Excerpted from j., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California]
What could Moses, Abraham and Sarah possibly have in common with Superman, Wonder Woman and Wolverine?
In Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik’s art, at least, they all inhabit the same
complex, colorful world — one in which caped crusaders and Jewish text
engage with ease.
“So many of these characters and tropes were created by Jews. I look at
these stories and I see metaphors for our existence, and metaphors for
the Jewish experience,” he says. “Certainly a lot has been written about
Superman representing an immigrant who’s trying to fit in, a model
minority... I’m always just trying to figure out, how do I use these
stories as a level of commentary? I can start off with an idea, but
[comics] always help to take it further.”
A lifelong comic book fan who is married to a rabbi,
Brynjegard-Bialik combines traditional papercutting techniques with
collage to create intricate pieces whose inspirations span centuries,
blurring the lines between graphic storytelling and decorative arts, pop
culture and worship.
His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and in
Israel. His new show — cheekily titled “You Did WHAT To My Comics?” —
opens Sept. 9 at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael.
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