“When enough of the violence and brutality men and women inflict on one another invade my psyche, I must get it out of my system”, the artist ruefully notes. The political art in this group are Handler’s effort to purge his mind of the pain and suffering that can befall mankind.
The Myth of Sisyphus:
The philosophical dilemma of man’s burdens has long interested Handler. In this exploration of Camus’ writing about the Myth, the artist turns the feeling of Camus’ existential words into powerful visual images of man’s plight.
9/11 In Memorium acrylic on canvas 80” X 84”
SOLD Beyond Earth
acrylic on five canvas panels 72” X 120”. Where would mankind be, if our planet is destroyed by global warming, nuclear warfare, environmental changes that make life on Earth uninhabitable? We are ‘Beyond Earth’ somewhere, but where?
This 5 panel series showing the Earth as a barren planet, without greenery or life of any kind, is the artist's sobering commentary on the possible consequences of our actions. The artist's minimalist style and use of a severely restrained palette accentuate the feelings of barrenness and loss. By placing the viewer's field of vision at a vast distance, the artist gives greater emphasis to the title. The entire piece, covering close to 11' of horizontal wall space, and reaching 6' in height, literally encompasses the observer. When displayed on a curved wall the impact is even greater. Genocide ink on paper 26” X 32” SOLD Sisyphus #2
ink on paper 36” X 32”
SOLD Sisyphus #3
ink on paper 36” X 32” SOLD Sisyphus #4
ink on paper 28” X 32” framed Sisyphus #5 ink on paper 33” X 27” framed The Human Condition
a triptych, acrylic on linen 48” X 60” War-TheHumanCondition, Panel 2 detail acrylic on linen. The Jewish Jesus
a diptych acrylic on canvas 72” X 48”. Artists search for ways to relate universal themes and ageless truths.
Painting, as in other arts, searches for ways to allow the creative person and the viewer to share powerful emotions. In this 2 canvas arrangement,
Jesus on the crucifix wears a yellow armband marked with the Star of David, as all Jews were forced to during the Nazi Holocaust. By juxtaposing the historical reference from the 1930’s with the biblical reference, we are reminded of contemporary situations in which people are pilloried, tortured or banished because of their ethnicity, religious beliefs or skin color.
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