Ackerman-Lalik exhibit relatable at Civic 514
The father and daughter exhibition, “Related Impressions: Rudy Ackerman and Ann Lalik,” continues through July 5 at Civic Theatre of Allentown Gallery514, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.
“I always thought my dad and I would have a show together and I am sad he passed away before we did,” stated Ann Lalik in her artist’s statement.
Dr. Rudy Ackerman, award-winning sculptor, painter, printmaker who founded the Moravian College art department and was executive director and gallery director of the Baum School of Art, Allentown, died in May 2015 at age 82.
Among the numerous lives he influenced as an artist, teacher, administrator, and arts visionary was his daughter, Ann.
Lalik, Gallery Director at the Ronald K De Long Gallery and Arts Coordinator at Penn State Lehigh Valley, is passionate about her role as a woman and an artist, stating, “I create wearable pieces depicting feminine archetypes. Jewelry as a metaphor exemplifies ‘those things’ we carry around with us ...
“For this exhibition, I focused on the formal, design vocabulary of my father’s work that holds a special place in my heart.”
A representational collection of oil paintings, prints and small metal sculpture created by Rudy Ackerman that were curated for this exhibit line one of the Gallery514 walls. Most of the abstract and symbolic works are from the 1970s and ’80s.
The op art-inspired pieces come alive with vibrant colors, overlapping lines and shapes, which have a hypnotic effect on the viewer. Several of the works are simple circles or squares that feature colorfully-patterned interiors that seem to weave in and out of focus.
According to Lalik, her father was also an excellent jazz musician who played the saxophone. The texture, rhythm and flow of music found its way into his visual art. Ackerman’s “Integrated Color” aquatint is such an example, with a circle filled with flowing lines in repetition and contrasting colors.
Lined up on the gallery’s facing wall are Lalik’s creations. She describes them as “… a new body of work in the form of wearable pendants that were specifically designed with my father’s vocabulary.”
Mounted so that they can be back-lit, “They simply incorporate circles, squares, texture, squiggly lines and color as an homage to my dad,” she said.
The large, translucent, pendent designs are assembled with a variety of materials, including cast acrylic and electroformed copper pieces that Lalik created years ago. “Circle with Rods,” made with cast acrylic, copper and copper-electroform with a bronze chain, mimics the circular and other juxtaposed shapes of her father’s work across the room from it.
For Lalik, it was serendipity that the June 17 artists’ reception for the shared exhibit was a few days before Father’s Day.
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