"5 = 1"

THE EDELSTEIN FAMILY


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

"5 = 1"
Jean Edelstein, painting/drawing; Sy Edelstein, photography; Bruce Edelstein, sculpture/drawing; Barbara Edelstein, sculpture; Jian-Jun Zhang, painting/photography.
January 2 - 31, 2003
Artist's Reception,
Brewery Annex: Saturday, January 4, 1-3pm
Union Center for the Arts: Saturday, January 4, 3-5pm

L.A. Artcore at Union Center for the Arts
120 Judge John Aiso St. (formerly San Pedro St.), Los Angeles, CA 90012
and
L.A. Artcore Annex at the Brewery
650A South Avenue 21, Los Angeles, CA 90031
For further information contact Lydia Takeshita
Tel (213) 617-3274, Fax (213) 617-0303
E-mail, artcore@pacbell.net
Web site, http://www.laartcore.org
Gallery hours:
Union Center for the Arts: Weds.-Sun., 12-5pm
Brewery Annex: Thurs.-Sun., 12-4pm

This exhibit covers the art created by an extended Los Angeles family over two generations. The artists include Jean and Sy Edelstein, their son and daughter, Bruce and Barbara Edelstein, and Barbara's husband, Jian-Jun Zhang, who was born in Shanghai, China.

Can the work of this family of artists be approached as a traditional tree, with a trunk at the center from which the branches extend, or rather as separate trunks around a common center? Though the work is quite varied, having very different sensibilities, can a connecting thread be discerned?

The work by these artists covers photography, paintings, works on paper, sculpture, and installation. Sy Edelstein's photographs documenting proprietors of small shops in urban centers are in a number of museum collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, the Skirball Museum, and the Museum of the City of New York. Jean Edelstein, a painter and performance artist, has been involved with themes reflecting the position of women and on current events as exemplified by victims of disasters. She has done performances in America, Europe and Asia, which led to participating in an exhibit at the Frauen Museum in Germany, currently on tour. Bruce Edelstein, a sculptor, has focused on the human figure in moments of deep uncertainly and vulnerability. He creates unique figures from beeswax, gauze and pigment. He is represented by the Denise Cade Gallery in New York. Barbara Edelstein has pursued an interest in public sculpture centered on the combination and balance of the urban environment and nature. She has produced many enigmatic sculptural installations for museums and cities in Europe, America and Asia. She recently completed a large sculpture for the entrance of the Guangdong Museum of Art in China. Jian-Jun Zhang utilizes painting, photography and sculpture to explore time and space, and how these concepts relate to human culture and the changing of our society. His work has been shown in Asia, Europe and America. He is currently participating in the 4th International Biennale in Shanghai, China.

Sy Edelstein passed away in August 2001. Jean Edelstein lives in Los Angeles. Bruce, Barbara and Jian-Jun live in New York City. All of these artists have shown internationally, and are in public and private collections around the world.


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