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Jan. 8, 2004

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    OSWEGO -- "No Romance: An Installation by Haleh Niazmand," will offer a look at identity, security and national politics when it opens at SUNY Oswego's Tyler Art Gallery with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30.

    At 7 p.m. Jan. 29, in Room 102 of Tyler Hall, Niazmand will discuss her work in the gallery installation. The exhibition, reception and talk are all admission-free, and the public is invited to attend.

    "In the space between being an Iranian exile and a naturalized American citizen there is no romance," Niazmand said. "I feel a necessity for an honest self-proclamation. In the wake of Sept. 11, 2001, when responsible citizenry is being threatened and the democratic practice ever so challenged, I feel it is imperative to utilize my art to give voice to my beliefs and values. Thus 'No Romance' is a self-portrait."

    Born in 1962, Niazmand's life in exile began upon her move to Ankara, Turkey, in 1985. In 1988 she emigrated to the United States, where she received a master of fine arts degree from the University of Arizona in 1996. She works in a variety of media and disciplines including painting, sculpture, installation and occasionally video.

    According to the exhibition brochure essay, written by Sharon Parker, "No Romance" is a self-portrait that is made up of three distinct pieces: digitally enlarged fingerprints; multiple impressions of these fingerprints combined with text; and sculptural, fabricated multiple bullet holes.

    "This compelling series," Parker notes, "appeals to its American audience to consider the ramifications of their government's efforts to ostensibly protect American citizens by removing their civil liberties."

    Niazmand's lecture is sponsored by Artswego, funded in part by the SUNY Oswego student arts fee. Funding provided by the SUNY Oswego Student Association's art exhibition committee makes the exhibition possible.

    "No Romance" opens concurrently with "Six Women Printmakers," which features work from the college's Grant Arnold Collection of Fine Prints. Both exhibitions will run through Feb. 21.

    Gallery hours are 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays. Visitors with disabilities needing assistance to attend gallery programs should call 312-2113. Visitors' parking is available and free to attend gallery events.

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'Many Wounds' from 'No Romance' installation

'WOUNDS' SHOWN -- "Many Wounds," featuring rows of encaustic-on-wood pieces resembling bullet holes, is part of the upcoming "No Romance: An Installation by Haleh Niazmand" exhibition at SUNY Oswego's Tyler Art Gallery. It will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30. Niazmand will discuss her work at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 in Room 102 of Tyler Hall. The exhibition, lecture and reception are admission-free and open to the public. For more information, call 312-2113.

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