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Sensation/Symbol Art Exhibit to be Held at Mount Union College

January 14, 2008

artexhibitjan08Mount Union College will feature figure paintings by Robert Raack and Lawrence Alboum from January 14 through February 3 in the Crandall Art Gallery.

Raack, whose predominant subject is the human figure, paints from direct observation. His digital images are derived from photographs he has taken and extensively reworked to express a particular psychological state.

“One of my chief interests is in observing how the surrounding space influences and supports the human posture and how the posture and presence affects my reading of the surrounding space,” said Raack.

Raack, a well known throughout the region as a consummate watercolor and figurative painter, earned a master of fine arts degree in painting from Kent State University and taught painting, drawing and design at the Cleveland Institute of Art for 23 years. He currently teaches at Baldwin-Wallace College and Youngstown State University.

Alboum, who likes to paint the human figure set in simplified backgrounds, keeps his forms and compositions concise and structural.

“My objective is to use a sense of simplicity to enrich the personal and symbolic themes of my figurative work,” said Alboum. “I use a generally tart color sense along with linear enforcement to create a feeling of depth, while retaining an emphasis on the picture plane.”

Alboum, who attended New York University and Newark Art School, has exhibited extensively in New York and New Jersey as well as locally and abroad.

An artists’ reception will be held on Thursday, January 17 from 5-7 p.m. Harp music for the reception will be provided by Jaclyn Kurtz, a senior music education major of Hudson and student of Katherine Bracy.

Crandall Gallery, which is located at the corner of Simpson Street and Union Avenue between Cope Musical Hall and Rodman Playhouse, is open Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1-6 p.m.

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