• Photo: Jules Kobek sitting at table in coffeehouse, in front of hanging Proletariat tArot images on wall.

Wise Walls at 1369 Coffee House, Inman Square: The Proletariat Tarot Deck and Printed Photos Display Vital Awareness

Wise Walls at 1369 Coffee House, Inman Square: The Proletariat Tarot Deck and Printed Photos Display Vital Awareness

Jules Kobek's Proletariat Tarot deck and Kallirroi Retzepi's printed photographs are a window into real life. Now through March, 2019.

Stunning, captivating new art graces the walls of Cambridge's 1369 Coffee House in Inman Square, and you'll be a wiser, more comforted soul if you go pay a visit. See what's there, have a cup of coffee, and soak in the art around you. You'll be treated to Jules Kobek's Proletariat Tarot deck art (her 78-card deck just recently released), and Kalli Retzeppi's stark and simple photos of the environment around us.

Here's what you'll find when you enter the 1369 in Inman Square:

Jules Kobek's Proletariat Tarot deck images: When you think of the word "tarot," what comes to mind? For most of us, once we settle the question, "how do I pronounce the word "tarot" (hint, it's either "ter-OH" or "TAAR-oh"), it's kings, queens, and knights that come to mind. Such royalty - inaccessible people we neither are nor meet here in Cambridge - are all depicted in the traditional tarot decks of 78 cards. But Jules Kobek's newly released Proletariat Tarot deck takes the meaning of the cards and reworks, redraws, recolors, and refashions them to reflect modern day, regular peoples' lives: carpenters, street performers, dancers, protesters, and more. Her colors are bright and syncopated as a whole deck, while each and every image on the walls (twelve enlarged images from her total deck) hold together stunningly as a unit. A unit that says: "We are here. I am here. We matter. I matter. Relate to me, and I will relate to you." Kobek's tarot reflects our own humble existences, seeded and sodded by capitalism and creativity, competition and communion, sadness and serenity, tolerance and tribulation, functionality and ferocity. We see a wheelchair user confronting the force of police presence; a potent woman on a motorcycle; a delighted young woman hoola-hooping her way along the Honk Festival; a welder bearing a hot hot torch flame; a woman climbing the staircase of one of Cambridge's own Red Line T stops. Kobek has one large frame with 40+ of her cards - the actual printed cards - on display (not for sale) so the viewer can see how the cards actually look in print, tarot card size and shape, beautifully detailed and inspiring of thought and introspection. Her artwork prints are for sale through the coffeehouse, as is her Proletariat Tarot deck, which you can find by visiting her website: https://juleskobek.com Kobek, by-the-way, does offer tarot readings, using her connective skill, down-to-earth, not at all esoteric. Real. People. Her reading style fitting her own tarot deck.

Kallirroi ("Kalli") Retzepi's printed photographs come to our sight with striking color, drawing the viewer into a world of surprising simplicity, while showing us what we encounter all around us but rarely notice. Frameless and matt in surface, each photo print feels like a window to another place and time that is, yet, completely familiar to us in shape, color, and travels around our city. Many images herald the coming of Spring - eagerly awaited by everyone, even with our moderate so-far easy winter season. Her images include trees standing crisply and calmly side--by-side; colorful benches casting shadows, suggesting extension of themselves beyond what and where they sit. We see brighter-than-bright lights angling through building windows, giving a sense of power and serenity. Kalli's prints are plainly displayed, without glass, so nothing comes between the viewer and the viewed.

So make your way to the wise walls of 1369 Coffee House, Inman Square, and partake in the delicious coffee, a sweet baked treat or two, and a hosting of the world we know, live in, carry out in our daily lives, and capture with our eyes, and - with the talent and generosity of Jules Kobek and Kallirroi Retzepi - our minds and spirits as well.