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Cultural infusion

As the very last venues of Beyond/In Western New York prepare to take down their segments of the show, many other area art galleries are wasting no time in getting back to their regularly scheduled exhibitions.

The Buffalo Arts Studio is one. A pair of exhibitions opening on Saturday in the space at 2495 Main St. will explore the art of cultural fusion, with video work by Hye Yeon Nom and an installation by Soheila Esfahani.

Hye Yeon Nom was born in Korea and works in Atlanta. In her videos, she explores the sense of dislocation experienced by many travelers and immigrants in unfamiliar places. "Having lived in two countries, I struggle to adjust to each different space and culture emotionally and physically," she wrote in a statement. "I have decided to use my body in my art as a connector between my private thoughts and the public world."

Esfahani, who was born in Tehran, Iran, and now lives in Canada, combines elements of Persian script with painting and sculpture -- all in an effort to explore how ideas are translated from one language and culture to another.

The show opens with a reception at 7 p.m. Saturday and runs through March 12. For more information, call 833-4450 or visit

-- Colin Dabkowski

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