Stanford Art Spaces
March 17, 2006 to May 11, 2006, Stanford Art Spaces features this exhibit:

Roni Feldman
Airbrush Paintings
Nena Jaye
Deborah Karasik & Janet Mednick

The Space Of Heaven SF MoMA Rothko Room



This exhibit is located on the Stanford University campus, primarily in the Center for Integrated Systems (CIS). The building is open 8:30 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. A directory is available at the CIS reception desk.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or

Roni Feldman
The Space of Heaven - Zeitgeist Bar © 2006

“Using light as my primary medium, my paintings explore the space where the sacred and profane meet. Amorphous, luminescent figures contrast architectural spaces, and occasionally glass micro-beads provide iridescent effects. I draw from religious and mystical traditions for my imagery. For example, my amorphous silhouettes respond to traditional Western images of Heaven. While old masterworks depict who inhabits Heaven, they typically exclude details of the landscape beyond puffy clouds and putti. I reverse the situation and apply the silhouettes to scenes of contemporary life. This abstraction and re-contextualization blurs the line between transcendence and imminence and questions where and what the sacred is. Despite the spiritual overtones, I simultaneously suggest irony and social satire in my use of public spaces as sacred ground. Such metaphysical antinomies drive my practice.”

For more paintings by Roni Feldman, click here.

Nena Jaye
Persephone © 2006

“When approaching an empty canvas, I begin with an abstract feeling or notion from my dreams - an unrelenting idea in need of realization. My art is a means of liberating myself of thought and emotion. Until that release, I feel haunted by this abstract notion. My ideas are mainly inspired by the natural world. Using paints, papers, and a variety of organic elements, I interpret nature’s character and convey its emotion through color, texture and movement. The emotional influence for my work is always a spontaneous response to my inner voice. No piece can be duplicated since its creation and birth has already journeyed through time and space. My greatest enjoyment is re-experiencing an art piece with a viewer whose imagination is unleashed as they realize their own interpretation of the work. I am enriched each time I hear a viewer describe what they see within the color and texture. The abstract expression of my art transforms to fulfill the individual mind’s eye, bringing inspiration and meaning.”

For more paintings by Nena Jaye, click here.

Deborah Karasik & Janet Mednick
Hollywood Boulevard © 2006

Spike Redux © 2006

quilt a textile composed of three layers, a top, a batting/filler and a backing, sewn through all layers, with bound edge.

“Why quilts as art? In Early America, quilts were made for survival and warmth, to make use of all precious fabric scraps, to hold close the memories of families separated by prairies and mountains, and to add beauty, whenever possible, to the harsh conditions pioneer women and their families faced daily upon settling in remote and dangerous country. Many beautiful quilts were made with the barest of tools, supplies, light and time. Quilts supplied the ‘art’ that their human nature craved and were treasured by generations. We make quilts because after a hard day's work in our modern world we, too, still take pleasure in and desire to create comfort and art. We revisit the same basic quilt patterns used for centuries, changing them in ways that please us and reflect our 21st century lives and experiences. We use today's ‘tools’; the plentiful fabrics from around the world, the modern sewing machine, the good ‘indoor lighting’, the computer design programs. Our quilts are placed on beds or hung on walls in order to savor both their visual beauty and their intrinsic connection to those anonymous artists of thread and needle that came before us.”

For more quilts by Deborah Karasik & Janet Mednick, click here.

Most works are for sale directly from the artists. For information, contact M. Grossman, Curator, at (650) 725-3622 or
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