Mystical 3-D Jewish Art: An Interview With Dov Lederberg (INTERVIEW)

December 27, 2013 4:40 pm 0 comments

The Mystery of Conception.

Dov Lederberg has been ahead of his time by roughly 30 years or so, as far as Chassidic artists go. Dov, together with his late wife Yael, has explored Judaism and Chassidus through the lens of abstract, digital (and sometimes 3D) work. Dov lives in Jerusalem, and I recently conducted an interview with him.

Q. Please introduce yourself.

A. I am an emerging artist in the context of creating works or gestalts whose various meanings “emerge” to my audience (and to myself) with repeated viewings.

I am a chassidic artist, first of all, via genetics, being a direct scion of the Maggid of Mezeritz, for whom I am named, and of course via my studies and contacts with the Rebbe and other great teachers.

Lederberger. STONEFIRE#4

Stonefire.

Q. How long have you looked at yourself as an artist?

A. During my teenage and early college years, I was involved with English Lit and creative writing. This is going back 55 years. My turn to the visual arts came with my exposure to lyric “underground” film-making, and I became deeply involved in the Sixties art scene in the Lower East Side in New York City. Since my aliyah to Israel in 1967, I have worked as a documentary film director for Israel TV and other venues, and also  created many video art compositions. My switch to paintin started about 20 years ago with my marriage to the world-class artist, Yael Avi-Yonah, OBM.

Q. What is the relationship between your Judaism and your art?

A. My brand of Judaism (call it Chassidus) is a strong catalyst for innovation and renewal and certainly influences and inspires my art, even though the finished canvas may not seem overtly Jewish or what most people call Jewish Art. For example, some of my best ideas have come to me when I am immersing in the waters of the mikve.

Q. What message do you like to convey to viewers through your art?

A. I like to create art that invites interaction and discovery and leads to expanded consciousness and even intimations of a mystical experience. To enhance this I like to use 3-D Avatar glasses or allow the painting to be turned upside down, revealing new perspectives.

Q. How do you integrate art into your life?

A. There is Jewish Art and there is the Art of Being a Jew. I try to juggle both artistically.

Q. Share a recent project.

yael and celestials

Yael and Celestials.

A. My last major project was a series of montaged photography, called Catharsis, dealing with the bereavement period after the passing of my dear wife, Yael Avi-Yonah, OBM. Click to view.

Q. Who or what are your influences/inspirations?

A. Judaic, artistic, and other. My major life-changing influence was the Lubavitcher Rebbe. I also was fortunate to find and connect with, in Israel, great Torah teachers such Harav Adin Steinzalz and Harav Yitzchok Ginsburgh.

Q. Please recommend another admired artist.

A. My wife, Yael Avi-Yonah, OBM.

Q. What is your advice for emerging artists?

A. Be true to your inner vision and not cater to what you think others may like or find acceptable. Before beginning a painting be like Nachson before the Red Sea and plunge into the waters up to your neck and with G-d’s grace, the Sea and the See will open before you. Be alert to serendipity and realize that all is Hasgacha or Divine Providence.

Q. Please summarize yourself in one sentence.

A. I am one of the pioneers in what I call the Third Temple Messianic art movement, the return of prophecy and envisioning to Israel.

Q. In your definition; What is Jewish Art ?

A. Jewish Art should be faithful to its root in Hebrew – אמן – which shares a nexus of meaning to אמונה – faith and אמת – truth and נאמן – faithful.

More of Dov’s work can be seen on his Website.

Leave a Reply

Please note: comments may be published in the Algemeiner print edition.


Current day month ye@r *

More...

  • Sports US & Canada Israeli-American Group Congratulates Cavaliers’ Blatt on Reaching NBA Finals

    Israeli-American Group Congratulates Cavaliers’ Blatt on Reaching NBA Finals

    JNS.org – An organization whose work focuses on the estimated population of 500,000-800,000 Israeli Americans congratulated David Blatt, the Jewish head coach of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers and a longtime Israel-based coach, for clinching an appearance in the NBA Finals. The Israeli-American Council (IAC), whose stated mission is “to build an active and giving Israeli-American community throughout the United States in order to strengthen the State of Israel, our next generation, and to provide a bridge to [...]

