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International contemporary artist exhibits at Loyola's Diboll Gallery

October 28, 2011

Iranian-born, mixed media artist Avish Khebrehzadeh will launch her exhibit at Loyola University New Orleans with an opening reception on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. in the Collins C. Diboll Gallery, located on the fourth floor of the Monroe Library. A lecture by the artist will follow at 7 p.m. The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, runs until Jan. 29, 2012.

Currently based in Washington, D.C., Khebrehzadeh’s contemporary work extends to drawing, painting and animation. Her exhibit at the Diboll Gallery features three animated drawing projections.

"We selected Avish as this year's visiting artist because she is an international artist whose work with animated drawing reflects the traditional and experimental processes that are part of our first-year experience in the Visual Art Department," said Karoline Schleh, director of the Diboll Gallery.

The exhibit includes “Falling Horse in Battle,” a two-channel synchronized video projected onto a diptych painting, and “Within and Without,” a video animation projected onto a painting based on the vice and virtue theme of Italian Renaissance painter Giotto di Bondone’s “Cappella degli Scrovegni” in Padova, Italy.

“My work scrutinizes humans in their intimate moments with their surroundings,” says Khebrehzadeh. “I’m interested in a reality that is impeccable inside, and impalpable in sight. This is a reality that is not changing day by day, season by season, and is not filtered through political views or events.”

In 2011, Khebrehzadeh was named a D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities Artist Fellow and received a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship. Her work has been displayed at major galleries and exhibitions throughout the world, including the Sprovieri Gallery in London, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rome, and the 6th International Istanbul Biennial in Turkey. In addition to her native Tehran, she has also lived in Madagascar, the U.K. and Italy, and often attests that her multinational pedigree has fueled her work and led to the creation of a body of images that render individuals and small groups isolated in undefined settings.

These events are supported by the Mark Grote Visiting Artist Series and the Biever Grant Lecture Series.

For more information, contact Jess Brown in the Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5882 or jlbrown@loyno.edu.

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