Digging deep: Artist Binyamin Basteker (right) with Rosenbach Contemporary Gallery owner Uri Rosenbach..
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
When it comes to exhibition monikers, “Stones that Speak” hits the nail right on the head – and then some. Artist Binyamin Basteker and Uri Rosenbach, owner of Rosenbach Contemporary Gallery on King David Street, could have added “Volumes” at the end, and the title would have been just as apt, if not more so.
The theme of the show, which opened on September 14 and will run until November 1, is the Western Wall. A pretty standard subject, one might think, that is until you get a glimpse of the oil paintings that fill the gallery with zest, vim, vigor and splashes of color that draw the eye and the heart to an equal degree.
Basteker is a 63-year-old painter who hails from then Bombay – now Mumbai – India. He made aliya with his family at the age of 16, principally to get out of being conscripted into the Indian military. His Zionist parents far preferred their son to serve in the IDF and promptly made the move here.