About Dov Lederberg

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Dov Lederberg

Artist at a glance:
  Visionary Kabbalah Art
About the artist:
  Short Biography
Dov Lederberg grew up in the Philadelphia area (Central HS 211) and began his involvement in the arts at Haverford College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Fine Arts, concentrating on the experimental film and became an active film-maker within The New American Underground. One of his works, entitled "Eargogh", an interpretation of the life of Vincent Van Gogh starring Jack Smith and Marie Menken, was widely screened at the time. In the late Sixties Dov studied in rabbinical seminaries in the States and Israel. Between 1970 and 1994 he worked as an independent film director, mainly for Israel Television, making documentary and educational films.

Since 1983 Dov has been deeply involved in using new art mediums and techniques to express the subtle ideas of Jewish mystical teachings and meditation. He has created many original acrylic paintings inspired by the Hebrew letters in the scribal style, as well as fractal visions of Bible events, the texture of the rock surface at the Wailing Wall and the Dynamics of Marriage. His current work is involved with kabbalah mandalas, collages of found objects and visual dialogues. His paintings and video art are exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and Israel.
Dov lives in Jerusalem with his wife, the artist, Yael Avi-Yonah.

Artist's Manifesto
I regard myself as a Jewish visionary artist, continuing in the tradition of the Biblical artisan, Bezalel, whose name means "in the shadow of G-d", which implies being essentially a 'receiver' of spiritual vision. This means that in spite of much pre-study, most of my works 'developed' unexpectedly and from a super rational source, which fortunately is beyond my control. This process is called in the Kabbalah, drawing from the infinite Unknowable Head and is the essence of all great art as opposed to good draftsmanship or commercial graphics, where everything is preconceived and deliberate.

After the work has been received or "born", there is then an editorial selection and examination, where I try to find a corroboration in Torah sources, which can and should continue for many years after, and not only by the artist, but by anyone who relates to and is inspired by the work.