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August 30, 2001

Social Commentary and Pop Icons
Explored Via Art

"The Three Graces: Faith" by Lynn BennettDelve into colorful collages at "Idols and Icons: Historical Personae in Contemporary Artwork," an exhibit at the Else Gallery at California State University, Sacramento, Sept. 4 through Oct. 12.

The exhibition features three Los Angeles-based artists who utilize media images to comment on modern political, social and cultural issues in American society.

The work by Lynn Bennett, whose collage "The Three Graces: Faith" is featured to the left, can be seen in "American Illustrators 19" and the "Society of Illustrators." 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 Angles Times."

Shepard Fairey is an avid skateboarder and creator of satirical artwork typical of skater cultural. In 1989, he created a sticker design for professional wrestler Andre the Giant, his most popular work. Fairey now works as a creative partner for Black Market where he creates designs for clients such as Pepsi and Universal Pictures. His work is regularly featured in international exhibitions.

Lee Jaffe's focus is on the roots of contemporary social problems such as 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."

The gallery 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 pubic affairs office at (916) 278-6156.


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