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July 16 - September 10, 2000
Opening Reception, Sunday, July 16, 3-5pm

15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles 90077
(310) 476-9777, ext. 276, FAX (310) 471-1278
Mon.-Thurs., 10am-4pm; Fri., 10am-2pm; Sun., 10am-5pm

The title Natura Naturata comes from 17th century philosopher Baruch Spinoza, who believed that man was part of the order of nature and that God and nature were one. In this exhibition of recent works by Pat Berger and Harriet Zeitlin, opening at the University of Judaism’s Platt and Borstein galleries on Sunday, July 16, viewers will come in contact with the visions of two artists who find inspiration and feel a deep personal connection to nature.

Harriet Zeitlin has always loved the ubiquitous Los Angeles palm tree. During daily walks, she would pick up and drag back to her studio the long fronds and armor-like part that attached to the trunk. These wonderful shapes and textures inspire her present work. Zeitlin has created a Forest of Columns covered with natural plant and tree forms, an installation in memory of the great Hypostyle Hall at Karnak. The columns suggest temples, sentinels, memorials, male/female embrace, and sensual entwinings and evoke a mysterious other-world presence. This body of work, completed in the 1990s, also consists of a vertical elongated sculpture in the round and the “Windfall Series” of painted palm frond bas-reliefs.

Pat Berger’s paintings and works on paper were inspired by a fellowship at the Julie and David White Artists’ Colony in Costa Rica during the summer of 1999, as well as earlier trips. The time to get in touch with nature gave her an introspective view of the colony’s surroundings. Abstract patterns of nature find their way into realistic images of plantscapes, at times suggesting subliminal images of humanistic or animal forms. At other times, a single plant can evoke the artist’s mood. The works on paper were painted with stabilos and watercolor; several combine collage. Most were done on location. The canvases were later painted in acrylics in the artist’s studio.

A reception for the artists will take place Sunday, July 16, from 3 to 5 p.m., at the University of Judaism’s galleries. The regular hours of the exhibit are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The exhibition will run through September 10.

The university is located at 15600 Mulholland Drive, just off the 405 Freeway, in the Sepulveda Pass. For more information, please call Robert Nagler Miller, (310) 440-1282. To arrange a docent tour, please call (310) 476-9777, ext. 203.

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