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Rinat’s Art Show January 15, 2009

Posted by Beth in Art, Friends.

Café Zoe

1929 Menalto Ave
Menlo Park, CA 94025



Rinat Goren

Collection of paintings and collages

January 7 – February 27, 2009

Reception: Thursday, Jan.22, 2009, 6-8 pm


1. A.C. Cargill - January 21, 2009

Hi, Beth. Thanks for not saying that this is art. Ayn Rand’s “Romantic Manifesto” states that art is the selective recreation of reality in accordance with the artist’s metaphysical value structure. A bunch of circular shapes within rectangles using various shades of yellow and red (with a bit of blue here and there) hardly meets that criteria. As an artist who DOES meet that criteria, I get a bit tired of things like this being promoted as art, so again, thanks for not doing so. Don’t get me wrong. If Rinat can sell this stuff, more power to her (or him).

2. haynesbe - January 21, 2009

I know that Ayn Rand has defined art in a particular way. My friends Rinat and Lisa have helped me to respond to visual images differently. I still find I prefer representational art, but I also have found that some presentations and arrangements of color, shapes and patterns can be quite pleasing and enjoyable. In a way, abstract art is more like music—creating a mood, an ambiance. There is still much “sense of life” which can be portrayed even so abstractly. I am grateful for their self-expressions in the forms which they offer them. I do feel it has added value to my life.

3. LisaK - January 27, 2009

Thanks for sharing the art show info- I’m going to try to go see this, and then go to the gallery that I told you about in Palo Alto-
I found the above definition of art interesting. Interesting, in part, because I draw a different conclusion from it. As someone who generally thinks abstractly, my visual input is often highly abstract. I have a terrible visual memory, but I often remember details (of situations, places, or objects) that are abstract: emotional, relational, conceptual, spacial, impressionistic. Finding ways to communicate that through imagery is challenging, but very satisfying, and it has kept me going through times when I was down enough to question continuing making art. The point is, we all experience the world differently. Not necessarily “better”, but different.

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