Articles in Category: Lloyd Bloom

Bloom’s Bittersweet Vision
Paintings by Lloyd Bloom

Written on May 26, 2010

Lot and his Daughters, acrylic on paper by Lloyd Bloom Courtesy the Chassidic Art Institute

Upon entering Lloyd Bloom’s exhibition at the Chassidic Art Institute one is confronted by a sweet beautiful image of a lamb skipping through the air in a puffy cloud landscape.  Right next to it is an image of a goat kid cuddled up in the lap of a young shepherd.  Further down the wall we see paintings depicting a young man leining from the Torah, then women lighting Shabbos candles and finally a father and son at the seder table, all candidates to be the most emblematic scene of Jewish life imaginable.  So too an emotional scene showing a crowd of traditional Jews embracing each other sweeps us away in a wave of familiar emotions.  All true until one picks up the gallery list of paintings with each work’s title.  Little by little the façade falls away and a much more serious and tragic patina adjusts the meaning of these intriguing artworks.

A New Perspective on Jewish Life
Paintings by Lloyd Bloom

Written on August 20, 2005

Jacob at Luz, Lloyd Bloom

Perspective is crucial to understanding.  When Jews greet one another with “vos macht a yid?” it means something entirely different than the jeers of ‘yid’ in the streets of Berlin.  The one point perspective in early Renaissance painting defined an individualistic centered universe of humanism.  In soaring ceilings of the Italian Baroque illusionist visions of vast heavens make the viewer feel insignificant and powerless, overwhelmed by the Counter Reformation Church’s total authority. Modernism’s chaotic points of view charted a culture in collapse, a fracture we are still struggling to mend.  It all depends on where you stand.  Perspective not only controls meaning but helps determine who we are as viewers.