Orna Feinstein: Ashera

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Anya Tish Gallery says
Artist Reception: Friday, March 17, 6:00 – 8:30 pm
On view: March 17 – April 15, 2017

Anya Tish Gallery is pleased to announce Asherah, an exhibition featuring new multi-dimensional monoprints and large-scale installation by Israel-born, Houston-based artist Orna Feinstein. Asherah marks Feinstein’s sixth solo exhibition with the gallery, as well as the 20th anniversary of the artist’s exploration of her iconic tree ring motif.

Asherah is the ancient Canaanite goddess of nature. Her symbol is a sacred tree, and her name means “grove” in Hebrew. Feinstein’s process-oriented work draws heavily from the inherent geometry found within nature, most notably trees, and the idea that each tree and its forms are as unique as the prints she produces. While Feinstein uses traditional printmaking techniques to generate many aspects of her monoprints, her finished works are anything but conventional. Combining materials like laser cut and printed paper, fabric, and heat-formed printed Plexiglas, Feinstein’s works become not only three-dimensional, but so optically activated that they seem to move on their own. The complex linear and circular patterns created by the fervid layering produce a Moire effect, providing visual tension between each strata that shifts and pulses as the viewing angle changes. The dynamism and vibration between foreground and background are both perceptive and sensory, calling back to traditions of Op Art titans like Bridget Riley and Victor Vasarely. In addition to her monoprints, Feinstein will exhibit a sweeping installation of printed and curved sheets of Plexiglas–a forest of towering cylindrical forms that overlay her linear patterns and circular motifs over and over again.

Orna Feinstein received a BFA from the University of Houston, Summa Cum Laude, in 2008, in addition to earning a diploma from the Glassell School of Art in 2002. Feinstein has exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, and her vast body of work has been honored with multiple museum retrospectives: The Printing Museum, Houston, TX; The Museum of the Southwest, Midland, TX; Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX; The Geometric and MADI Art Museum, Dallas, TX; and The Museum of the Southeast, Beaumont, TX. She has been selected four times to exhibit in the renowned International Print Center New York’s New Prints program, and one of her large-scale Plexiglas installations was recently exhibited at the prestigious Arte Fiera in Bologna, Italy. Her work can be found in numerous national and international public collections, among them The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston, Texas; The National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Taipei, Taiwan; The Printing Museum, Houston, Texas; Skopelos Foundation for the Arts, Skopelos, Greece; Roennebaeksholm Arts & Culture Centre, Naestved, Denmark; and Venice Printmaking Studio, Venice, Italy.
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