Jun 29, 2015
Art selection and comment by Lil Copan
In Honor of the Cuban People, Who Have a Generous and Warm Spirit and Who Make Music That Moves the Soul (Havana, 1997)
String Theory/Parallel Lines
If those who sing pray twice, perhaps creators of artwork about music pray thrice. Eric Mencher’s works are photographic explorations that often create a sense of sacred space. “I’m definitely attracted to Latino culture, history, and life. In Guatemala, there is an amazing confluence of Maya, Catholic, and evangelical traditions. It is vibrant and colorful and sometimes somber, but always energetic. I hope that my photos are true to the people, speak to the specific, but resonate with those from many different worlds.”
So, I didn’t latch onto a holy word and go into space and, ethereal, lose touch with my body. But God, in those thirty slow minutes, you unfolded in me the bud of a fresh flower, with color and fragrance that was more than my soul was capable of, on its own.
. . . We all, with unveiled face, behold as in a mirror the glory of the Lord.
And when the peony showed up, I knew it as a kind of mirror. This was glory in pink and cream, with a smell of heaven. Petals like valves opening into the colors of my heart.
I saw myself kneeling on a grass border, my knees bruising the green, pressing my face into the face of this silken, just-opened bloom, and breathing it, wanting to drown in it. Wanting to grow in its reflected image.
Following outbreaks of violence between Palestinians and Israelis, an Israeli hummus restaurant near the coastal city of Netanya offered 50 percent discounts to Jewish and Arab customers who sat together. “If there’s anything that can bring together these peoples, it’s hummus,” the restaurant manager said (Jewish Telegraphic Agency).