The Wilder Building in Rochester, NY, was a building of detective
and shadowy black and white movies, where names were printed
glass windows in heavy doors, and letters dropped through mysterious
be magically transported away. It was here that my father, as
a young attorney,
set up his desk and swivel chair and awaited his future. This
is where, in my
imagination, Bronco the dog (his first client) came to see him,
although I know
in reality that Bronco stayed at home protecting the world from
(my father won the case for Bronco)
In 1995, in the final weeks of my father¹s life, I gave
him a print of my work
Krakow, Prague, & Rochester. As I pointed out the hidden
windows of the
Wilder Building, his eyes lit up, and I knew that the memories
of the Wilder Building
were powerful enough to merit a work of their own.
Safed Hiding Places:
In 1492, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew Bible fled Spain
in the arms
of expelled Jews, who found comfort in the teachings of mysticism
safety in the hidden caves of Safed. While they protected
the Bible, they wondered what forces had caused such upheaval
exterior world. Safed Hiding Places is about this moment in
It is about a real occurrence that continues to be repeated
in various forms.
An outside force causes everything to shift in a flash, and
memory, and a few precious objects persist. Eventually the
Bible made its way to Marseilles, where I befriended it.
Throughout the years, I turned to the carpet pages painted
in 1260, in
Toledo, and found a certain sense of history and connection
with the past.
While my earlier works borrow visual form from the Bible,
this image is a
tribute to the Bible's own story.