New York City artist
Stanley Bulbach creates
his unique contemporary art using the Classical Near Eastern
carpet weaving arts as his medium of artistic expression. The
prized, traditional materials are his "canvas" and "paints."
Throughout the millennia the Near Eastern
arts of making carpets have been esteemed and treasured for their
beauty, their artistic expressiveness, and their cultural significance. And
even though he creates his art work to the same
material specifications as pieces traditionally created for use
on the ground, he intends his work to be enjoyed and appreciated
mounted on the wall as contemporary art.
Stanley Bulbach grew up in the New York metropolitan
area. His family who had worked in the local garment industry
and in wood carving at Steinway Pianos imbued in him a respect
for fine craftsmanship and the qualities of its materials.
early part of his education was focused on science and technology,
fascinating. But he soon grew even more interested in
our historic and cultural origins. After finishing a BA
in History of Religion, he then continued and earned an MA
and a PhD in Near Eastern Studies
ancient Mesopotamian roots of our civilization.
During his studies he traveled through the
Atlas Mountains in Morocco and fell in love with Near Eastern
especially the flatwoven carpets from North Africa. Working
in the fiber arts and contemporary craft movements
then blossoming in
1970s, Bulbach mastered
the skills of preparing the traditional materials and weaving
Near Eastern style flatwoven carpets. He has traveled
throughout the US and Canada lecturing and teaching,
and has published extensively in the field.
In addition to the Near Eastern influences,
his work is strongly influenced by his life in Manhattan, a small,
crowded, noisy island populated by millions of people of differing
backgrounds and ideas from all over the world. Bulbach
volunteers time and skills to working on issues important to
his local community. He reflects that "weaving
together divergent opinions and concerns into successful solutions
the community's challenging problems in New York
City is often similar to weaving together the somewhat wild long
wools and natural dyes into a
As a contemporary artist in New York City Bulbach
a corpus of work that engages the eye and all our feeling senses. After
all, the word "aesthetic" does not only mean "seeing" but
comes instead from the Classical Greek for "feeling," the
opposite of "anesthetic."
At the beginning of his artistic career, Bulbach's
work perplexed many art authorities who deemed it "Outsider Art"
because they felt there was no important significance of the
Near East to our contemporary
Now, after the dawning of the new century,
Bulbach's art seems prescient in the way that it speaks to the
of the Near East to our Western lives and culture. Bulbach's
art work addresses crucial questions like that head on. Who
were we? Where
have we come from? Where are we now? Where
are we going?
What more important questions could art address