The Kabbalah is a Jewish mystical tradition that seeks to explain the inner workings of god and “directs initiates to an ecstatic experience of he divine.” The architect Alexander Gorlin has created Light and the Space of the Void, an exhibit that takes the idea of the tradition and focuses it on how it might be seen “either directly or indirectly in contemporary art and architecture.”
Not all the works in the exhibit are directly influenced by the Kabbalah. Rather Gorlin takes its teachings as a theme and describes how they may be seen to have either mystical or secular qualities depending on the viewer’s standpoint. The architecture, for example, does not focus simply on light as it emanates through window openings, but how the concept of light is used to interpret the idea of hope in the structure.
The exhibit is based on Gorlin’s 2013 text, The Kabbalah in Art and Architecture (2013). The artists and architects represented in Light and the Space of the Void are Daniel Buren, Steven Holl, Anish Kapoor, Anselm Kiefer, Yayoi Kusama, Daniel Libeskind, Gordon Matta-Clark, Barnett Newman, Kenneth Noland, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Stephen Vitiello and Frank Lloyd Wright, as well as Gorlin.
The exhibit runs through September 12 at New York City’s Sandra Gering gallery. Find more information on the exhibit here.