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ILLUMINATIONS: Aleph to Tav

A Mixed Media Exhibit Exploring the Symbolism of Hebrew Aleph Bet

The Color of Jewish Penicillin by Lynn Rae Lowe
THE COLOR OF JEWISH PENICILLIN

Homage to Andy Warhol (1927-1987)

 

POP ART. Sometimes, when you are dedicated to conveying something intensely significant to you, you need to be aware that you don’t get so intent you lose your sense of humor. Although not Jewish himself, Warhol’s signature image of Campbell Soup cans is a perfect parody to include in this exhibit.

 

Why 27 letters?  The final form of 5 letters are included. 

 

"My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat - or in film's case 'run on' -

manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.” Andy Warhol

 

Vinyl & Acrylic, 20” x 40”

Fine art print, 26" x 20"

Art print, 24" x 18"

Commissions available

Otiyot as Words by Lynn Rae Lowe
OTIYOT AS WORDS

Homage to Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997)

 

“Lichtenstein's signature Ben-Day dots, mechanical drawing and speech balloons became a trademark of Pop Art and its belief all forms of communication are filtered through codes or languages. It was obvious no one could better represent how Otiyot (Hebrew letters) are words as Lichtenstein’s artistry and creativity.” Lynn Rae

 

POP ART. An interesting fact– both Warhol and Haring did a Mickey Mouse series in 1981... 20 years after Lichtenstein’s “Look Mickey” challenged response was created. Yet Warhol is considered the Father of Pop Art.

 

Pop Art had its beginnings in 1961 when Lichtenstein’s son, pointing to a Mickey Mouse comic book challenged, "I bet you can't paint as good as that, eh, Dad?”

 

Vinyl & Acrylic, 43” x 30”

Fine Art Print, 29" x 20"

Art print, 26" x 20"

Art Print, 24" x 18"

Commissions available

PLANETARY GLYPHICS, CELESTIAL OTIYOT

Homage to Adolf Gottlieb (1903-1974)

 

“When I saw Gottlieb’s pictographs, I felt I had discovered a kindred soul. His imagery, philosophy and style made him the perfect artist for my astrological representation of letters using Celestial script.” Lynn Rae

 

PICTOGRAPHS. Gottlieb radically changed his approach to painting while living in Tucson’s desert in 1937-38. He used universal symbols that transcended time, place, and language to appeal to the level of the unconscious mind and to offer a pathway of release from a trouble-ridden period in history.

 

“He wanted his art to have the same impact on all his viewers, striking a chord not because they had seen it before, but because it was so basic and elemental that it resounded within them.”  Julio Gonzalez

 

Acrylics on Canvas, 24” x 24”

Canvas Giclee, 20" x 20"

Commissions available

Planetary Glyphics, Celestial Otiyot
Traditional Symbols in Cursive
TRADITIONAL SYMBOLS IN CURSIVE

Homage to Ida Kohlmeyer (1912-1997)

 

“I selected a feminine and soft cursive font for Ida. Since she used the title “Symbols” for many of her paintings, it seemed fitting she would represent traditional glyphs associated with the aleph-bet. “ Lynn Rae

 

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONIST. Ida’s enduring interest in the native arts began on her honeymoon. She was a traditional Southern housewife, taking her first class only after her second child was in school. She found herself astonished and moved by the spiritual aspect of painting. Influenced by Miro and his informal grid-like style.

 

“I’ve experienced an elevation of spirit, almost a mystical happening, where I am not doing the painting. It evolves under its own mysterious power. This exquisite state of being simulates a religious experience.” Ida Kohlmeyer

 

Fine Art Print, 24” x 24”

Art Print, 24" x 24"

LIVING LETTERS

Homage to Keith Haring (1958-1990)

 

“I find when I research so much, study with intensity or push myself to achieve a personal goal, I can lose touch with the joy of my objective. Haring kept me inspired and smiling.” Lynn Rae

 

POP ART. Haring achieved his Pop/Comic Art through whimsical graphic design and primacy of line. He created a visual language of vivid color and active figures that brings together man and the world.

 

“Art should be something that liberates your soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further.”  Keith Haring

 

Gesso Board and Canvas, 22 @ 8” x 8”

Fine Art Print, 24" x 18"

Art Print, 24" x 18"

Commissions available

Living Letter by Lynn Rae Lowe
Spiritual Resonance by Lynn Rae Lowe
SPIRITUAL RESONANCE

Homage to Mark Rothko (1903-1970)

 

“I selected Rothko to hide the letters in the color field to see if you, the viewer, can evoke any meaning when looking at the paintings.  He advocated standing 18 feet away but since these panels are so small, I advise you stand 18” away.” Lynn Rae

 

ABSTRACT EXPRESSIONISM/COLOR FIELD.  Freud, Jung and collective unconsciousness archetypes influenced Rothko. Nietzsche influenced his artistic goal of relieving modern man’s spiritual emptiness. Rothko wanted maximum interpretation without hindrance. Luminous colored rectangles were used as simplified means evoking emotional responses.

 

“I'm not an abstractionist. I'm not interested in the relationship of color or form or anything else. I'm interested only in expressing basic human emotions: tragedy, ecstasy, doom, and so on.” Mark Rothko

 

Acrylics on Canvas, 27 @ 8” x 10”

Archival Canvas, 26" x 20"

Art Print, 20" x 16"

Commissions Available

32 Forms of the Aleph-Bet
THE 32 FORMS OF THE ALEPH-BET

Homage to Audrey Flack (1931 - )

 

“Traditionally preschoolers learn the aleph- bet using cuddly animals, fruits and vegetables. Mimicking Audrey Flak’s photorealism technique I wanted to engage a larger audience.  I selected colored pencils where the aleph bet is portrayed with a single familiar object to appeal to children of all ages who love color.” Lynn Rae

 

PHOTO REALISM. As a pioneer of this art genre, she incorporated projecting photographs as an aid to painting.   She emphasized symbolism to create “universal” work that all can relate to and understand.

 

“What makes for great art is the courage to speak and write and paint what you know and care about.” Audrey Flack