DATE: August 31, 1994
CONTACT: Wendy Linden, (310) 476—9777, ext. 329


The Platt Gallery at the University of Judaism reopens October 2 with a special exhibition, “Remembrance,” by noted California artist Lita Albuquerque. The Gallery has been closed for reconstruction since last January’s earthquake.
Albuquerque is connected to early 20th century artists like Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian and Kasimir Malevich who advocated abstraction to express the spiritual in their art.

Featured in the Platt exhibition are the “Remembrance” series of paintings and related sculptures which have never before been shown as a group. In the center of each work is a coal or rock fragment which serves both as a metaphor for the earth and as a container of geologic memory. Albuquerque believes that rocks are like electro-magnetic fields that attract and retain information about the earth.

According to Albuquerque, “The Remembrance paintings are meant to function as tools of perception which permit one to enter the state between matter and ether, between the physical and the spiritual.”

In a Judaic context, the rocks take on an additional symbolism. From the tablets on Mount Sinai to the “Rock of Ages” in Hebrew liturgy, rocks have represented our earthly connection to the Divine.