BROWN PAPER

www.saadya.net

 

Guest Book

 

 

 

This is the guest book of the physical exhibition of "Brown Paper", followed by post-exhibit reactions and comments from around the world.

 

You are welcome to add your own reaction by writing to info@saadya.net.

 

 

 

 

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BROWN PAPER Exhibit Book

Translated from the Hebrew

 

07.12.04

 

Much light comes from this exhibit, a gentleness & strength. A great pleasure.

 

Dalia Morgenstern

 

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Saadya—they are outstanding!

 

Moving in their beauty and expressiveness and vitality.

 

With an embrace of "well done"

 

Ruth Nevo [leading Israeli landscape painter]

 

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Saadya

 

This is good art & one that does the viewer good.

 

Also of course more than that: About where it comes from; --from the depths; from chaos brought to a compassionate order.

 

Ariela Shavit [painter and photographer]

 

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07.12.04

 

There are times, it's amazing

 

What people can create

 

Capture the moment

 

Capture a movement

 

And give the inert object a soul.

 

You Saadya---Have done it!

 

Eyal Nardi [Founder, Israel Paperfolders Society (Haifa)]

 

 

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To Saadya from Itai Sternberg.

 

The exhibit was very successful and what interested me was that

 

what you see from one point of view isn't like what you see from another.

 

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Dear Saadia

 

Your "origami" is splendid

 

This is creative art, while some origami is plagiarism.

 

Keep on with the good work

 

Happy Folding

 

Herman Mariano [Israel's leading paperfolder]

 

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Very fine show, original, wonderful. Thanks

 

Yehuda Atlas, and Yuval and Ronit.

 

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For Saadya

 

Magical. Exceptional and special exhibit. Was worth coming!

 

Miri Golan

 

Director, Israeli Origami Center

 

December 2004

 

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08.12.04

 

For Saadya

 

Charming and interesting

 

Exceptional

 

Very beautiful

 

Yehudit

 

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8.12.04

 

Amazing and magnificent, I lack the words to express my surprise.

 

It seems there's no limit to creativity and imagination in people like yourself.

 

Thanks, Naomi Korenberg

 

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8.12.04

 

For Saadya!!!

 

I thought the works were from clay.

 

Hats off for the patience and creativity, well done.

 

Dorit Ashkenazi

 

Municipal Supervisor

 

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For Saadya

 

Wonderful, stunning. To look is to be amazed

 

A true talent. Gives me strength

 

Abubut 8.12.04

 

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For Saadya!!!

 

Great job. Very good, keep going this way and of course you can move forward too.

 

Israel, 8.12.04

 

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The exhibit—

 

Surprising & interesting & fascinating!

 

Dr. Zvi Karniel, 9.12.04

 

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9.12.04

 

A handsome, original exhibit, with a highly creative talent.

 

Many thanks for giving us a satisfying show!

 

Levana Nir  & granddaughter Teltan Arroyo

 

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VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY VERY BEAUTIFUL...

 

AB. H

 

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Terrific show

 

Original sculptures

 

Great mastery of the material

 

FANTASTIC talent!

 

Tamar

 

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For Saadya

 

Great job!!!

 

Keren

 

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Dear Saadya!

 

Great job. You managed to charm me with your unique creations. Amazing!

 

Shai.

 

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We had a great time.

 

Two grandmothers

 

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I was here and liked it very much

 

Gili Sharon, Grade 1A

 

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10.12.2004

 

To Saadya Sternberg

 

An artist's hand, fine works, captivating displays.

 

We really enjoyed it

 

Yaffa & Haim

 

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11.12.04

 

Your brown warmth exudes humaneness and leaves a sense of a wealth of color and form: the amazing expression of talent, the work of your blessed hands.

 

 

Provocative--& leaves an expectation to see more

 

Good luck

 

Rafet,Holon

 

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Wonderful Show!

 

Simplicity and Ingenuity.

 

Muki & Oded11.12.2004

 

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11.12.2004

 

I greatly enjoyed the exhibit

 

Very impressive and interesting!

