Issue #5

  1. Introducing TIKKUN/REPAIR

  2. Sanctuary

  3. "Iron Dome Listicle"

  4. Patterns

  5. The Diaspora of Poland-Palestine

  6. "Operation" and "Price of Entry"

  7. Three States of Gender Alchemy

  8. The Octopus

  9. Among Refugees Generation Y

  10. Tikkun Olam, or "small-z Zionism"?

  11. 29 Texts on Tikkun Olam

  12. The Problematics of Return

  13. Reading Reparation

  14. Tikkun Olam Today

  15. Stories of Demolition

  16. Work and Worship

  17. "Hevron" and "Mishna Ketubot 4:4"

  18. The Sign Under Which They Fight

  19. Heat Signature

  20. Cultivating Jewish "Ecotheology"

  21. Entropical Futures

  22. A Problem

Patterns

Jonathan Rotsztain

  • Patterns, ink and digital color, 2019

  • Patterns (detail), ink and digital color, 2019

  • Patterns (detail), ink and digital color, 2019

  • Patterns (detail), ink and digital color, 2019

Patterns is a detail of wallpaper from a site-specific diorama that makes visible how family, community, and social context can unconsciously shape one’s patterns of behavior and thinking. Like wallpaper at home, we become so accustomed to it that we stop noticing it entirely. In this work, Rotsztain harnesses an inner struggle of inter-generational trauma to fuel and reconcile a progressive, secular worldview with narratives about his Jewish life.

Jonathan Rotsztain is a cartoonist, writer, and graphic designer based in Toronto.

Patterns was commissioned by and is on view at FENTSTER until June 11, 2019. Text adapted from curator Evelyn Tauben. Presenting contemporary art connected to the Jewish experience, FENTSTER (Yiddish for “window”) is an independent, artist-run exhibition space located in the storefront window of the organization Makom in downtown Toronto.