4 2021

"Entropy Warriors" Exhibit Opens at BEKI

9:15AM - 1:00PM  

Congregation Beth El–Keser Israel (BEKI) 85 Harrison Street
New Haven, CT 06515-1724

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Art exhibition of work by Bruce Oren, who is a painter, photographer, draughtsman and designer, but primarily a stone sculptor working in marble, limestone, granite and soapstone.

Entitled “Entropy Warriors,” this exhibition of sculpture, photography and paintings will be on display from December 4 to February 26.

Oren studied fine art at the University of Maryland. For nearly thirty years, he kept a day job as photo editor and informational graphics reporter at the Houston Chronicle.

He is a direct carver of stone. He begins carving without preconception, maquette or plan, letting the stone initially dictate its form. After the stone is roughly carved, “the rock reveals its images hidden inside,” he explains. “It’s nothing cosmic. It’s like seeing shapes in clouds — a variety of natural gestalt closure.” Some of his work plays on one’s mind seeing figurative images in random or abstract shapes. 

Judaism informs his art, “Just as it informs nearly everything I do to some degree,” he explains. “We are, after all, just ridiculous collections of our combined experience.”

Join us in the gallery after kiddush lunch on Saturday, January 8 for a conversation with the artist, starting at 12:45 pm.