Thursday, September 26th, 7-9 PM
Donn Delson is a visual savant. An ability to communicate conceptually, literately, and visually, informs his photographic work, creating conversation that percolates through all three modalities.
His work has been exhibited in such prestigious forums as The Los Angeles Art Show, Affordable Art Fair: New York, Hong Kong, London, The Palm Springs Art Fair, Aspen Art, SCOPE Miami Beach, Art Market Hamptons, the Axiom Contemporary Gallery in Santa Monica, and Victory Contemporary in Santa Fe. His photographic oeuvre has been featured in articles in Crave Online, Silvershotz Photography Magazine, Fabrik Magazine, and the Huffington Post.
I am an image collector. The things I see, or envision in my mind’s eye, often become meaningful icons that inform my photography. The camera is the mechanism by which I hope to translate that visual imagery into meaningful photographs.
As a young child, I remember staring out the window from the upper berth of a railway sleeper car, long after my parents were asleep, and freeze-framing the nighttime beauty of farms and fences and moonlit reflections in ponds as they raced by to the steady clickety-clack of the wheels on the tracks. I seek to recapture that same sense of wonder and discovery each time I look through the lens, infusing those revelations with fresh feeling and purpose, rich in intangibles, subtextural statements, and conversations.
As one who finds peace in meditation, photography affords me not only artistic expression, but also spiritual nourishment. I am intrigued by unexpected perspective and enigmatic imagery.I am particularly drawn of late to abstract aerial photography, shot from "doors off" helicopters at altitudes of 1200-10,000 feet.
Thursday, September 26th, 7-9 PM
LILI SIGEL was born in May of 1945 and grew up in Tel Aviv, Israel. She attended the Fine Art Institute and worked in art galleries while studying Art History and Graphic Design. In 1975, she moved to the U.S. and worked as a Graphic Designer, doing layouts for a newspaper in Pittsburgh. Lili became involved in the art community there and curated events and exhibits. During the 1990's, she owned and ran an art gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico; once again sharing her love of modern art with the community. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, where you can find her painting in her studio on a daily basis.
My current works of collages & mixed media employ various organic materials (wood, canvas, paper, etc.) that lost their usefulness but still have a rich history and tell a proud age-old story. Additionally I use acrylic paint to harmonize and balance my composition.
Modifying simple organic materials into distinctive assemblages helps me understand the common denominator between consumption, waste, and the environment. My artworks are mixed metaphors connected in inventive and poetic ways by a non-linear narrative to remind us that ‘repurposing’ is filled with valuable wonders that fuel our resourcefulness and our human yearning for purpose.
India through a Jewish Lens
Thursday, September 26th, 7-9 PM
"The photographs show people in their spaces, already, but with the assurances that realism always illustrates what you haven’t seen yet, the connections, colors, the geometries suggested by human form and direction, the hidden hand, usually demeaning, and not signifying like a subject engaged and exposed, and both the photographer and the subject fully enjoying the surprise of human contact."
Mary Leipziger is a Los Angeles based Canadian Jewish photographer whose photographs have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, the Philadelphia Enquirer, Dallas Times Herald, National Museum of American Jewish History and many other publications.
Ms. Leipziger holds an M.A. from California State University, Northridge, CA, a B.A. in Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture Los Angeles, CA and a B.F.A. from Boston University in Boston, Mass.
Mark Strickland: Between Heaven and Hell, Fears and Desires
A Retrospective 2001-2011
"Mark Strickland, who defies the mainstream with his unsparing depictions of the worst we human beings do to each other. He requires us, no matter our discomfort, to look at it, and to confront our own responsibility. He does so in a scale, and with a passion that brooks no avoidance on the part of anyone who shares his courage to look barbarity, and cruelty, and misery in the face. His works- look at it! Really, look at it! That’s all he asks- is a maelstrom of conflicting emotion: anger, pain, sadness, grief, shame, guilt, it’s all there, upfront, unavoidable.
And then, finally- let’s not forget this, because it might be overlooked- there’s the bottom line, the one below the suffering. Or above the suffering, perhaps. It’s Strickland’s omnipresent, deeply expressed hope for peace and justice in the world."
Karen Amy Finkel Fishof
Born in the Bronx, NY, Karen was heavily influenced by the NY art scene, hanging out in clubs with Andy Warhol and Keith Haring in the 80’s. She apprenticed under artist, Marylyn Dintenfass and was greatly influenced by her thematic color schemes and work practice. Karen attended Syracuse University as a painting major, where she received a BFA in painting including a year abroad at St. Martins School of Art, London, UK, where she first started creating photograms under the same professors that worked with Gilbert and George and showing her paintings in New York.
Karen has been working as a painter, photographer, window dresser and graphic designer creating window designs for Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, Dress Barn Stores and major music labels as well as design for licensed products for Kraft Foods, Simon Malls, Crayola, Nickelodeon, Imax, Cartoon Network and Gameboy after receiving a second degree in Graphic Design.
By pushing the boundaries of conventional black and white photography, I produce large scale, life size, one-of-a-kind photograms, using a variety of techniques, creating imagery as no one has done before.
Photograms provide the medium I need to tell my stories. Through them, I can express ideas about society and mass media. I love the creative process of these works, from the exposure to the development. The magic of seeing the image appear when the photo paper is placed in the chemistry, knowing it was a moment captured with no negative. I relish the anticipation in the darkroom of seeing how various objects live in the light and how light wraps around them and capturing that living dance on 2D, still, photo paper.
I am influenced by all artistic mediums including interior design, film, music, fashion and social media. I've worked in all these areas professionally, and draw from their current trends. The photogram process, the way I'm doing it, allows me to collage these areas together into one cohesive image statement.
The Dortort Center Galleries are located at Hillel at UCLA. The public is invited to view our exhibits Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm (or at other times by special request) when school is in session.
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