"Boy of a Girl?"

June 30-August 4, 2011

Brooklyn Art Festival 2011

May 10-March 15

Small Works 2010

December 9-January 3

Art of the African Diaspora

October 28-January 3, 2010-2011

Judiasm: Then and Now

June 14-July 16, 2010

Brooklyn: Local Perspectives

April 22-May 24, 2010

Inaugural Exhibition: Works by Brooklyn Artists

January 18-March 22, 2010

Yaakov Bressler: Solace in the Margins

An exhibition of selected pen & ink drawings from Nov 15 – Jan 18, 2012

Closing Reception with the Artist
Saturday Night, January 12 from 7pm-9pm

What is Fire?, Pen & Ink on Paper, 9x12

According to Yaakov Bressler, good ideas either hit you like a ton of bricks, or come slowly. "They can develop in your head for days," he says, "weeks and sometimes even years. The art displayed in Solace in the Margins was created from slowly developed ideas. People’s everyday actions are beautiful, complex and intriguing. It is just that we’re so used to seeing them that we pay them no attention. Our jobs, clutters and discomforts may appear as unforgiving toil, but, if presented from a different perspective, it may dawn slowly upon the viewer how complex and profound our ordinary habits and tasks are."

Solace in the Margins offers that perspective from an introspective outlook. Bressler asks,"How many times do we wait for a train while groaning, or drop an ice cream cone on the floor while crying, or clean up our messes while complaining. These menial habits are not as insignificant as they seem. They tell us where on the Globe we are, what place in history we live in and most of all what type of people we are. Let the artwork take you to that perspective. Let it enflame introspection. Let it carry you throughout your ordinary day. And it will show you how unique it really is."

About What is Fire?, Above

Images can be pleasing to the eye as well as to the mind. Take a clock for example. A clock tells time which is a beautiful thing. Rather than explaining time one could simply point at a clock and say “time”. A person doesn’t need to know what’s causing the clock to tick forward in order to appreciate its raw function: time. Now take that clock and strip it of its wooden exterior. Its raw mechanics would be exposed, its gears belts and switches exposed for the eye to see. Such a thing is pleasing to the eye because once a person understands that every gear, dial and lever somehow turns the hands of the clock forward, one can appreciate the sight laid out before them. One does not need to understand the mechanics of clockwork to appreciate what they are seeing: one must simply understand its functionality.

Fire gives off heat which is a beautiful thing. Rather than explaining how we stay warm in the cold one could simply point at a flame and say “fire”. One does not need to know what’s causing the flame to burn in order to appreciate its raw function: heat. Now take that flame and strip it of its simplicity. It’s complicated chemistry would be exposed: valence electron, orbitals and quantum mechanics would be exposed for the mind to see. Such a thing is pleasing to the mind because once a person understands that all the chemistry and physics are working together to make the flame burn they can appreciate the sight laid out before them. One does not need to have a firm grasp on quantum mechanics in order to understand the dynamic of the images displayed in What is Fire?: one must only understand the image’s functionality.

Middle School teachers say that the most difficult question to answer is: “What is Fire?” Bressler has answered that question with an explanation that requires no words. “This is Fire,” explains Bressler, a chemistry major at Brooklyn College. “This is the most complicated and simple answer one could get,” he clarifies. “I’ve shown it to various professors and they are amazed at the piece’s complexity. I’ve shown the same piece to my younger brothers and they are amazed at how simple the piece is.”

Dreams Left Unsung, Pen & Ink on Paper, 9x12

About Dreams Left Unsung, Above

Part of my art reflects my inability to express myself. It’s seemingly paradoxical, as I’m expressing my inability to express. But that’s exactly it. Expression was never easy, it took a while for me to get myself to where I am now. But for a long time I mourned, rejoiced, loathed and praised silently.

I was always jealous of singers and musicians. Expression is easy for them. Happiness can be expressed on a piano in 10 seconds. But it takes a greater amount of time and effort to express happiness with a drawing. My emotions stay locked inside of me until I complete my project. I often wish that it could be as easy for me to express myself as it is for musicians. I wish I could let my emotions flow as easily as them. I wish I could free my mind from the things that bother me with song and melodies. Only, I was gifted with the talent of art and the curse of being tone-deaf.

My passion for music has its shallow side to it. I love the sound of song for the sake of its stimulation. However, when I sing I, get annoyed at how I sound. I know I don’t sound good, forget others’ perspectives, I am the one who doesn’t want to hear myself. I don’t like hearing my voice sing - It’s bad. My lack of musical talent frustrates me because I feel music locked inside me. Therefore it was necessary for me to develop the skills to cry on paper when sad; slash angry colors when angry; dance with wavy textures when happy and praise with my thoughts behind the drawings.

Dreams Left Unsung is my song. This is what I sound like on the inside. This is the song that’s locked up inside. If my voice could carry a tune or if my fingers could strum a guitar, this I what it would sound like, this is my Unsung Dream, only now it is screaming out-loud. Now it is alive. This isn’t just a picture of a song; it’s the marking of the end of silence.

Yaakov Bressler is local artist who grew up in Brooklyn. His works are introspective which reflects his approach to life. Yaakov's inspiration comes ordinary affairs where he searches to abstract and expose their beauty and complexities. Yaakov is pre-med in Brooklyn College and an avid athlete who recently completed the Lake Placid Ironman triathlon.