 

Lior Baruch(12)

 

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Art for art's sake

 

I liked it very much

 

Hagit Kirschenbaum

 

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4th Candle of Hannuka

 

Art is perhaps something that borders on the unbelievable.

 

In this respect, the exhibit of Saadya Sternberg of figures in paper representing the combination of the simple & the humble with expressiveness "crosses the border."

 

Ruti Shershevsky & Mina Dembo

 

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6th Candle

 

Greetings Saadya

 

It is a world of folds and shadows that you managed to assemble, that seeks to come to life on its own.

 

Thanks for the experience.

 

Galit & Natai Reisner, Emek Hefer

 

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Amazing works, full of sensitivity & expression

 

A fascinating material that you managed to stretch the borders of admirably.

 

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To Saadya:

 

I salute you, for the patient investment of effort

 

This art is really stunning

 

Hope there will be more like this

 

Shoval and Ofek Cohen

 

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Thanks a lot. We really enjoyed it

 

Great work

 

Passia and Tova.

 

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Splendid, fine

 

Yonah Amihai

 

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Unique and original. Congratulations.

 

Iris Chen

 

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Very special, much invested effort. Great work! In the works you can see the terrific investment! Keep it up!

 

Naama Zivi

 

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It's very pretty. If you do more and make another show teach me how to make folds

 

Ro'ie, age 5 1/2 - 6

 

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You are so talented

 

Sapir13.12.04

 

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Very interesting works. Thanks

 

Yotam

 

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Delightful

 

Pl.

 

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Interesting and thought-provoking

 

Go forward and succeed

 

Shosh

 

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14.12.04

 

I am astounded by what I've seen. I did not know there was a possibility of this kind. Glad I came in, glad I saw it. Wish you much, much productivity in the future

 

Tzippi Pe'er

 

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Great job. Thanks for the originality. I had a great time.

 

Be blessed

 

15.12.04

 

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There's no end to creative ability.

 

It is good or NOT good that man can subdue every material

 

Ruchala S.

 

14.12.04

 

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Very impressive! A great deal of imagination & artistic ability.

 

Milat

 

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Amazing in its beauty it is truly amazing what a talented man can make with his own two hands

 

Hats off. Most impressive.

 

Batia Roderman 

 

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Fantastic works!

 

The simplicity of the material vs. the expressiveness.

 

A true pleasure to go around the exhibit and discover more and more inside the folds. Thanks

 

Shosh Horowitz

 

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Handsome and striking works. A great talent!

 

Malka Viva

 

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The sculpture from paper is amazing and interesting

 

Itai Lavie

 

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The exhibit is very fine and interesting. I enjoyed looking at it.

 

from Noam

 

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Very fine and interesting works. Each and every sculpture

 

Ori

 

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Amazing works

 

A distinctive and innovative approach.

 

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To the sculptor, Hello!!!

 

I enjoyed seeing the sculptures from brown paper!!!

 

Congratulations on your work

 

from me, Ateret

 

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We very much liked your sculpture from brown paper. Creativity and beauty.

 

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For Mr. Saadya Sternberg

 

Indeed, this is breathtaking artistry, provocative and exhilarating---opens new horizons to all---how through simple environmental materials one may, with warmth, thought and yes spirit, create 'sculptures' of various figures. Something unusual, as distinctive as the artist's hand .

 

Great job.

 

I enjoyed every glance & extended gaze at each and every sculpture

 

From me Ilana K, Holon

 

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Interesting exhibit

 

Naomi

 

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Very fine!

 

Yardena.

 

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Saadya Sternberg, Sir,

 

Very impressive!

 

I liked the precision in the works and the ability to form different expressions in each piece.

 

It is too bad you did not give names to the sculptures, otherwise I would have said which sculpture I most connected with. Well done

 

Inbal (Holon)

 

Just interested in art

 

Studying art a little

 

Want to make art.

 

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18.12.04

 

Ingenious

 

    Impressive

 

        Amazing

 

             Moving!!

 

 

 

May there be many more like you, in creativity & originality!

 

Rina

 

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Very impressive Great idea

 

A most interesting exhibit

 

Yohannes Albni

 

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for Saadya

 

It is all wonderful and exceptional

 

Aviva Cohen19.12.04

 

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for Saadya

 

You are a genius!!! Most impressive exhibit.

