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August 7, 2013

Rueff Galleries feature international faculty exchange exhibit

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - QUARTET, an exhibit featuring photography and visual communication design by faculty members from Purdue University and Eastern Mediterranean University in North Cyprus will run Aug. 20-Sept. 6 at the Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries.

Rueff Galleries are located at Yue-Kong Pao Hall, 552 W. Wood St., West Lafayette, and are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until 7 p.m. on Thursdays. A reception for QUARTET is 5-6:30 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the Rueff Galleries.

The exhibition examines photography's peculiar possibilities within broader multidisciplinary contexts and techniques, while providing a platform to cultivate international cultural exchange both at Purdue and Eastern Mediterranean universities. The exhibition includes work by the following artists:

* Senih Cavusoglu, from Eastern Mediterranean University. Cavusoglu's digital collages are designed within the framework of visual poetry in which the role of the object has an anti-leader character. He finds objects in his surroundings and manipulates them to create new meanings. He interferes with the built-in description and meaning of the found object and transforms them into pieces of a new "linguistic puzzle."

* Umit Inatci, from Eastern Mediterranean University. Inatci's series entitled the "The cosmetic of the wasted" involves what he calls "digital paintings" based on photographic images. Inatci observes that urban life has turned itself into monumental blocks of waste and trash. He observes that people are transforming the environment into "creatures" that have a place in their lives instead of sending them away. 

 * Petronio Bendito, associate professor of visual communications design at Purdue's Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts. Bendito turns photographs of natural disaster events from around the world into non-representational digital color prints. For Bendito, the work functions as a metaphor of the human ability to turn darkness into light and pain into lucid moments of reflection. His work explores the notion of resilience through his use of color and digital process.

* Min Kim Park, an assistant professor of photography Purdue's Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts. Park's work focuses on the challenges and contradictions latent in the false fantasy of the liberated woman from her perspective as an Asian immigrant artist and with a journalist background. Park produces pictures that simultaneously exemplify and expand on images and processes that were once called pure photography.

Media contact: Amy Patterson Neubert, 765-494-9723, apatterson@purdue.edu 

Sources: Liz Erlewine, 765-496-2958, eerlewin@purdue.edu

Min Kim Park, 765-496-2959, Park500@purdue.edu

Petronio Bendito, 765-494-9920, pbendito@purdue.edu

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