Howard Lerner: MYTH and METAPHOR

Jacob Entombed II  |  Oil, collage on matte board.  30" x 20"


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Opening Thursday, June 7 through Saturday, July 7, 2012, the “Myth and Metaphor” exhibition will feature recent works of NEA-acclaimed artist Howard Lerner at Synchronicity Space Fine Arts in the West Village, New York City.

Lerner’s work is a voyage into sculptural abstraction, melding elements of kitsch and Judaica, mismatched buttons and Hebrew lettering, scrap metal and modern interpretations of Midrashic histories. Lerner’s approach brings an accessible levity to religious themes oft elevated to a sacred yet disconnected place.

“In my sculpture, I have created a series of found object constructions whose themes originate from the Old Testament, yoga and Coney Island,” said Lerner. “Using discarded finds from our world, I weave and integrate Biblical verse from ancient time to connect us with the Divinity in those legends.”

Lerner relies heavily on his observant Jewish upbringing for the concepts that underlie his art. He gravitates toward what is in his words, “the good stuff” or the imaginative aspects of his religious training: the mysticism, miracles and wonders that breathe life into Sunday school teachings. While studying with Phillip Guston, Lerner’s style underwent a defining metamorphosis from traditional drawing to the more spontaneous aesthetic of “3-D painting” and sculpture to represent the legends and myths he seeks to interpret.

“In my paintings, a stage is set with its’ cast of characters and each object takes on its own persona,” said Lerner. “Using a painterly approach, I orchestrate these iconic actors which are used to create my vision of reality.”

Lerner’s characters are often a menagerie of raw personal effects and found objects i.e. broken coffee cups, seashells, crystals, spark plugs and the like. Boundaries blur between the inner and outer worlds, the sentimental and the practical, the literal and the contextual. In the process of reshaping these definitions, what is physical versus spiritual is wholly reconstructed. The result is a collage that disregards historical conventions to give real meaning and engagement to that history.


Synchronicity Space Fine Arts has been serving the public with emerging artist projects since 1989. In fine art and theatre, locally and internationally, we are a service organization demonstrating responsible methods for supporting art and maintaining a dialogue with the needs of the art community and the public interests.

Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday: 1PM to 7PM
Event reception to be held on Thursday, June 7, 2012: 5:30PM to 8PM

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