'Distant Shores' at McIninch Art Gallery

Friday, October 10, 2008
SNHU Communications Office

 The McIninch Art Gallery at Southern New Hampshire University will present “Distant Shores: Cultural Exchange in Contemporary Art” from Nov. 3 through Dec. 13, 2008.  An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 6, in Robert Frost Hall. Artists will be present for a gallery talk and the SNHU Chorus will perform.

Themes of globalization, nationalism, multiculturalism and ideals of home are presented in this group of work. Media vary and include printmaking, painting and sculpture. Artists represented include Ambreen Butt, Fred H.C. Liang  (courtesy of Carroll and Son, Boston), Raja Ram Sharma (courtesy of Victoria Munroe Gallery), Karen Meninno (courtesy of Kingston Gallery), Shiva Ahmadi, Shelly Bahl and Eung Ho Park.

The artists hail from the distant shores of Irag, Iran, India, Pakistan and China. Their art reflects some of the questions, concerns and thoughts of identifying with or connecting to disparate cultures. The exhibition presents equally the work of both men and women, who share many common responses to their transcultural paths. However, the work also reflects a more gender-specific response to those circumstances. Ahmadi is an Iranian immigrant who was raised in a war torn country. The political commentary in her work is balanced out by the feminine response she employs in her decorative imagery of Persian scarves and jelly beans intertwined with barbed wire and army boots. Bahl, appropriates images from South Asian culture, specifically that of her native India, juxtaposing them against western advertising and marketing, such as Hollywood versus Bollywood. Ho Park’s imagery of eyes painted inside hundreds of bottle caps speaks for all of us as he quietly reminds us that we all bear witness to some form of cultural exchange when we do something as simple as look into the eyes of another.

“Distant Shores” invites you into a brief journey of a part of the world that is a stark contrast to Western civilization.

Please call Debbie Disston at 603.629.4622, e-mail m.gallery@snhu.edu for additional information. The McIninch Art Gallery, which was made possible by a generous gift from the McIninch Foundation, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The gallery is closed on Sundays. All gallery events are free and open to the public.


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