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The transient nature of life on earth – that brief blink of the eye during which organisms live out their existence – is the shared motivation behind two exhibitions opening Friday in Buffalo Arts Studio (2495 Main St.).

In “Deserted Rooms and White Noise,” artists Kristina Siegel and Jörg Schnier present an installation of objects made from silk organza along with abstract photographs that seem to extend or reflect the gallery space itself. Siegel, a German-born scenographer whose work for Torn Space Theater productions has drawn plenty of attention this year, is known for creating immersive environments that seem to speak of events and guests long-departed.

Along with Siegel and Schnier’s work, BAS presents “Husks,” a series of acrylic and watercolor paintings by Buffalo-based painter Alicia Malik. The paintings depict photorealistically rendered insects seemingly paused in mid-crawl against rich and textured backgrounds. Like “Deserted Rooms and White Noise,” Malik’s paintings prompt viewers to contemplate the brevity, and perhaps even the insignificance, of life.

“Even though the bugs are masterfully painted and the ‘focal point’ of each piece, it is impossible to focus solely on the bug,” a Buffalo Arts Studio statement reads. “The eye must travel and explore the expressive surface of the space.”

The exhibitions open with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday and run through Sept. 13. Call 833-4450 or visit www.buffaloartsstudio.org.

– Colin Dabkowski