 

18.12.04

 

Dalia

 

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for Saadya

 

Terrific idea.

 

Hadad

 

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VIRTUOSO!

 

Michal, Ariela and Gad

 

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Beautiful!

 

Ester

 

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Most interesting—enchanting, creative

 

Rina R.

 

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Charming, ingenious

 

Liora

 

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20.12.04

 

On Monday I came to visit the exhibit and enjoyed it very much. A little before 10:00. Thanks for the pleasure you granted me.

 

Julia Bonfil

 

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20.12.04

 

Impressive works

 

Really enjoyed them.

 

Shula

 

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20.12.04

 

Saadya

 

You are a great artist.

 

Your hand, your head, your soul are blessed

 

Many thanks

 

Ziva Baruch

 

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20.12.04

 

Interesting and most original

 

I entered by chance and left enchanted

 

Hanna and Mordechai Har'eli,Holon

 

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20.12.04

 

To Saadya Stenberg

 

I very much liked your work

 

Zmora Eliahu

 

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20.12.04

 

Saadya:

 

It is SO original SO interesting SO special

 

A great investment of time and thought

 

Success in your future. Thank you

 

Shula Eliahu

 

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20.12.04

 

 

 

Saadya

 

A month ago I visited "Bilbao Park" in the Japanese museum in San Diego California, and there I saw works in folded paper by an artist of Japanese origin, famous (local). An exhibit of dozens of displays: animals, dragons, human figures and so forth. I was amazed.

 

Your works, Saadya, are of no less a quality and beauty than his ones far away.

 

Well done!

 

Zvi H.

 

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21.12.04

 

Saadya

 

Amazing and stunningly beautiful. Well done

 

Ivri

 

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Enormous!

 

Your works—

 

ART!

 

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21.12.04

 

Saadya Sternberg

 

Congrats

 

Sergio

 

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Fascinating, amazing, may there be many more

 

Yessel

 

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A small place with a HUGE experience!

 

Too bad you're not here accompanying your work to see the glint in people's eyes and to hear the cries of amazement.

 

An artist and a soul can turn every piece of paper, every nothing into something vast

 

Beautiful and gripping

 

Well done!

 

Rivka P.

 

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to Saadya

 

Lots of imagination, lots of creativity, a visual experience

 

Itai

 

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Amazing exhibit!!!

 

Congratulations!

 

So beautiful. This is the first time I see an exhibit like this.

 

H.S.

 

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Surprising, special, unusual

 

Terrific!!!

 

Yael Peled22.12.04

 

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22.12.04

 

Very fine exhibit

 

We really enjoyed it!!!

 

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22.12.04

 

I thought the horse from a distance was a pretty toy. And it is very pretty.

 

Lior Mitzri

 

Grade 2B

 

Etzion High School

 

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B"H

 

22.12.04

 

An exhibit like this I haven't seen

 

From regular paper yes, but not carton-paper

 

Simply amazing!

 

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BS"D

 

22.12.04

 

The exhibit was very pretty I enjoyed the exhibit a lot and what I most liked was the horse and the yawning man and the birds.

 

from Me, Yael

 

1B Ben-Zvi school

 

Thanks

 

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Beauty and imagination surpassing every talent

 

Rashi Pompiantsi

 

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An exhilarating, youthful, enchanting, provocative creation. There is much to learn from these works

 

Sasson22.12.04

 

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Speechless! Simply amazing!

 

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Thought-provoking exhibit. Very creative and educational, horizon-widening

 

Thanks.

 

Tal

 

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23.12.2004

 

Beyond the dimensions of aestheticism and professionalism in your productions I was impressed by the manner in which values were expressed. Many thanks.

 

In appreciation,

 

Mischa Lusci

 

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23.12.04

 

A right fine exhibit

 

Terrific works

 

We must pass this on to the children of Israel without consideration of cost... Many children don't take part because of the high price of courses...

 

PLEASE---

 

Pass on to Israeli youth works like these

 

Shaul

 

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Amazing!

 

Moshe Cohen

 

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24.12.04

 

I enjoyed it very much.

