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ALISO VIEJO, Calif. -- Soka University's Founders Hall Art Gallery is proud to present the Western Coast premiere of Arie Galles' "Fourteen Stations/Hey Yud Dalet," a monumental suite of charcoal drawings. The exhibition, which comes to Orange County after its recent showing at the Florida Holocaust Museum in St. Petersburg, runs from February 16, 2005 through April 28, 2006, with an opening reception on Thursday, February 16, at 6:00 pm. Admission is free.
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"Fourteen Stations/Hey Yud Dalet" represents Galles' decade-long endeavor to produce 15 large-scale drawings based on aerial views of some of the most infamous Nazi concentration camps. The drawings are accompanied by the artist's shadow drawings of poems written by PEN award winning poet Jerome Rothenberg.
An epic response to the history that touched him as a Jewish child living in Poland after World War II, Galles offers the exhibition as his Kaddish, the Hebrew prayer for the dead. In fact, each drawing contains a Hebrew phrase from the Kaddish embedded within it and then obscured by layers …