Galleries of Contemporary Art
Ways of Knowing: part 1

Ways of Knowing: part 1

October 7–December 16, 2011

GOCA Downtown

James Griffioen, Rori Knudtson, Laleh Mehran, and Yumi J. Roth


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Part 1: Rori Knudtson | Laleh Mehran

Opening Reception: Friday, October 7 | 6-9 pm | GOCA121 | 121 S. Tejon Street
October 7 - December 16, 2011

Ways of Knowing explores the paths we take and methods we use in defining and experiencing place. Place is an amorphous entity: hard to define because it is personal, comprised of memories, mapping points, and cultural cues.

Four artists individually interpret their notion of place from diverse viewpoints: James Griffioen documents the metamorphosing urban landscape of Detroit, Michigan, through large-format photography; Rori Knudtson attempts to reconcile intimacy with the vast Arctic landscape through video, sound and installation; Laleh Mehran navigates the personal and political experiences of two opposing and merging cultural terrains through a site-specific project; Yumi J. Roth investigates our definitions of location and security through materials and installation.

PLACES, an eight-week lecture series related to the exhibit, features sixteen speakers including the four Ways of Knowing artists. Click here for more information.

Rori Knudtson works in the space of in betweens-physical and mental architecture, memory and immediacy, material and immaterial-in an effort to question social, psychological and physical constructs of space. Knudtson works with architectural concepts, installation, sound, video and performance. She recently completed a two-year residency with RedLine/Denver and will be in residency in the fall of 2011 at USF Verftet/Bergen (Norway). Currently, she is working on production of a film project in Svalbard in fiscal sponsorship with the New York Foundation for the Arts and has recently launched a five-year urban renewal project with the city of Copenhagen and the School of Critical Engagement. She received her BSVC from Ohio University, her M.Arch from the University of Colorado and her MFA in New Media from Transart Institute/Berlin. She is the recipient of grants from the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Moulton Foundation and was awarded Alpha Rho Chi Medal honors in 2007. She lives and works between Los Angeles, Copenhagen and Norway. and

Laleh Mehran received her MFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Electronic Time-Based Media. Her work has been shown individually and as part of art collectives at the Next 5 Minutes 4 Tactical Media Festival in Amsterdam, Holland; the European Media Arts Festival in Osnabruck, Germany; Ponte Futura in Cortona Italy; Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA; the Orlo Video Festival in Portland, Oregon; the Carnegie Museum of Art; The Georgia Museum of Art; The Andy Warhol Museum; and the Pittsburgh Biennial at the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts in Pittsburgh, PA. Currently, Mehran is an Associate Professor in the Electronic Media Arts Design program in the School of Art and Art History at the University of Denver.