 

Leah Shavit

 

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Original and Interesting.

 

Thanks.

 

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Ditto. Thanks,

 

Rivka Rerdev 25.12.04

 

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What can you do with just plain paper, huh? You showed us wonders!

 

Loved it.

 

Shosh & Nehama25.12.04

 

 

 

On an especially rainy day, coming to an exhibit like this warms the heart.

 

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Most impressive and interesting ...

 

It might have been curious to have you share with us the method of creation & manufacture. This could perhaps have been made possible by photographic documentation of the work at its different stages. For we behold only the final product and this is very much lacking or is very much liable to complete it—to be involved, in some way, in the work process. Thanks Seth

 

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25.12.2005, Sabbath

 

 

 

Fascinating, special, and interesting

 

May you publicize your works more and more

 

Sarah Constantine, Holon

 

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Amazing virtuosity.

 

Each fold has a meaning!

 

How nice to see an exhibit that doesn't try to "shout" in colors and shapes.

 

Galia

 

 

Also I commend [Mayor] Moti Sasson and the Municipality people for every artistic initiative brought to Holon.

 

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25.12.04

 

Another side of the world that we live in. Thanks

 

Amelia and Uri Eisner

 

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25.12.04

 

Thanks for the experience you granted me

 

How innocent folds of paper turn into art with a soul.

 

I especially liked the horses.

 

Great future success

 

Duba

 

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26.12.04

 

Amazing! The beauty in the clean simplicity & naturalism.

 

I liked it very much.

 

Doron Butbul

 

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27.10.04

 

To Saadya

 

We met in Beersheva with Piuta

 

I was glad to see your wonderful and original exhibit

 

Success in the future

 

Dani-Cahana-Levinson, Collector

 

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27.12.04

 

I enjoyed it very much. And to think what you can make out of carton-paper!? Good one

 

Orly

 

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I saw, was impressed and enjoyed it.

 

Piuta, congratulations

 

Benny Even

 

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Outstanding most impressive a very special art

 

For a long time I will marvel at this show

 

Sasson Shosh 28.12.04

 

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Dear Saadya

 

A vast energy and beauty I found in your work.

 

I was simply enchanted.

 

Have yourself a great future.

 

Hava

 

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28.12.04

 

Saadya

 

Great job

 

We were glad to share these masterpieces with you

 

Definitely a very interesting exhibit

 

We haven't previously encountered an exhibit like it

 

 

 

And again Great Job

 

Etti Abraham,Eilat

 

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29.12.04

 

We agree with everyone!

 

Daniela & Hayim Peretz

 

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Dear Saadya

 

Terrific, original works. Really interesting. A different approach, a different pace. Enjoyed it very much and...want to learn.

 

Michal

 

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29.12.04

 

Amazing exhibit, with a lot of creativity

 

Simply beautiful

 

Success to you

 

Ziva

 

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Amazing, truly unbelievable

 

Great execution

 

Pessia

 

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30.12.04

 

Really wonderful

 

Carmela

 

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WONDERFUL!!

 

Kirschen [Jerusalem Post caricaturist "Dry Bones"]

 

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We came in by chance.

 

"Glanced & got hurt"

 

It was wonderful!!!

 

Lily & Sarit 30.12.04

 

 

 

"There are papers with a human heart..."

 

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30.12.04

 

Great

 

Niv Family

 

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I came, I saw, I succumbed.

 

Aharon Amir

 

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30.12.04

 

Wonderful

 

Varda (artist)

 

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Charming!

 

Adina Zach [Tel Aviv Museum of Art]

 

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31.12.04

 

It is unbelievable what tenderness can be extracted from brown paper

 

Neeman

 

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31.12.04

 

Amazing exhibit. Rare talent. A celebration for the eyes.

 

Gila

 

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Very beautiful. Wonderful use of simple folds that create a whole universe.

 

Heli.

 

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31.12.04

 

The exhibit is interesting and wide-ranging, the figures are most entertaining, art that creates itself.

 

Merav

 

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1.1.2005

 

The exhibit is most unique, and the use of paper highly impressive

 

Frida

 

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to Saadya

 

I really enjoyed the unusual exhibit, and the use of materials that can suggest different things to each and every person.

