31 March 2016

Stimulates the Sensory Palate

"Photograph God is an intellectually exciting book that stimulates the sensory palate. Drawing from the Kabbalah and Hebrew traditions, Dr. Alexenberg shares in-depth, meaningful insights about encountering God in the creative process through photography.  There is nothing superficial about this book. Using photography as the vehicle, we are guided, one idea at a time, to an understanding of what the author means by, ’looking up, looking out, and looking inward.’” - T. Mandel Chenoweth, Head of the Art Education Department, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma 

03 January 2016

Thinks Brilliantly Outside the Box


“For those of us familiar with the diverse and exhilarating work of Mel Alexenberg as an artist, educator and profound thinker, this latest book offers precisely the four things we would expect. The narrative thinks brilliantly outside the box. It synthesizes the realm of the abstruse and transcendent with the realm of the concrete and immanent. It crisscrosses disciplines, from science and technology to philosophy and mysticism to art as both historical and creative phenomena. Finally, the entirety is managed in a style both accessible and inviting.  
Those with prior knowledge of any or all of the disciplines from which Alexenberg draws will smile again and again in affirmation, and those entering without prior knowledge will be thrilled to understand things that they thought might be beyond them. This is one of those books that other thinkers will wish they had somehow thought about how to write, and to which readers of diverse sorts will simply respond by saying: wow!" - Dr. Ori Z. Soltes, author of Tradition and Transformation: Three Millennia of Jewish Art and Architecture, Professorial Lecturer, Georgetown University, former Director, National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC

26 November 2015

Bring Spirituality into Your Everyday Moments

Photograph God: Creating a  Spiritual Blog of Your Life                  by Mel Alexenberg


Photograph and share your life journey using digital consciousness and modern media tools. 
Astute guidance will help you capture God, bring kabbalah and spirituality into your everyday moments, and create a dialogue between biblical narrative and your personal story. 
"Best Picks for Hanukkah 2015/5776" 
One of the two top books for adults 

18 November 2015

Praise from the Worlds of Art, Photography, and Art Education


“Mel Alexenberg offers a scintillating experiment in creativity. His work is an invitation to deepen your spiritual sensibilities as you extend your imagination.” - Jan Phillips, author of God Is at Eye Level: Photography as a Healing Art

“One of art’s most complete and compelling integrations of the sacred and profane.  Mel Alexenberg shows the way to the divine via digital imagery and heightened perception of its presence in the moving face of every person, place, and thing.  It reads like a swift and soulful breeze.” - Dr. Shaun McNiff, author of Trust the Process: An Artist’s Guide to Letting Go and Art Heals: How Creativity cures the Soul, University Professor, Lesley University, Cambridge

"Alexenberg proposes that text and image - something as simple as photos taken with a smartphone, and multiplied in their resonance by the Internet - can be a consciousness raising tool" - Peter Samis, Associate Curator, Interpretation, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

“Thinks brilliantly outside the box. It crisscrosses disciplines, from science and technology to philosophy and mysticism to art as both historical and creative phenomena. This is one of those books that other thinkers will wish they had somehow thought about how to write, and to which readers of diverse sorts will simply respond by saying: wow!” - Dr. Ori Z. Soltes, author of Tradition and Transformation, Professorial Lecturer in Theology and Fine Arts, Georgetown University

“There are many parallels in Christian thought and deed that should allow this excellent book to resonate with many people of faith. He has succeeded in creating a program for photographers, on a daily basis, to explicitly weave their faith into their art and ultimately, back into their worldview with a fresh perspective.” - Bob Weil is co-author of The Art of iPhone Photography: Creating Great Photos and Art on Your iPhone

"Photograph God gives us an amazing perspective on our own existence, especially in the age of interconnected iPhone culture." - Prof. Michael Bielicky, Head of Department of Digital Media/Postdigital Narratives, University of Art and Design/ZKM Center for Art and Media, Karlsruhe, Germany

"In an original way, Prof. Alexenberg invites us to connect the networked world of Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, WhatsApp and Blogspot, with the concept of the unseen God." - Dr. Yael Eylat Van-Essen, author of Digital Culture: Virtuality, Society and Information, teaches at Tel Aviv University and Holon Institute of Technology, Israel 

"Photograph God is an intellectually exciting book that stimulates the sensory palate. Dr. Alexenberg shares in-depth, meaningful insights about encountering God in the creative process through photography.  Using photography as the vehicle, we are guided, one idea at a time, to an understanding of what the author means by, ’looking up, looking out, and looking inward.’” - T. Mandel Chenoweth, Head of the Art Education Depatment, Oral Roberts University, Tulsa, Oklahoma  
   
