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The works in the show tend to have a decidedly contemporary feel. Take, for instance, a handful of figurative paintings by artist Raffi Kalenderian. The work, depicting young hipsters wearing Nike shoes and bandannas, recalls the paintings of Nicole Eisenman (http://www.artnet.com/artists/nicole-eisenman/) and Elizabeth Peyton (http://www.artnet.com/artists/elizabethpeyton/). Meanwhile, another artist, Pamela Jorden, represents an unusual approach to painting by using round canvases and watery, bleached-out colors. Mark Flores contributes a sculpture of stacked slabs of painted canvases and colorful wood boxes, like a deconstructed painting, while Michael John Kelly presents an augmented-reality video that brings to life stagnant paintings in his studio via animations. The slippery nature of translation, particularly between German and English speakers, was the subject of a recent study by a linguistics professor at Lancaster University, which Herse cites in the catalog for the show. The study, which showed videos of actions to both monolingual German and English speakers, revealed that the two groups actually have different ways of seeing the world.