Week #10 Finalist: Elke Reva Sudin

Elke Reva Sudin, Hipster Couple, Hassidic Family
Elke Reva Sudin, Hipster Couple, Hassidic Family

We are glad to announce Elke Reva Sudin as a finalist of The Art Sprinter Emerging Jewish Artists Awards. Together with nine other contest finalists, Undine will exhibit her artworks in One Art Space gallery on June 3, 2015. Also, Elke Reva will be interviewed for the contest’s website and featured in the 2015 Art Sprinter Catalog.

Elke Reva Sudin, Urban Bubble
Elke Reva Sudin, Urban Bubble

Elke Reva Sudin is a visual artist inspired by new and imagined cross-cultural intersections as they converge with her Jewish identity. Her artwork deals with the tension between the traditional and the contemporary as a consequence of a growing globalized society. Her aim is to use her art as a bridge, creating harmony between visual and societal chaos.

Sudin received critical acclaim for her “Hipsters and Hassids” painting series and has been featured in The New York Times, The NY Daily News, The New Yorker, New York Press, Haaretz, EL PAÍS, The WG News, The Hartford Courant, World Net Daily, and Tablet Magazine.

In 2010, Sudin founded the media outlet Jewish Art Now with the aim to redefine Jewish art in the 21st Century, and has curated programs at Works In Progress, the Flomenhaft Gallery, Gallery Bar, and Industry City, in New York.

Elke Reva Sudin, 2am Tisch
Elke Reva Sudin, 2am Tisch

Sudin received a BFA in Illustration from Pratt Institute in New York. In 2011, Sudin was named one of the Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” young Jewish innovators and in 2013 participated in the PresenTense fellowship in New York.

In 2013 Sudin founded CreaCo, a program at the Brooklyn College Hillel that uses art to unite cultural diversity on campus.

Recently, Sudin founded the company NY Drawing Booth which brings artists to events drawing 2-minute portraits on iPads.

Sudin lives with her filmmaker husband Saul in Brooklyn, New York. Her latest series “We Are Patriarchs” has been touring in the US. Follow her @elkerevasudin.

Website: www.elkerevasudin.com

Elke Reva Sudin, Sunday Morning
Elke Reva Sudin, Sunday Morning

Artist Statement:

My art deals with the tension between the traditional and the contemporary coexisting in a shared space. I do this by painting portraits and urban landscapes that reflect cultural phenomena, using a combination of linear graphics, geometrical ornament, fish-eye views, and multiple perspectives to condense a culmination of views into a single image. This technique is inspired by teachings in the Kabbalah in Judaism where contradictory truths are able to exist at the same time, and this allows me to show a transcendence of time and space, and bring multiple avenues for entry and awareness.

My paintings are steeped in traditional realism, yet share in the graphic qualities of our current visual culture. The work intentionally balances easy to distinguish characteristics making it approachable to a broader audience, while containing deeper layers of meaning left up to  the viewer’s interpretation.

By uniting incongruous worldsin a colorful energetic and playful manner, I work to make an impact on social norms, and help broaden the perspective of the viewer. My art is a bridge, uniting current trends of this generation while respecting the traditions of previous generations, where the ancient and the modern coexist in a transcendence of contradiction.

Elke Reva Sudin, Shabbat Afternoon in Leahs Tent
Elke Reva Sudin, Shabbat Afternoon in Leahs Tent

We are Patriarchs evokes the legacy of Biblical characters and archetypes drawing them into the 21st Century with contemporary oil portraits that suggest classical European master painters by way of Anglo-Japanese Japonisme, and graffiti street art.

These 15 works display the multi-cultural melting pot of global Jewry from award winning gourmet chefs to renowned world musicians, bloggers, converts, Rabbis, and tattooed heroines all equally featured. Each is a representation of a prominent figure from the Hebrew tradition, leaders in their time who continue to inspire.

The Bible states that there were 10 generations from the creation of Adam to Noah’s flood, and 10 more from The Flood to Abraham and monotheism. Sudin reinterprets this for a new era finding significance in the 10 generations from the Industrial Revolution to today. Modern technology has enabled the most informed, educated generation and yet we are lost in a sea of choices that ignore the wisdom of our predecessors.

This series seeks to bring back a sense of continuity, to show a correlation between the ancient and the modern, and recognize that the steps in between have all played a role in how we live in this world. Every generation influences the next, and We Are Patriarchs of the future.

Elke Reva Sudin, 12 Tribes
Elke Reva Sudin, 12 Tribes
Elke Reva Sudin, Deborah Rises in Judgment
Elke Reva Sudin, Deborah Rises in Judgment
Elke Reva Sudin, Yael
Elke Reva Sudin, Yael
Elke Reva Sudin, The Offerings
Elke Reva Sudin, The Offerings