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Terry Rosenberg

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Colors of War is an exhibition of 100 digital paintings by artist Terry Rosenberg, who takes conflicts throughout the world and presents them in a provocative yet open reading into the context of painting. By identifying and placing two or more names of individuals, groups or ideologies on a single picture plane or shared territory, a stage is set for experience and thoughtful evaluation. Emotionally charged words such as "Israelis/Palestinians", "Democracy/Terrorism", and "Muslims/Christians" retain their concrete structure while appearing in vivid color arrangements that create openings for re-interpretation, discussion and debate.

Rosenberg synthesizes word and visual art by adapting a reductive aesthetic often associated with advertising. Using Photoshop design software, he composes with various fonts and color, layering and modifying key words into complex poetic artifacts. Each painting is an abstract physical meditation, provoking questions and emotions relative to each conflict. Rosenberg produced the images for Colors of War in both print (framed) and virtual (silent slide show) formats.

The exhibition includes educational programming created by Sacramento (CA) Public Library Director Rivkah Sass, /Library Journal's /2006 National Librarian of the Year, consisting of panelists from various fields in open discussion with audience members. Viewers can post comments and engage in discussion on the official Colors of War web-site www.terryrosenberg.blogspot.com. The site features 100 images and the essay /Colors of War and the Colors of Words/ by philosopher Richard Shusterman, the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in the Humanities at Florida Atlantic University.

Organized by the Omaha Public Library, Colors of War will travel to the Joslyn Art Museum, The American Library in Paris, Des Moines Public Library, Kansas City Public Library, Denver Public Library, Sacramento Public Library, Kumasi International Symposium, Ghana, University of South Alabama, Esquela Superior de Artes de Yucatan, Merida, Mexico, with additional venues to be announced.

Terry Rosenberg's paintings, sculpture and drawings, explore the physical, metaphysical, psychological and sociological aspects of the human condition by tailoring relationships with perception, consciousness and processes. His work has been exhibited widely in the US and abroad, and is included in numerous museum collections such as Smithsonian American Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Graphische Sammlung Albertina, Vienna. The artist lives and works in New York City. For more information about the artist, visit www.terryrosenberg.com

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