp had spoken to him in Hebrew “emphatically advising the storeowner to be a good person,” Budovitch elaborates on this anecdote in unique and richly rendered sketches involving Jewish history, Talmudic study and some of the most pressing problems of all time – violence and justice, nature and science, and translation. This work also reveals to the viewer how turns of phrase, irony and laughter bring out our deepest response to the dilemmas of life.
Autumn in Chicago, Through the Window
Acrylic on canvas
Budovitch was born and raised in Chicago and grew up along the shores of Lake Michigan, combing the sand, fishing, swimming and exploring the urban landscape of Chicago’s downtown and ethnic neighborhoods. Everyday experiences gave him an instinctual sense for nature, the urban environment and the mysterious border at which they meet.
His art reflects his experience of Chicago, his love for fish, geology and languages (he is a student of Arabic, German, Yiddish and Aramaic). The BEKI exhibition introduces a number of painted canvases featuring Chicago, an important theme in the artist’s portfolio. “I feel an itch in Chicago,” says Budovitch, “when the Winter dries the asphalt until it’s white, when the sweet smell of rotting leaves blows from the Lake in the Fall – I feel an unsettling itch, as though I could reach out, peel back a layer of reality, and find something great. I paint what I see in my head - something between what my eyes perceive and what I sense is behind that veil.”
Fish in Prayer Shawl 2
Budovitch holds a BA in Philosophy from Yale. For the most part, he has studied art independently and has been greatly influenced by mentors and writers. His work has been exhibited in several Chicago galleries, publicly displayed in Israel, and privately commissioned. He has pursued his love of water as a recreational fisherman, surfer, and professional oysterman. He divides his time between Chicago, New Haven, and Tel Aviv.
Beth El-Kesser Israel
85 Harrison Street, New Haven CT.
All images courtesy of the artist