The Cathy and Jesse Marion Artwork Gallery will host the exhibition “New Designs from Old Tropes” from Feb. 22 as a result of April 10.
The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, collages and drawings by artists from the Buffalo region. Taking part artists are: Bruce Adams, Nando Alvarez-Perez, Julia Bottoms, Kyle Butler, A.J. Fries, Pam Glick, George Afedzi Hughes, Richard Huntington, Joan Linder, Margaret Schrecongost, virocode and Rebecca Wing.
The artists and exhibition guest curator John Massier will be existing at a reception on Friday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open up to the public.
The exhibition title refers to the artists’ novel solution to landscape and figuration. Massier writes, “Yet, even when we may presume their absence, landscape and figuration are usually there, layered unexpectedly in just even the most up to date artworks. They slyly and frequently emphatically resist the dustbin of artwork historical past, revealing by themselves not just as tropes versus which more recent thoughts are contrasted but as the sustenance that lays a basis for even the newest ways to art making.”
Massier is the Visible Arts Curator at Hallwalls Modern Arts Middle in Buffalo. He has been a curator and author of up to date art because 1988, through which he has worked with hundreds of national and international artists to current their do the job to the public by solo, team, and residency exhibitions.
Down below are added excerpts from Massier’s essay in the exhibition catalog regarding the artists participating in the exhibition:
Lengthy presumed to be a figurative painter — mainly because every single portray he has built has involved figuration — Bruce Adams ably illustrates the stronghold an old trope can have more than new perform. Adams has constantly preserved that he was a conceptual artist working with figuration as a product inside a far more malleable and open-finished solution.
Nando Alvarez-Perez has adopted the extruded aluminum framing from the interior landscapes of conventions and trade reveals as a format within which to recontextualize photos, symbols, and texts from Western heritage, equally avant-garde and kitsch. This physical structure flattens all the elements utilized on to the same airplane though also replicating the flattening of imagery across our digital desktops, exactly where each manner of actuality and all references get smoothed into a singular area of practical experience.
Julia Bottoms’ ability as a painter resides firmly in longstanding figurative traditions, but cannot be seen outside the house of our existing context. What is radically disarming about her functions are their emphatic vulnerability.
Kyle Butler has never ever utilized figuration, besides in its absence. His depictions of darkened city streets are notable for the deep vacancy of their spaces, the abundant darkness of their darks. The full absence of figures inside these landscapes turns the constructed atmosphere into an allegorical stand-in for the particular psyche, sharpening the feeling of lostness and vacancy in just these up to date destinations.
A.J. Fries’ paintings have normally featured continue to objects — sexual intercourse toys, Monopoly items, toy vehicles, Buffalo Expenditures memorabilia, kitschy glassware — rendered with hyper-realism in the company of metaphorical or allegorical underpinnings.
Pam Glick’s “Niagara-United states-Canada” sequence, usually rendered in rapidly-sweeping, even messy, chunks of lines and colours, presents the false impact of paintings built very easily and quickly. In fact, their compositions are advanced and thoughtful.
In the work of George Afedzi Hughes, colonialism and its brutal historical past are interpreted by contemporary spectacle and preferred lifestyle these types of as athletics. Hughes manages to make performs that are mysterious and indirect in their part although also rendering particulars with extreme specificity and directness.
A lot more than capable of capturing realism and lifelike drawing, Richard Huntington additional typically than not prefers to allow unfastened the line, basically pursuing it anywhere it trails. In executing so, he offers preference to his individual lower-brow means and undermines the pretensions of the long historical past of portraiture and portray.
In the operates incorporated listed here, Joan Linder has established her fastidious eye upon the organic entire world. In “Ground III,” measuring approximately eight toes square, Linder has composed a maddeningly tasteful portrait of a portion of grass, one particular half drawn from her yard, the other from the land at Appreciate Canal. The impact is perceived as while we are floating higher than the floor.
In the paintings of Margaret Schrecongost, figurative kinds provide various purposes from articulating identity, to describing narrative and detailing daily life through portraiture… She is adeptly channeling acute anxieties by paintings that alternately use dark surrealism, ambiguous narrative, and sardonic portraiture.
In “Seedlings,” virocode observes the nascent and radically swift progress of cell telephone towers sprouting from the setting to nourish us in a manner not dissimilar from wheat or corn or anything else that springs from the floor. While several may well utilize moral issues to the growth of cell towers (or windmills), virocode (Andrea Mancuso and Peter D’Auria) smartly situate themselves at an aim distance.
The sculptural do the job of Rebecca Wing appropriates landscape references and readapts them into formal parts inside her do the job, not in an work to make “landscape sculptures” but to concoct objects of ambiguity that resonate with the secret of their have thingness, objects with specific although undefined identities.
The Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery is situated on the primary degree of Rockefeller Arts Center on the Fredonia campus at 280 Central Ave. Gallery several hours are Tuesday by way of Thursday from midday to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from midday to 6 p.m. and Sunday from midday to 4 p.m. The exhibition will be open standard hours throughout the campus spring break from March 14 via 18.
Call Marion Artwork Gallery Director Barbara Räcker by means of email or get in touch with (716) 673-4897 for a lot more information, to plan a group tour of the exhibition or to ask for a no cost exhibition catalog.
Funding for “New Styles from Outdated Tropes” is supplied by the Fredonia School Foundation’s Cathy and Jesse Marion Endowment Fund and Close friends of Rockefeller Arts Heart.