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Elias Rubenstein in dialogue with Sofia Cruz

Jan, 2018

Elias Rubenstein: What role does spirituality play in your work as an artist?

Sofia Cruz: In my view, it is man’s task to elevate what is around him. Every person does this in different areas, forms and levels. For me, the art is the medium how I can elevate what surrounds me. The elevation is a form of spirituality and related to evolution. Considering the evolution of humanity, in what direction do you think contemporary art should


Elias Rubenstein: There are different movements in art that accompany the spiritual development of man. It seems to me sometimes, as some modernist art resemble the style of cave paintings. The question arises spontaneously to me, how far today's human being has really progressed in comparison to the human being at that time.

The greatest challenge for contemporary art is probably to take on a new role compared to the purposes in another epoch. What role does aesthetics play for you?

Mira Schendel’s, from Spray Series, Cave paintings, Argenitna Museu de Ciencies

Source Art Observed Naturals de Valencia. Photo by Joanbanjo

Sofia Cruz: If we look at art history, we find periods in which aesthetics were extremely significant. Over the course of the centuries, aesthetics has become less important in fine arts - up to the other extreme positions, where the value in the artworks lies just in their “interior”. I mean the conceptualization of the artworks. For me an artwork is alive in itself, it exists as an independent entity from the artist who produced it. This entity should be entirely valuable and meaningful: in the exterior -aesthetics- as in the interior -conceptualization-. A balance should be struck. There are not many artists who choose purely mystical teachings as a concept for their work, why did you choose Kabbalah?

Elias Rubenstein: Through the abstract representation and symbols a level of reality can be hinted at, which cannot be expressed by words alone. The Kabbala offers a rich treasure to explore the beauty of creation. This absolute beauty cannot be fully represented by art, but it can open up a dimension that would not be possible to experience without the Kabbala. Such an artistic creation seems to me to be a tightrope walk between philosophy and the architectural plan of an architect. What challenges do you encounter in your artistic work?

Elias Rubenstein. "231 Tore der Einweihung". Fine Art print. Via Eliasrubenstein

Sofia Cruz: I am interested in the artworks that can create more than an aesthetic experience, an entire experience. This means an intellectual, emotional and spiritual experience (1). For this reason, I consider the most important challenge of my work the development of an authentic artistic language, that allows me to transmit “entire” experiences to the viewer. Do you think that spiritual art will position itself as part of the art history of this century?