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A show featuring 3-artists addressing culture and identity.

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The Fine Arts Council of American Jewish University announced today the opening of " Patterns\, Symbols\, Codes/ Understanding Culture and Identity" a new exhibit at its Platt/Borstein Galleries featuring the work of < strong>Edith Hillinger\, Irene Abraham\, and Bruce Barton. Each ar tist in his/her own unique way is interested in human communication and the ir work explores the different modes of visual language.

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The exhibit wil l open on Sunday\, January 13\, 2013\, with a "Meet the Artist Reception" f rom 3:00PM-5:00PM. The exhibit will run through May 13\, 2013 and the publi c is invited free of charge.

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< span style="font-size: small\;">Edith Hillinger's personal identity is reflected in her art work. Moving from Berlin to Istanbul in t he 1930's as a child and then to New York as a teenager\, she experienced v aried cultures and lifestyles. She combines the geometric forms of the fami ly's Bauhaus furniture with the rich patterns and calligraphy from Turkish carpets in her home. She has been drawing strong black India ink lines sinc e childhood. Strongly influenced by her father\, an architect\, she develop ed a love for small visual notations in architectural dictionaries and incl uded these patterns of stairs\, bricks\, and flooring materials in her work s.

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Irene Abraham's experience as a research biologist u sing data to interpret natural phenomena influenced the direction of her ar t. Working with scientific data in research led to her interest in how diff erent modes of communication are expressed through visual means such as alp habets\, codes\, and numerical data. Also of interest is how they are organ ized into networks and systems resulting in a scientific language of data a nd codes. Her artwork explores the translation of these systems such as gra phs\, Braille messages\, and maps of highways and housing developments for their pure aesthetics.

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In one body of work\, Bruce Barton uses computer generated drawings to look at early drawings in ancient ca ves and how they communicate a fundamentally different understanding of the order of nature than our vision today. Bruce Barton considers the early fo rm of communication through cave drawings to be an elementary form of writi ng. With the repetition of the same forms\, the drawings could reinvent lan guage and communicate ideas. In another body of work Bruce Barton refers to many of his drawings as sonnets and vignettes. Through his poems he explor es man in his environment and his encroachment into the animal world.

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