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July 13, 2001

Social Commentary Expressed Through Art

Explore contemporary social issues at "Idols and Icons: Historical Personae in Contemporary Artwork," an art exhibit at the Robert Else Gallery at California State University, Sacramento, Sept. 4 through Oct. 12.

The exhibit features three Los Angeles-based artists who utilize collages and media images to comment on modern political, social and cultural issues.

The cut and paste pieces of Lynn Bennett can be seen in American Illustrators 19 and the Society of Illustrator's Illustration 43. She has a degree in graphics from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and a degree in art education from New York University. Bennett also creates digital collages for clients such as the Chicago Tribune, Esquire, Forbes and the Los Angeles Times.

Shepard Fairey has been an avid skateboarder and creator of satirical artwork typical of skater culture since his teens. In 1989 he created a sticker design of professional wrestler Andre the Giant, his most popular work. Fairey now works as a creative partner for Black Market, a San Diego design firm. He creates designs for clients such as Pepsi and Universal Pictures and his art is regularly featured in international exhibitions.

Lee Jaffe's focus is on the roots of contemporary problems, especially racism. Like Bennett, he is widely recognized for his collage work and was among the artists featured at last year's Crocker Art Museum exhibit "Rough Edge: Selections from the Broad Art Foundation." One of Jaffe's paintings is exhibited in the Ashkenazy Gallery in Los Angeles.

The exhibition is open Monday - Friday from noon - 4:30 p.m. For more information call (916) 278-6166. Media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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