 

By the way, Zemach asks whether the face that appears on the invitation is that of... his father, Immanuel Green...

 

See you

 

Liat & Zemach Green, Modiin

 

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To Saadya

 

Out of simple paper to make amazing figures

 

Great job!

 

Aliza

 

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to Saadya

 

I had a great time

 

By the way this place is named after Arthur Sela (among others). I believe he is the relative of Amiel Sela who was killed by the Jordanian Legion at the walls of the Old City. Family are we.

 

Zemach Green

 

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1.1.2005

 

A very fine exhibit, most impressive & distinctive

 

Yarden & Tal

 

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1.1.2005

 

Exceptional!

 

Yuval Avner, Architect

 

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2.1.05

 

Amazing! Each sculpture is practically alive. The expressions reflect personalities. An extended gaze almost gives the feeling that I've made the acquaintance of the figure. Thanks for the experience I had as a result of your work.

 

In great appreciation

 

Nehama

 

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An outstanding experience. Beautiful, beautiful!!!

 

Sara

 

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Post-Exhibit Reactions

 

 

 

 

 

From: Stanley Cavell, Emeritus Professor of Aesthetics, Harvard University

 

January 17, 2005

 

 

 

Dear Saadya,

 

Have I not written to you in response to the photos of your Brown Paper exhibit? ...I hurriedly simply say that I was startled by the strength and subtlety of your pieces. I was too ignorant to be able to imagine the experience of the work when you briefly described it. I also very much liked your accompanying program statement. Foolish as it is to try to react without seeing the pieces in the flesh, I have one minor thought to include on the YES side of whether origami is sculpture (or between sculpture and drawing?). Namely: there is a sense of magic about the sheer fact of the pieces that draws one to them to "see how they are done". "It's just paper" is like "It's just charcoal" .... And this doesn't fade. But it wouldn't matter if one weren't drawn by the emotion of the thing -- it's not merely that a trick is to be explained. Any trick here is inexplicable; there is no trick. Also there is the standing issue the work of these works pose as between (so to speak) sculpture and painting, namely of the relation of the work to its support. With sculpture the "support" is reduced to a base, and advanced sculptors have done away even with that. In Brown Paper what happens to the support is the work of the work, and the support has totally vanished while remaining totally in view. (Magic?)

 

 

 

I heartily congratulate you.

 

 

 

As always,

 

Stanley

 

 

 

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From: Roman Diaz [pioneer of origami animal design], Uruguy

 

30 May, 2005

 

 

 

Hi Saadya

 

I have mailed my friend and folder Daniel Naranjo from Colombia... Here is his comment when I told him I had met you: 

 

"Y llegamos a la depresi˜on... Menos es mas dije antes, y el trabajo de Saadya me puso triste dos d‚as... Este personaje pliega cosas que yo he soˆado mucho tiempo, y es tan simple, tan solo dos dobleces... Cuando v‚ sus fotos me conmov‚ como hace mucho no lo hac‚a...." 

 

"... and here comes the depression...."less is more" I said before, and Saadya's work made me sad for two days... this guy folds things I have dreamt of for a long time, so simple, just two folds....When I saw his photos I was moved like I hadn't been in a long time ...."

 

 I feel quite the same about your work, without the depression part. 

 

--Roman

 

 

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Many thanks for the reference to your very impressive Web site. Having seen your portrait of Leonardo at the Masters of Origami Exhibition, I am very pleased, indeed to see more of your work.

 

Best wishes,

 

David Lister

[World’s Leading historian of the Origami Arts]

 

 

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It is very kind to send the fascinating image.

I will follow up the website.

 

very best,

 

martin kemp

 

 

Professor of the History of Art

Oxford

 

[THE authority on Leonardo da Vinci]

 

 

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April 6, 2005

 

 

What a beautiful site!!!

 

Whoever designed it should get an astronomical bonus. Or, at the least, be immortalized by basing a piece on his half-handsome visage.

 

Sincerely,

 

Menachem Nerenberg

 

Passaic, NJ USA