“Remembering September 11” Art of Ed Rath on Exhibit at Fairleigh Dickinson

Teaneck, NJ (August 17, 2006) – “Remembering September 11”, an exhibit of acrylic paintings on canvas by Ed Rath, will be held at University College Art Gallery on the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University from September 11-October 6.

Rath’s work centers on his personal narrative and is composed of distorted forms, dynamic compositions, and expressionistic color. He aims to find metaphors in his own personal experience that have meaning for a larger audience. Rath draws on influences from a broad range of artists as well as from images of popular culture.

Rath’s personal experiences and his reactions to the events of September 11 are echoed in his paintings. As he remembers that day, he said, “I watched the twin towers burn from upper Manhattan. My daughter was attending Stuyvesant High School, just a few blocks from ground zero and I spent the day looking for her. I was greatly relieved when we both finally made it to Brooklyn safely. The whole family was united again.

“Walking around for six hours among thousands of New Yorkers that day was an extraordinary experience. New Yorkers bonded deeply that day through their collective pain and grief.

“I tried to capture the feeling of that day by painting crowds of people walking away from the burning towers. The shock and sadness were apparent in every face. My paintings of September 11 focus on the ordinary citizens and how they conducted themselves during this stressful time. The tragedy seemed to unify us and it brought out the best in people.”

A reception for the artist will be held on Tuesday, September 19 from 3-5 p.m.

The University College Art Gallery is located in University Hall on the Metropolitan Campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. The Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information call 201-692-2801.


Note: Images available by request. Contact giglio@fdu.edu

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