The Fine Arts Council of American Jewish University announced today the opening of “Patterns, Symbols, Codes: Understanding Culture and Identity” a new exhibit at the Platt/Borstein Galleries featuring the work of Edith Hillinger, Irene Abraham and Bruce Barton. Each artist in his/her own unique way is interested in human communication and their work explores the different modes of visual language.
The exhibit will open on Sunday, January 13, 2013, with a “Meet the Artist Reception” from 3:00PM-5:00PM. The exhibit will run through May 13, 2013 and the public is invited free of charge.
Edith Hillinger’s personal identity is reflected in her art work. Moving from Berlin to Istanbul in the 1930’s as a child and then to New York as a teenager, she experienced varied cultures and lifestyles. She combines the geometric forms of the family’s Bauhaus furniture with the rich patterns and calligraphy from Turkish carpets in her home. She has been drawing strong black India ink lines since childhood. Strongly influenced by her father, an architect, she developed a love for small visual notations in architectural dictionaries and included these patterns of stairs, bricks, and flooring materials in her works.
Irene Abraham’s experience as a research biologist using data to interpret natural phenomena influenced the direction of her art. Working with scientific data in research led to her interest in how different modes of communication are expressed through visual means such as alphabets, codes, and numerical data. Also of interest is how they are organized into networks and systems resulting in a scientific language of data and codes. Her artwork explores the translation of these systems such as graphs, Braille messages, and maps of highways and housing developments for their pure aesthetics.
In one body of work, Bruce Barton uses computer generated drawings to look at early drawings in ancient caves and how they communicate a fundamentally different understanding of the order of nature than our vision today. Bruce Barton considers the early form of communication through cave drawings to be an elementary form of writing. With the repetition of the same forms, the drawings could reinvent language and communicate ideas. In another body of work Bruce Barton refers to many of his drawings as sonnets and vignettes. Through his poems he explores man in his environment and his encroachment into the animal world.
American Jewish University is located at 15600 Mulholland Drive and parking is free. Gallery hours are Sunday through Thursday 10:00AM – 7:00PM and Friday 10:00AM - 2:00PM. The gallery will be closed Monday, January 21, 2013 and during the week of Passover, March 25-Aril 3rd. For more information please call Shelley Lavender at 310.476.9777 ext. 201 or visit www.ajula.edu.