Hanan Harchol’s paintings and animations hinge on thought-provoking verbal exchanges.
Jewish Week Book Critic
In Hanan Harchol’s art, there’s no disconnect between visual imagery and Jewish thought. His new exhibition of paintings and animation is alive with conversation — about values, teachings, choices, holiness and life’s adventures.
The conversations take place in cars, park benches and on the subway; even the small talk leads to large ideas, whether love or forgiveness or gratitude. In Israeli-accented English and with perfect timing, his father, the nuclear physicist Micha Harchol (in Hanan’s voice) advises his son not to chase another person’s dream (“Looking in Other People’s Windows” or Envy) and not to let someone live in your head rent-free, that is, not to let someone’s past actions take up valuable room (“Landlord” or Forgiveness).
Nothing quite gets the public going like a Spielberg movie. Even if you hate his movies (not that I do), it's hard to avoid the excitement they engender. Especially come Christmas. This year, Spielberg's big holiday release, you may have heard, is "The Adventures of Tintin," an animated 3D film about the legendary children's book. And this year, I'm predicting a minor controversy about it.