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Samek Gallery Hosts Launch Party Tonight

Sep 06, 2017 01:59PM ● By Erica Shames
Bucknell University's Samek Art Gallery will host a Semester Launch Party tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Samek Art Gallery, top floor, Elaine Langone Center, Bucknell University. Admission is free; wine, beer and light food will be served. 

An event designed for Bucknell students, faculty and staff, Lewisburg and surrounding communities, the launch party is a time to celebrate the start of the fall 2017 semester and it's an opening reception for the new exhibit: Inherent Control Cyphers. A time-based media installation, this exhibition explores identities, ideologies, allegiances, and the rituals we perform to sustain them. It is on display through December 3.  

Denver-based Laleh Mehran is an internationally acclaimed artist known for her work which explores the intersections of art and science, dissent and exile, and new media. A professor of Emergent Digital Practices at the University of Denver, Mehran draws on the visual languages of Middle-Eastern and European cultures to create this room-sized interactive multimedia installation.

“We are very pleased to premiere this new work by Laleh Mehran” says Richard Rinehart, director of the Samek. “Her inquiry into the roots of ideology and ritual are highly relevant to current events and the artwork creates an immersive experience that we invite everyone to visit.”

Born in Iran, emigrating to the United States at the age of 10, Mehran, the progeny of two Iranian scientists, credits the intersection of religion, politics, and science that took place at home as the inspiration for of her artistic practice. 

When visitors enter the gallery the digital avatars seem to be going about their own business until they respond to the visitor’s presence. The forms used in the exhibition are drawn from the environment of Merhan’s childhood in Iran. These interactions and forms invite viewers to think about how their own beliefs are structured.

Staff, students, faculty, and the Lewisburg community are welcome to join in celebrating this new exhibition and the Fall 2017 season.

Mehran will be back at Bucknell on October 20, 6 to 8 p.m. for an artist’s talk where she will unpack the complex history and depth of research which informed her latest work. A reception will follow in our main gallery. 

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