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FENTSTER presents
Jeremiah: ha'aretz

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Simon Glass, Jeremiah: ha'aretz (2011). Currently installed at FENTSTER.

Extended through October 2017

For the window gallery, FENTSTER, Toronto artist Simon Glass creates an installation featuring new work, exhibited publicly for the first time. Four gilt Hebrew letters on blackened airplane doors spell out the word “ha’aretz” meaning “the land.” The word and the installation relate to the artist’s ongoing interest in a particular passage from the biblical book Jeremiah in which the doomsayer prophet echoes language from Breishit (Genesis). Where Genesis describes the creation of people, living creatures and birds flying over the land, Jeremiah sees a barren landscape on the brink of destruction. Glass considers the way in which Jeremiah’s mirroring of Breishit is refracted in contemporary reality. In transcribing “ha’aretz” onto the salvaged scrap yard doors of a civilian aircraft, Glass suggests taking a bird’s-eye view of the scarred land. Seeing ha-aretz from above, defects become distant and borders blur, offering the potential for healing that Jeremiah longed for.

Read an interview with the artist about the exhibition here.

UPCOMING
Simon Glass’ exhibition “The Ten Commandments/Prohibitied Weapons and The Thirteen Attributes of God” at the McMaster Museum of Art in Hamilton from August 17 to December 2 with an opening reception on September 14, 6 to 8 PM.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Simon Glass is an artist and educator based in Toronto. In his artistic practice, archival and original photographic imagery is combined with mystical, biblical and liturgical Hebrew. Recently, his work has gravitated toward installation and examines prophecy in the context of the possibilities and impossibilities of translation, the philosophy of language and the conflation of future and past. Glass graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1983 where he trained as a photographer and visual artist. He completed an M.A. in Media and Communication at the European Graduate School in 2005. Glass’ work has been exhibited widely in group and solo exhibitions throughout Canada and internationally. Glass is an Associate Professor at OCAD University where he teaches photography and cross-disciplinary art. In 2016, Glass presented his recent research, “Hebrew Scripture as Concrete Poetry” at the annual conference of the British Association for Jewish Studies in Birmingham, UK.

ABOUT FENTSTER
Presenting site-specific installations of contemporary art connected to the Jewish experience, FENTSTER (Yiddish for "window") is an independent artist-run exhibition space located in the storefront window of Makom: Creative Downtown Judaism. Makom is a diverse, grassroots, downtown Toronto community fusing Jewish tradition and progressive values. FENTSTER projects are on view 24/7.

FENTSTER @ Makom, 402 College Street, Toronto, ON M5T 1S8
Curator | Evelyn Tauben
info@fentster.org
www.fentster.org


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