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Video Screenings of Works by Victor Raphael at Oregon Jewish Museum

The Artist will be present at the event, set for Wednesday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Art by Victor Raphael
Image from Victor Raphael courtesy: www.ojm.org

(PORTLAND, Ore.) - A rare evening with Los Angeles based artist Victor Raphael, his art videos, and other art-related documentaries.

Victor Raphael

In an informal conversation with the audience and museum staff members, the artist discusses the creative process of these distinct videos.

Filmed at locations spanning the world, titles to be shown include but are not limited to his Japanese travelogue Travels in the Floating World, A Call to Prayer (shot on location in Istanbul's largest synagogue), and Raphael's homage to natural beauty entitled A Visit to the Hubbard Glacier.

With over twenty years of video experimentation to choose from, OJM is also pleased to include Raphael's 1986 short entitled One Gesture of the Heart: A Tribute to Jackson Pollock and his most recent 2010 video unexplained phenomena.

Raphael's program is in conjunction with his current exhibition, The Heavens Spread Out Like A Prayer Shawl, on view at the Oregon Jewish Museum through September 4, 2011.

Funding provided in part by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Oregon Jewish Museum
1953 NW Kearney St, Portland OR 97209
General Public: $10  Members: $8
Reservations at www.ojm.org or call 503-226-3600

More About Victor Raphael

Victor Raphael works in a range of media—including painting, photography, digital art, printmaking, and video—and has a long history of combining traditional media with contemporary electronic technologies. Raphael has applied gold and metal leaf to the surfaces of photographs for over thirty years. Through his work, Raphael explores the broad themes of time and space through his investigations of nature, deep space, art history, spirituality, and the supernatural. In his own words, he is “interested in the big questions and in the smallest detail that reveals something divine.”

Raphael’s work is in many collections, including: Bibliothèque Nationale de France,Huan Tie Times Art Museum (Beijing), Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Sol LeWitt Collection, Polaroid Collection, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, the Skirball Cultural Center, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, USC Fisher Museum of Art, and Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Pepperdine University.

In 1996, Raphael’s work was included in the traveling exhibition Polaroid 50: Art and Technology as one of the fifty best examples of Polaroid photography. In the fall of 2005, he became the first artist-in-residence at Hebrew Union College and created a permanent installation in a classroom, Nachamu, Nachamu: The Heavens Spread Out Like A Prayer Shawl. Last year, USC Fisher Museum of Art presented a thirty-year survey of Raphael’s work.

Raphael collaborates with artists regularly. Currently he is working with Clayton Spada on a digital print project exploring the intersection of science, nature, and philosophy, and with David Jordan Williams to create video and digital prints of extraordinary encounters with the unknown.Raphael continues to collaborate with computer pioneer Jean-Pierre Hebert.

Visit the artist's website for more information.




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