NSU Performing and Visual Arts department to host Linda Behar ‘Chromatic’ exhibit

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(Permission from L. Behar) As a civil engineer and artist, Behar combines a wide variety of techniques, both digital and physical, to create her prints.

NSU is set to hold “Chromatic,” an exhibit by Linda Behar from Oct. 18 – Nov. 28 in the Don Taft University Center. The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m., where guests will be able to view a presentation and introduction of the series, as well as an interactive portion of the exhibit.

Every fall, NSU hosts an artist in gallery 217. Last year’s featured artist, Kandy G. Lopez-Moreno, assistant professor in the department of performing and visual arts, described Behar’s work as a reflection of “the idea of how a female should look.” Her focus is on the often unattainable and extremely non-inclusive standards that have been placed upon women for decades.

(Permission from L. Behar) Linda Behar, a Venezuelan-American artist and printmaker.
(Permission from L. Behar) Linda Behar, a Venezuelan-American artist and printmaker.

Originally trained as a civil engineer, Behar’s work brings a lot of unique forms and concepts to the forefront. As an artist, Behar’s art blends technology and physical printing through a variety of computer programs and artistic methods. “Chromatic” consists of prints and sculptures about body standards, attitude and the female figure, with a slight twist. Over the span of months, Behar asked for others to alter her work. Whether it be painting, collaging or anything in between, her prints have been transformed by others.

 

“We are individuals,” said Behar. “But at the same time, if we work together, we can make something special.”

But Behar’s work doesn’t just focus on the physical aspect of females. After

“When I was playing with this software, I realized that it’s not just the woman’s body —it’s also about the pose,” Behar said. “You have female poses and male poses. How can this kind of cultural pressure on the way that you are still be in place?”

In response, Behar created “Chromatic”: an exhibit to showcase the beauty behind variety, feminism and the non-conforming figure.

(Permission L. Behar) Behar holds up a print depicting a strong female with her hands on her hips.
(Permission L. Behar) Behar holds up a print depicting a strong female with her hands on her hips.

“The research of feminism is just equality for women,” said Lopez-Moreno. “If you believe that we should have equal rights, then you should come to the show.”

Admission is free and open to the public. In addition to her exhibit, Behar will hold a lecture from 4:30-5 p.m. on Oct. 18 and a workshop on Oct. 19 from 12:00 -1 p.m. For more information, call 954-262-7620 or visit cahss.nova.edu/arts/art-exhibitions.html.

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