WHERE: Copro Nason Gallery (11265 Washington Bl., Culver City, Ca. 90230
WHAT: SHEKHINA Photographs by Leonard Nimoy
DATE: December 6, 2003 through January 31, 2004
CONTACT: Douglas Nason or Gary Pressman, Copro/Nason Fine Gallery

When SHEKHINA - Leonard Nimoy's first book of photography - was published by Umbrage Editions last year, it sold out of its first printing in less than a month. It created such a stir that the Jewish Telegraphic Agency wrote, "Nimoy is igniting an artistic debate over art and censorship that echoes the battles that swirled over Mapplethorpe, and other artists like Andres Serrano and Chris Ofili, who created controversial religious imagery." Now Copro/Nason Gallery presents these provocative photographs in a new exhibition, opening December 6th with an artist's reception.

Based on the concept in the Kabbalah of the female manifestation of God, Nimoy's SHEKHINA explores the provocative and complex relationship of the spirit and the flesh. Art Critic Donald Kuspit said, "It is Nimoy's ability to convey woman's many sidedness - Shekhina and Succubus at once - that makes his photographs profound."

SHEKHINA Photographs by Leonard Nimoy will open with an artist's reception on Saturday evening, December 6, from 8 to 11 PM. The following Saturday afternoon, December 13, from 2 to 4 PM, Nimoy will be available for a book signing and to discuss how Shekhina has influenced his life and work, his development and growth as a photographer, the link between Shekhina and the "Live Long and Prosper" hand gesture he made world famous in Star Trek, the controversy over what some consider the sexualization of a spiritual subject and the photographic exploration of his spirituality and Judaism.