TOM S. FRICANO TRANSFORMATIONS: THE NATURE OF ABSTRACTION

CONTACT: Robert Naer

TOM S. FRICANO
TRANSFORMATIONS: THE NATURE OF ABSTRACTION
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF JUDAISM’S PLATT AND BORSTEIN GALLERIES,
MAY 14 JULY 9, 2000

Tom S. Fricano has created a formidable panorama of found materials and objects in his exploration of the territory of abstraction. Recently retired as Professor of Art at California State University, Northridge, Fricano has received a number of honors and grants, including a Fulbright Scholarship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. This exhibit will survey 40 years of Fricano’s work at the University of Judaism’s Platt and Borstein galleries from Sunday, May 14 to Sunday, July 9.

Equally comfortable with a printing press, a paintbrush, or detritus of the street, Fricano harmonizes mixed media in contrasting series with geometric symmetry and captivating chaos. Along with using monographs and other printing techniques, he invented a printing process he has labeled “assemblegraph.”

Early in his career, Fricano discovered the collage of found objects to be eyecatchingiy pieasurabie. in his work, he incorporates a wide vailety of discarded materials — wood, corrugated cardboard, sand, street trash, punch cards and printed circuits. Fricano’s appreciation for the abandoned goods of a technological society extends to using common lint gathered from a clothes dryer, damaged game boards darts and bird feathers.

Remarkable mandalas aglow with auras and watercolors suggesting geological striations, recent grids of intense, detailed color are all part of his personal, poetic landscape for a highly original view of the ordinary object.

This exhibition is in honor of James H. Jacobson, founder of the Fine Arts Council at the University of Judaism.
A reception for the artist will take place at the University of Judaism’s galleries on Sunday, June 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. The regular hours of the exhibit are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The university is located at 15600 Mulholland Drive, just off the 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass. For more information, please call (310) 440-1282. To arrange a docent tour, please call (310) 476-9777, ext. 203.

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