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Abstract Memories & Visions



Abstract Memories & Visions

Join Sofia Carmi and Robert La Rocca for their Opening Reception & Artists' Talk at the Italian Cultural Institute!

In the exhibit Abstract Memories & Visions, artist Sofia Carmi shares with us her investigations of memories of Florence, Rome and Venice through painting. In Matthew Steen words, "for Carmi, abstract art is a mix of 'memory, mystery, color, form and texture' that captures the viewer, forcing an interpretation not immediately apparent. An Israeli native, she was closer to the center of the European art movement living in Jerusalem, influenced both by surrealist painters and the desert landscape surrounding her as she grew up. Her aunt, Lea Vogel, was a Holocaust survivor and renowned Israeli sculptor who was also a profound influence on her art. Carmi describes herself as a 'modernist painting in the contemporary time.'" Carmi is strongly influenced by her Italian heritage. She holds a BFA from Ontario College of Art, and a MA in psychology from New College of CA.

Robert La Rocca was born and raised in North Beach, San Francisco, and received a Master of Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley and Harvard. In addition to a successful career as a landscape architect, La Rocca was president of the San Francisco Art Commission, and was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the San Francisco Botanical Gardens. His paintings of the last years have been an outgrowth of his profession in landscape architecture. In his words, "... I'm intrigued with overlapping images which make the composition more interesting--like writing a novel with several subplots. I like to trick the eye. In some cases, the lines go out to the space and it's up to you to connect them... I'm interested in activation the entire wall space and in the impact on the viewer."

Friday, March 16, 2018 | 6:30pm

Free admission | RSVP Required

Friday, March 16 - Friday, April 13, 2018
Opening Hours: 9:30am-5:00pm


Date: Friday, March 16, 2018

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:30 pm

Organized by : Istituto Italiano di Cultura

Entrance : Free


Istituto Italiano di Cultura, San Francisco