Long Island Angels is one of two of my earlier cyberangel events can give a taste of the Global Tribute to Rembrandt. In the faxart event AT&T Circumglobal Angel Flight, a digitized Rembrandt angel was sent on a circumglobal flight seen by millions. Passing through all time zones, it flew into tomorrow and back into yesterday from New York to Rembrandthuis Museum in Amsterdam, Israel Museum in Jerusalem, University of the Arts in Tokyo, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and back to the AT&T building in New York. See photos and text at .
Although this project is conceptually as relevant today as it was 30 years ago, fax technology has morphed into the Internet, smartphones and social media. I explore the spiritual dimensions of this change in my highly acclaimed 2019 book Through a Bible Lens: Biblical Insights for Smartphone Photography and Social Media. The cover of the book uses the same digitized Rembrandt angels that appeared in my Long Island Angels serigraph representing cyberangles leaving Long Island to the 48 states of continental USA. However, they appear ascending from a smartphone screen showing a NASA satellite image of the Land of Israel. See .
As a child on Long Island during World War II, Mel Alexenberg had a recurring nightmare. “Because the Island wasn’t connected to the mainland,” he recalled, “I kept on dreaming that we’d float away and be connected to Europe – and be killed by Hitler.”
“But Jewish art,” he said, “is distinct from Western, or Hellenistic, art in a very basic way. The English word for ‘art’ is the root for such words as ‘artificial’ and ‘artifact.’ Similarly, the French word ‘ars’ and the German word ‘kunst,’ as well as art in all European languages, are related to imitation, copy, phony, counterfeit and falsification. On the other hand, the Hebrew word for artist is not only different, it’s opposite. It’s the same word as truth, faith, craft and education.”