Exhibition features works from 13 western New York artists

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“In and Out” by Pam Glick is among the many works featured within the exhibition “New Shapes from Old Tropes.”

The Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery will host the exhibition “New Shapes from Old Tropes” from Feb. 22  by means of April 10.

The exhibition features work, sculptures, collages and drawings by artists from the Buffalo space. Participating 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 visitor curator John Massier shall be current at a reception on Friday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the general public.

The exhibition title refers back to the artists’ novel strategy to panorama and figuration. Massier writes, “Yet, even once we may presume their absence, panorama and figuration are sometimes there, layered unexpectedly inside even essentially the most modern artworks. They slyly and infrequently emphatically resist the dustbin of artwork historical past, revealing themselves not merely as tropes in opposition to which newer concepts are contrasted however because the sustenance that lays a basis for even the most recent approaches to artwork making.”

Massier is the Visual Arts Curator at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center in Buffalo. He has been a curator and author of latest artwork since 1988, throughout which he has labored with lots of of nationwide and worldwide artists to current their work to the general public by means of solo, group, and residency exhibitions.

Below are extra excerpts from Massier’s essay within the exhibition catalog relating to the artists taking part within the exhibition:

Long presumed to be a figurative painter — as a result of each portray he has made has included figuration — Bruce Adams ably illustrates the stronghold an outdated trope can have over new work. Adams has all the time maintained that he was a conceptual artist utilizing figuration as a tool inside a extra malleable and open-ended strategy.

Nando Alvarez-Perez has adopted the extruded aluminum framing from the inside landscapes of conventions and commerce reveals as a format inside which to recontextualize photos, symbols, and texts from Western historical past, each avant-garde and kitsch. This bodily construction flattens all of the elements utilized onto the identical airplane whereas additionally replicating the flattening of images throughout our digital desktops, the place each mode of actuality and all references get smoothed right into a singular discipline of expertise.

Julia Bottoms’ ability as a painter resides firmly inside longstanding figurative traditions, however can’t be considered outdoors of our current context. What is radically disarming about her works are their emphatic vulnerability.

Kyle Butler has by no means employed figuration, besides in its absence. His depictions of darkened metropolis streets are notable for the deep emptiness of their areas, the wealthy darkness of their darks. The whole absence of figures inside these landscapes turns the constructed setting into an allegorical stand-in for the private psyche, sharpening the sense of lostness and emptiness inside these modern areas.

A.J. Fries’ work have typically featured nonetheless objects — intercourse toys, Monopoly items, toy automobiles, Buffalo Bills memorabilia, kitschy glassware — rendered with hyper-realism within the service of metaphorical or allegorical underpinnings.

Pam Glick’s “Niagara-USA-Canada” sequence, typically rendered in fast-sweeping, even messy, chunks of strains and colours, provides the misunderstanding of work made simply and shortly. In actuality, their compositions are refined and considerate.

In the work of George Afedzi Hughes, colonialism and its brutal historical past are interpreted by means of modern spectacle and widespread tradition resembling sports activities. Hughes manages to make works which can be mysterious and indirect of their side whereas additionally rendering particulars with intense specificity and directness.

More than able to capturing realism and lifelike drawing, Richard Huntington as a rule prefers to let free the road, actually following it wherever it trails. In doing so, he provides choice to his personal low-brow methods and undermines the pretensions of the lengthy historical past of portraiture and portray.

In the works included right here, Joan Linder has set her fastidious eye upon the pure world. In “Ground III,” measuring roughly eight ft sq., Linder has composed a maddeningly elegant portrait of a portion of grass, one half drawn from her yard, the opposite from the land at Love Canal. The impact is perceived as if we’re floating above the bottom.

In the work of Margaret Schrecongost, figurative kinds serve a number of functions from articulating id, to describing narrative and detailing life by means of portraiture… She is adeptly channeling acute anxieties by means of work that alternately make use of darkish surrealism, ambiguous narrative, and sardonic portraiture.

In “Seedlings,” virocode observes the nascent and radically swift growth of cellular phone towers sprouting from the setting to nourish us in a fashion not dissimilar from wheat or corn or the rest that springs from the bottom. While many could apply moral considerations to the expansion of cell towers (or windmills), virocode (Andrea Mancuso and Peter D’Auria) neatly situate themselves at an goal distance.

The sculptural work of Rebecca Wing appropriates panorama references and readapts them into formal elements inside her work, not in an effort to make “panorama sculptures” however to concoct objects of ambiguity that resonate with the thriller of their very own thingness, objects with particular although undefined identities.

The Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery is positioned on the primary degree of Rockefeller Arts Center on the Fredonia campus at 280 Central Ave. Gallery hours are Tuesday by means of Thursday from midday to 4 p.m., Friday and Saturday from midday to six p.m. and Sunday from midday to 4 p.m. The exhibition shall be open common hours through the campus spring break from March 14 by means of 18.

Contact Marion Art Gallery Director Barbara Räcker by way of email or name (716) 673-4897 for extra info, to schedule a bunch tour of the exhibition or to request a free exhibition catalog.

Funding for “New Shapes from Old Tropes” is supplied by the Fredonia College (*13*)’s Cathy and Jesse Marion Endowment Fund and Friends of Rockefeller Arts Center.

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