Artisit Ron Agam to Lecture and Exhibit at the Katz JCC
Famed artist and photographer Ron Agam, son of Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, will exhibit his captivating art influenced by technology beginning July 3 at the Milton & Betty Katz Jewish Community Center, 501 N. Jerome Ave., Margate.
In a free reception and lecture on July 11 at 6:30 p.m., he will discuss his relationship with Israel and howit influenced his works.
Agam says he has taken inspiration from technology in his work, referencing Steve Jobs as an influence.
“In today’s digital world, you will be hard pressed not to succumb to the influence of the pixel, like atoms in science, pixels stand at the intersection of art and our imagination,” Agam said. “For myself, following a family tradition, art and technology stand at the apex of my participation in the creative process. A lot of my work finds its genesis in a digital world that has unlimited possibilities to extend the seed of my imagination. I would never find the words to thank Mr. Jobs for what he has contributed to my life and the many more other creative souls.”
Born in Paris, Agam grew up attending yeshivas, acquiring a solid religious education and studying photography with professional photographers.
His youth was divided between Paris and Rehovot, Israel, and as such he deeply values his education and feels it helped mold him into who he is today.
According to Agam, he began his artist expression as a way to bring him joy personally.
“I wanted to do something that would bring me joy personally, as a human being. There was a moment when I was screaming internally and I needed to express it. So, I expressed it through a photograph. I am no physiologist, just an artist,” Agam said.
Agam considers his art his contribution in a global mission to repair the world.
At the July 11 event, the Katz JCC will host a Meet the Artist reception with complimentary wine and cheese. The reception is free and open to the public.
During the lecture, Agam will discuss his deep roots in Jewish-Israeli culture. He is descended from both opposing Hasidim and Mitnagdim traditions and can trace his ancestry seven generations to the founder of Chabad, Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liady.
“Ron is an amazing artist and photographer,” said Jack Fox Chief Executive Officer of the JCC. “His works reflect his broad interest in politics and culture.”
In 2009, Agam released a short documentary titled “In Full Bloom,” shot by award-winning documentary filmmaker Etienne Sauret. This hip and fun, yet serious four-minute movie provides a little insight into Agam’s passion and creativity.
To view the movie visit www.youtube.com enter key words “In Full Bloom Ron Agam.”
Additional information can be found at www.ronagam.com.
For more information on the Meet the Artist reception and lecture at the Milton and Betty Katz JCC call 609-822-1167 or visit www.jccatlantic.org.