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Artists cross cultural lines at Brentwood Arts Exchange exhibit

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Courtesy photo. Megan Mueller’s work “My North.”

Courtesy photo. Megan Mueller’s work “My North.”

Published on: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

By Wanda Jackson

An exhibit is opening Monday at Brentwood Arts Exchange that initiates a dialogue between artists from Iran, South Korea and the United States.

The exhibit speaks to fundamental concepts about how people see their “life-scapes” and how they choose to live within them.

In “Nostalgia Structures,” Si Jae Byun, Hedieh Javanshir IIchi, Megan Mueller and Rachel Schmidt showed strong themes of whimsy, structure, play and nostalgia through their artwork.

Courtesy photo. Hedieh Javanshir IIchi’s work “The Tilting.”

Courtesy photo. Hedieh Javanshir IIchi’s work “The Tilting.”

Each artist addressed the concept of “nostalgia,” often with a heavy lean toward the autobiographical.

Their ideas manifested into forms of physical and imagined structures loosely based on habitable spaces that reference a memory, a nostalgia for something forgotten or unknown.

Each artist illustrated a playful approach and brought a distinct creative process armed with a diverse range of media and materials.

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