    Read more →
  • Food Bacon Ben and Jerry’s Not Going to Happen Because It’s Not Kosher

    Bacon Ben and Jerry’s Not Going to Happen Because It’s Not Kosher

    Ben & Jerry’s Marketing Director Alison Gilbert told AOL’s morning show Rise that the ice cream brand will not add bacon to any of its products because that would not be kosher. “It’s kind of funny, a lot of people look for bacon in our ice cream, which is probably not gonna happen because all of our ice cream is kosher,” she said, referring to Jewish dietary restrictions that proscribe the consumption of pig meat. Almost all Ben & Jerry’s [...]

    Read more →
  • Israel Sports Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli Judo Team Faces Antisemitic Harassment in Morocco: ‘We Will Murder You’

    Israeli athletes at a world Judo championship in Morocco reportedly faced antisemitic slurs during the competition, news site WorldNetDaily reported on Monday. “We will murder you,” and “you’re not wanted here, go home,” were among the vituperative attacks directed at the Israeli Judo Association team, which was in Morocco last week for the World Masters Judo Tournament. According to Haaretz, each Israeli teammate was met with boos and jeers upon entering a fight. Additionally, no Israeli flags were present at [...]

    Read more →
  • Music US & Canada Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Lady Gaga Accepts ADL Award: ‘Your Philosophies Are So in Line With Ours’ (VIDEO)

    Pop superstar Lady Gaga on Thursday accepted an award from Jewish human rights group the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on behalf of her Born This Way Foundation, which strives to combat bullying among young people. “Your philosophies are so in line with ours,” she said of the ADL upon accepting the Making a Difference Award in a videotaped message, which was shown at a ceremony in New York City. “We want to help young people know that their feelings and who they are on [...]

    Read more →
  • Music Personalities At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    At 80, Singer-Songwriter Leonard Cohen’s Jewish Roots ‘Very Much Intact’

    JNS.org – Eighty years young, Leonard Cohen fits many descriptions—singer, songwriter, poet, novelist, monk. From his Jewish upbringing in Canada to the present day, Cohen has always explored his spiritual side. This month, the singer-songwriter released the CD (May 12) and iTunes (on May 8 of this year) formats of his latest album, Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, which features live recordings from his world tours in 2012 and 2013. Last year, Cohen’s Popular Problems was voted by Rolling Stone [...]

    Read more →
  • Europe Sports FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    FIFA Head Says Israel Should Not be Booted From World Soccer Association

    JNS.org – Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) head Sepp Blatter said during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that contrary to Palestinian complaints, Israel has not violated any FIFA statutes and should not be suspended from international soccer’s governing body. “We should not come to one federation saying we will exclude them,” said Blatter, the Jerusalem Post reported. “If the national association is fulfilling its obligations then there is no need to intervene,” he said. “I’m on a [...]

    Read more →
  • Featured Middle East Sports Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish Rights Group Slams Palestinian Attempts to Suspend Israel From FIFA

    Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) said on Tuesday it was “appalled” by a Palestinian Football Association initiative to suspend Israel from FIFA, calling it another “front waged in the context of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) campaign.” “We are appalled at the temerity of the Palestinan Football Association (PFA) demand that FIFA suspend Israel at your forthcoming Congress in Zurich,” wrote the group’s international relations director, Dr. Shimon Samuels, in a letter to FIFA President Joseph [...]

    Read more →
  • Theater US & Canada Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    Star of Auschwitz Thriller Says ‘God Was Holding the Hand of Every Jew in the Gas Chamber’ (VIDEO)

    The lead actor in Son of Saul, an Auschwitz thriller featured at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, told the UK’s The Guardian that he believes God was “holding the hand” of each Jew who died in the Nazi gas chambers during the Holocaust. “I do not for one nanosecond like to pretend that God is off the hook. He could and should have stopped it at a much earlier stage,” Géza Röhrig, 48, said. ”But I would not be able to get [...]

    Read more →



Sign up now to receive our regular news briefs.