"Alexenberg locates art in the realm of personal experience and creative expression at a time when art education is falling under the jurisdiction of more singular bureaucratic prescriptions.... A valuable addition to the literature of art education.” – Dr. Jerome J. Hausman, author of Arts and the Schools, former Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and World Council member, International Society for Education through Art

"I can feel your joy, warmth and good humor in your images."- Julie DuBose, author of Effortless Beauty: Photography as an Expression of Eye, Mind and Heart

30 October 2015

Seeing Godliness and Goodliness in the Most Mundane

29 October 2015

13 September 2015

Wonderful Sequel to The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness

“Mel Alexenberg’s new book is a wonderful sequel to The Future of Art in a Postdigital Age: From Hellenistic to Hebraic Consciousness.  Both offer special insights into the postmodern nature of biblical consciousness as an open-ended living system.  His new book teaches how to photograph life’s journey by photographing God in every nook and cranny of life. Alexenberg locates art in the realm of personal experience and creative expression at a time when art education is falling under the jurisdiction of more singular bureaucratic prescriptions.  Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life is a valuable addition to the literature of art education.” – Dr. Jerome J. Hausman, author of Arts and the Schools, former Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and World Council member, International Society for Education Through Art

29 July 2015

From Selfies to Spirituality

Conceptual artist Mel Alexenberg offers the digital generation a way to find life's meaning by creating ‘spiritual blogs.’

By Rachel Neiman, Israel 21c,




Mel Alexenberg  is an artist, educator, writer and blogger working at the interface between art, science, technology and culture whose artworks are in the collections of more than 40 museums worldwide.

Alexenberg’s most recent project is a book and accompanying online project entitled Photograph God: Creating a Spiritual Blog of Your Life.

The book explores the interface between biblical narrative, kabbalah and digital technologies. It demonstrates how to create a blog by photographing God’s “divine light” … “as revealed in everyday life while crafting a dialogue between the bloggers story and the biblical story.”

For example, Alexenberg asked his students at Ariel University to photograph everyday examples of the seven divine kabbalistic attributes. Among the results:

Hesed (compassion/largesse/loving all): “… an elderly man responding to feral cats hungry for love and food. He pets each one and portions out food for them.”



Tiferet (beauty/aesthetic balance/inner elegance): “the birth of a calf, an awesome event expressing deeply felt beauty of seeing new life coming into the world.”


Hod (splendor/gracefulness/magnificence): “… the glorious feeling of young lovers kissing. She photographed their shadow as the hed (echo) of the event.”



Alexenberg’s own spiritual blog was created together with his artist wife, Miriam, to celebrate their 52nd wedding anniversary. During each of the 52 weeks of their 52nd year, they posted six photographs that reflected their life together along with a Twitter “tweet” that related the weekly Torah reading to their shared five-plus decades:

“God saw all that he had made, and behold, it was very good. It was evening and morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31)”

“On the first day of our honeymoon, we bought a cactus plant. On the 42nd year of our honeymoon, our daughter bought us this cactus.”

“He [Jacob] had a vision in a dream. A ladder was standing on the ground and its top reached up toward heaven; and behold! Divine angels were ascending and descending on it. (Genesis 28:12)”

“We enjoyed sitting together in the Metropolitan Museum of Art print room holding Rembrandt’s drawings and etchings of angels in our hands … Mel painted on subway posters and screen printed digitized Rembrandt angels and spiritual messages from underground. “

“Six days shall you accomplish your activities and on the seventh day you shall desist. (Exodus 23:12) The seventh day is Sabbath … you shall not do any creative work. (Exodus 20:10)”

“We can enjoy the technological wonders of our era knowing that we are free to tune out, turn off, and unplug on the next Shabbat.”



To learn more about how to create your own spiritual blog, click on book cover on side bar or see http://bibleblogyourlife.blogspot.com
To learn more about Mel Alexenberg’s extensive body of work, see http://melalexenberg.com


Comments:
Chaim Meiersdorf - Yeshiva University
Mel Alexenberg is simply a genius. I had the pleasure of watching him in action when I worked for him as Rabbi of the Yerucham Art College in the early 1980's. He had a special knack for synthesizing profound Jewish ideas with the plastic arts. The arts enhanced the Jewish message and visa versa. It is wonderful to see that Mel is keeping up the creative work, full speed ahead.