EXHIBITION DATES  October 20 - December 11th, 2005


Jesse Reichek's source for the 334 works in this series,
done between 1980 and 1988, was:

 KABBALAH

The Kabbalah is the preeminent form of Jewish mysticism - specifically, the search for the Divine. One of its primary texts is the Zohar (The Book of Splendor), written some eight hundred years ago. Kabbalah evolved as commentary on and interpretation of the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament) and the entire corpus of Jewish theosophy. It is claimed the Divine first taught the text to the Angels before creation. After that, it was given to Adam, Abraham, and, finally, to Moses. This tradition of "giving" and "receiving" is at the core of Kabbalah.

The mysteries of Kabbalah also describe "The Tree of Life" - the "Ladder of Light," commenting on all that is known, is unknown, and will remain unknown. This is not a tradition of answers, but a commitment to exploration; not a system, but a series of relationships.

Kabbalah asks one to explore such profound questions as the origins and end of the uni   verse, the nature of time and space, the relationships between deep structure and surface appearances, and the origins of evil. This exploration in itself is a collaboration in creation.

In these paintings, Reichek engages the Kabbalah's concerns of integrating dimensions - vertical and horizontal - content and form - color and scale.  The  seminal role of alphabet and numerology in Kabbalah is engaged in an expansive visual syntax and morphology; the ineffable name of the Divine, YHWH, is the central visual component. Kabbalah is the key to exploring Reichek's philosophy of painting and life. For Kabbalah, and for Reichek, a moral life reflects the dual ethical obligation to heal oneself and repair the world.

Barry Weisberg
Chicago
, Illinois, Sept, 2005
 

"You shall not create a graven image."

Reichek radically reinterpreted the second commandment, transforming the classical prohibition into an intentional pursuit. In an active and purposeful avoidance of the graven image, he elaborated structure, relationship and interconnection the Divine. For Reichek, painting was spiritual discipline, meditation, and prayer. In the two series of works titled "One" and "Exegesis" presented here, Reichek engaged "Kabbalah" perplexing and delightful, overwhelming and comforting.

  "zikrono lv'racha"

Jesse was my rabbi. He taught by example. He davened with a brush.
We inherit the record and the memory of his life as a challenge
-may we accept this challenge as a blessing.

Rabbi James Brandt
Napa -
Oakland, California, Sept. 2005

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The following photographs of the exhibition were taken by Jonathan Reichek:

                                                                   

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JESSE REICHEK RETROSPECTIVE  --- PARTNERS IN CREATION

Works from 1947 to 2005

Creators Equity Foundation
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