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“Foiled, Framed and Waiting”

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library will host “Foiled, Framed and Waiting,” a solo exhibit of images by Cleveland-based digital artist Andrew Raz. The show will run from March 10 through April 8 and an opening reception will be held on Thursday, March 10, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Raz uses photos derived from domestic scenery, nature, art history, television, books, websites and abstract imagery achieved through digital manipulation or the use of his own paintings. For Raz a successful or potent work depends on its ability to morph into and dissolve out of the fabric of its own making. The mysterious layered and manipulated images have a ghostly, ethereal quality to them.

For the artist, this is a commentary on modern society, where streams of information received in a seemingly continuous unending flow, overwhelm memory and trivialize personal experience and choice. Memories become fragmented and unreliable; even lucid, concrete statements are reduced to ultimately meaningless sound bites when placed in the context of modern society and mass communication, according to Raz.

Just as elements, trivial or insignificant, from the day’s experiences can find their way into one’s dreams, seemingly random images are juxtaposed and combined to provide clues or glimpses of a meaning that may be hiding just beneath the surface, if we could just remember the way there. 

Contrary to the notion of the photographic image as true, objective facsimile of life, Raz is interested in its potential for artificiality, ambivalence and vulnerability. To this end, he assembles and stages composite images depicting a range of subjects that symbolically and emotionally engage the viewer in a narrative that is fluid, nonlinear and, at its most effective, translucent, ambiguous and continuously in flux. 

As an undergraduate, Raz studied at the Cleveland Institute of Art. He received a B.F.A. from the Philadelphia College of Art and an M.F.A. from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. Essentially a painter, Raz gradually found himself gravitating to photography as an end result rather than a means of illuminating universal truths.

Raz has shown his paintings and prints locally and in Philadelphia both in juried art shows and solo exhibits. He has exhibited at SPACES and the Bonfoey Gallery in Cleveland and participated in a group showing of linoleum prints at the Print Club of Philadelphia. He was a frequent participant in the Cleveland Museum of Art May Show and won special mentions for painting. He is a regular exhibitor in the American Greetings Annual Spring Arts Show, where he won Grand Prize for Painting and numerous special mentions. In 2008, he was the recipient of the Annual American Greetings Purchase Award. Examples of his work may be viewed at his website: http://andrewraz.wordpress.com/people-and-places/.  

The exhibit is free and open to the public and may be viewed during library hours: Mondays through Thursdays 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 to 10 p.m.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Karen Zoller at 216.373.5267 or at kzoller@ndc.edu.