"Species of Faces and Other Mayses" by Silvia Wagensberg
On view in the Spiegel and Dortort Galleries until June 2017 (3rd Floor)
"Song of Songs" and other sacred stories by Lori Shocket
Lori studied graphic design and advertising at Art Center College of Design, and although her dream was to become a doctor, she was diverted by a lucrative position for an international beauty/fashion manufacturer, where she spent 20 years producing award-winning ad campaigns, trade show exhibits and packaging.
She earned her MD degree at the age of 56, and now has shifted her focus back to art. She is currently working on educational large-scale presentations that combine both passions. In October 2014, she launched a new community based arts project, The Human Element Project. Her most recent Human Element work has been exhibited in Los Angeles, Baltimore and Melbourne Australia. Lori combines her passion for art and science by creating collaborative installations that are not only art pieces but also the result of community engagement projects where sensitive and powerful stories are told and memories are preserved.
Lori’s mixed-media work has recently been exhibited at The Museum of Tolerance, Las Laguna Gallery, Laguna Arts Festival, The Institute for Genetic Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine, The Whole 9 Gallery, Breed Street Shul, TAG Gallery - Bergamot Station, and the La Plaza de Cultura y Artes.
"I identify myself as a mixed-media artist because my work is directly inspired by my culture and my travels. I have a passion for history, traditions and rituals. and I believe that documenting our life’s journey is critically important for a more peaceful and tolerant path for the future. I believe that collaboration, interaction and response are the crutial elemnts to powerful art statements.
My work is based upon making a connection between art, science and the human element. I use the periodic table as the foundation of my work, combining physical elements with emotional and spiritual attributes to create powerful visual statements.
My current work is inspired by the textures and patina created by the erosion of earth’s elements with the passage of time. I depict these chemical transitions with the use of layered acrylic mediums and earth-based metallic pigments to create textured surfaces. These aged surfaces serve as a foundation on which I place small hand-written scrolls that contain messages and personal prayers that I have collected through my work and travels. The tightly rolled scrolls reveal only a small portion of the message, leaving the interpretation and perceived understanding to the viewer’s imagination."
"Parsha Posters" by Hillel Smith
Extended by Popular Demand
Begun at Simchat Torah 2015, the Parsha Poster project is a series of posters "advertising" the parshat hashavua (weekly Torah portion). The posters utilize innovative Hebrew typography--each one integrates the Hebrew name of the parsha in Hebrew somehow into the illustration--and a bold, graphic aesthetic to tell Biblical stories in a new way.
On view in the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (1st Floor)
"WINGS" by Harriet Zeitlin
Extended by Popular Demand
Harriet Zeitlin received a full scholarship to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where she was a painting major and participated in a coordinated course with the University of Pennsylvania. This is where she earned a BFA degree while attending two-year course in the Traditions of Painting at the Barnes Foundation. Later she studied printmaking at the University of California, Los Angeles and photography at Santa Monica College. She has lived in Los Angeles, New York, Washington, DC and Paris.
Zeitlin has had 25 solo shows and exhibited in over 100 group shows, including a display of her artist quilts in the US Department of State Arts in Embassies Program in Hong Kong and Namibia, Africa, a solo show of three decades of her multimedia work at the Track 16 Gallery in Santa Monica, CA., and a recent exhibition in the Salon d'Automne in Paris.
She won both a California Arts Council Grant and City of Los Angeles Cultural Grant and her work is in numerous public collections including such institutions as the Grunwald Center for the Graphic Arts, the Library of Congress, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Zeitlin has also taught art over the years in such venues as Crossroads School, Los Angeles High School for Music and Art, Los Angeles Unified School District Adult Education Program, Mirman School for Gifted Children, and UCLA Extension. In 1998 she also completed book on photography started by her husband titled Shooting Stars: Favorite Photos Taken by Classic Celebrities.
"In the 6 decades that I have been a painter, printmaker, quilt maker, sculptor and mixed media artist I have dedicated myself to the task of making a valid, meaningful statement that will touch the viewers' sensibilities. I have felt free to cut across boundaries of media and materials, and have endeavored to balance decoration with expression, combine found objects with my own fiber work, and conjoin the two and three dimensional into one cohesive whole. In my latest series of mixed media work "WINGS", the subject is birds- in flight, taking off, soaring, diving, leaving the earth in joy and freedom. Man, earthbound by gravity, always longed to accomplish this feat and succeeded. Yet, despite our heroic achievement in aviation, we continue to look upward, following with awe and amazement the beauty and grace of a flight of birds. I hope that this body of work will evoke memories and associations where art, nature, culture, and the collective unconscious interlock."
On view on the Artist Staircase until June 2017