Showtime November 2013

Sun Rises on Hofstra

To the modern eye Ukiyo-e, 19th century Japanese woodblock prints, look more like psychedelic ’60s poster art than the staid realism of Western art prevalent during the 1800s. But those “pictures of the floating world” (a literal translation of “Ukiyo-e”) that revel in fleeting moments of beauty, are only part of this exhibition at the Hofstra University Museum. Drawn from the facility’s permanent collection, Land of the Rising Sun: Art of Japan contains Ukiyo-e from such luminaries as Keisai Eisen, Ando Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, along with hand painted scrolls and wood carvings. A span of time from the 16th to the 20th century is represented, when Japan gradually emerged from the insular feudal period and began having an impact beyond its borders. To reflect that cultural sea change, pieces that reveal the influence of Japanese art on the oeuvres of Western artists are also included.

Land of the Rising Sun: Art of Japan will be on display until February 2nd, 2014 at the David Filderman Gallery in the Hofstra University Museum, Hempstead. (516) 463-5672,

Material Matters

The artist’s concepts+materials=art. True indeed, but the inverse is also true: The materials inspire the ideas just as much as the ideas can guide the artist’s choice of materials and how they are manipulated. This means that Material Matters, much of it created by local, veteran artists, is no one-medium show—for the exhibition as a whole or the art itself. Since any material is fair game, manipulated metal and fabric occupy the same space. Dennis Leri, Pulse Artist VIP alum, unifies welded metal and paint to create strong, iconic imagery while Gabriele Raacke applies modernist reverse painting to glass. Utilizing softer materials, Carol Hunt uses a loom to abstractly weave together thread, wool, silk and feathers and Christa Maiwald morphs needle-and-thread textile art from homespun stiffness into witty narratives.

Materials Matters comprises 11 artists and will show through November 17th at Levitas Center for the Arts at Southampton Cultural Center. (631) 287-4377,

michael isenbek

Michael Isenbek, Associate Editor, dabbles in both fiction and nonfiction writing, coordinates the Pulse event listings and writes the text for "Zoom," among other editorial tasks. He has a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies and a Bachelor's Degree in Cultural Studies with a concentration in Journalism from SUNY Empire State College.