Tychman Shapiro Gallery

SPRING Season



LASHON HARA:
A NARRATIVE ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF EVIL SPEECH

Featuring work by Washington artist, Robin Atlas

August 7 – September 28, 2014

“Our words have great power and have always been both a catalyst for destruction and a currency for salvation.”
Robin Atlas

Robin Atlas is a mixed media textiles artist working in the genre of Visual Midrash. The twenty works in this exhibit portray Lashon Hara* from Atlas’s personal experiences and through the teachings of the Torah and Chofetz Chaim (holy book on Jewish ethics).

Atlas’s deconstructed pieces combine hand-dyed collaged fabric which has been embroidered and machine stitched and incorporate paper, paint, trim, and beadwork. The exhibits’ interactive component welcomes the public to acknowledge Lashon Hara in their own lives via written notes, and then invited to post them. At the end of the exhibit these slips of paper will be turned into mulch to be incorporated in the JCC community garden, creating sustenance for growth.

*Lashon Hara: the halakhic term for derogatory speech about another person; literally translated means “evil tongue”.

RECEPTION: AUGUST 17, 5:30 - 7:00PM
SABES JCC