When I was born I was so surprised I didn't talk for a year and a half
— Gracie Allen
I feel bad for people who don't drink because when they wake up in the morning and get out of bed...that’s the best they’re gonna feel.
— Frank Sinatra
Beyond happiness or unhappiness, though it is both things, love is intensity; it does not give us eternity but life, that second in which the doors of time and space open just a crack: here is there and now is always.
— Octavio Paz
Only dead fish swim with the stream.
— Malcolm Muggeridge
First Things First
Some magnanimous soul left a small pile of hand-made leaflets at The Church last week that kindly informed us that David Lynch's INLAND EMPIRE would FINALLY arrive in Buffalo for a one week stint at the Amherst, April 27—May 3. It only took about six months, but kudos to Dipson and thanks to the anonymous leafleteer.
Here's a Pulitzer Prize winner we should all miss
Hallwalls exhibitions continuing through May 26
Gallery hours: Tues to Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat 1—4pm, by appointment, prior to screenings
Thanks to everyone who came to last Saturday's openings. I know the artists both appreciated it.
Joan remarked during the installation that we had a nice nature/culture vibe going on—she having produced a large-scale drawing of local culture in her rendition of the Allen Street watering hole The Pink, while Ruben had a large-scale photograph of a ficus tree, a composite image from various separate images of Los Angeles' ficus trees. Culture, nature, interior, exterior, and both were produced at actual size.
I first met Joan long before she came to teach in Buffalo, I think in November 2001, though I couldn't remember how I came to her work (Joan reminded me it was a slide submission). From the get-go, I fell in love with Joan's style of drawing, an obsessive rendering that always manages to look convincingly real and entirely imagined at the same time. The first drawings I saw in person that she rolled out in the hallway of her Brooklyn studio were really long drawings of buildings and rocket ships. I would have probably been fine showing any of Joan's drawing work, but was more than pleased that she opted for depicting The Pink, a fairly ideal subject for consideration, given the unending array of personal histories that have somehow wound their way through the place.
I met Ruben back in 2005 in Los Angeles and was struck in my studio visit that I pretty much liked everything he showed me, and it was all different. From cut-out drawings, to the Rigor Motors sculptures (two coffins shaped as though you had died sitting in your car), to the brilliant customizing of his family's white food vending van into a mobile gallery (complete with hardwood floors and track lighting), to a life-size ficus tree cast from concrete. Thankfully, the life-sized ficus tree currently at Hallwalls is a vinyl cut-out and it's really nice to have a soft sculpture in the space. That's not a genre you see a lot lately and it's intriguing to see how a big flimsy thing occupies space.
If you weren't at the opening, we hope you check out the exhibitions.
JOAN LINDER: The Pink
RUBEN OCHOA: Clastic Rupture
Friday, April 27 @ 8:00 pm @ Albright
Resurrection Music presents: Sat. April 28 @ 8 pm @ HW
daddy does cybernetics: DIARY OF A MENTAL PATIENT
a performance text & video-collage by Jackie Orr
• Catherine Parker opening at Meibohm Fine Arts (East Aurora) Fri May 4, 6-9pm (thru June 2)
• Gina Sherwood at Starlight Studio opening Fri April 27 7-9pm
• Carl Lee and Brendan Bannon opening at the BPAC Fri May 11 5:30-7:30pm (thru July 8)
• Robert John Holland opening at the JCC Amherst (2640 North Forest Rd) Tues May 8, 7-9pm (thru June 25 in Amherst AND at the JCC Buffalo on Delaware)
• Insoon Ha: The Island opening at Big Orbit Sat April 28, 8-11pm (thru July 1)
• Daesha Harris, Nathaniel Infante, Sung Hee Yoon at UB Anderson Gallery opening Sat April 28 7-9pm
• Frances Crohn at Wilcox Mansion, opening April 27th 5-9 pm (thru May 20th)
• Daesha Devon Harris at UB Anderson Gallery opening Sat April 28 7-9 (thru May 20)
• Polly Little, Mark Lavatelli, Monica Angle, Sam Magavern, Jackie Felix, AE Felix, Barbara Rowe, Peter Sowiski, Olga Bajusova, Josef Bajus, Kathi Roussel, Peter Fowler, Bonnie Gordon, John Pfahl, Linda Collingnon, Robert Collingnon, Ilania Kaplan, Christopher Stangler, Trudy Stern, Michael Morgulis all open at Insite Gallery Friday April 27 6-9PM (thru June 17)
• William Storrs at the Kenan Center opening Fri April 27 7-9pm
• Buffalo Society of Artists Spring Show at Buffalo Art Studio opening Sat May 12 7-10pm (thru July 14)
• Nancy Treherne Craig, Lawrence Kinney, Alejandro Gutierrez at Art Dialogue opening Friday May 4 7:30-9:30pm (thru June 1)
• Rob Lynch at the Castellani Art Museum opening Friday, May 4 5-8pm (thru Sept 16)
• Ann Shier and Robert Schulman at Redfish Art Studios, East Aurora, opening Fri May 4, 7-10pm (thru June 2)
• Carol Vacanti at Flickinger/Nichols School opening Sunday April 29 2-4pm (through June 15) • Design Issues Exhibition at UB Dept of Visual Studies opens Thurs Apr 19, 5-7pm (thru May 4)
Albright Curator of Education Marianne Smith gives a free lecture on Eugene Delacroix Fri April 27, 6pm
Gallery Grand Opening
Rob Wofford at Gallery 61 (61 Main St. Tonawanda) Friday April 27, 8pm
Films, videos, and live performances by students from the UB Dept of Media Studies @ Soundlab Fri April 27 8pm
Jardin Nous Aimous
Hamlin House • 432 Franklin Street, Buffalo, NY • Friday, April 27, 8:30pm
multi-media performance~ integration of films, dance, vjs, live music, narrations, and brasque plots~ $5: General, $3:students/advanced! Modern dance, fire dance, japanese hiphopish dance, belly dance, veil dance, fan dance, the stripteasers' act! live music by Alex Kelly and music and video projections in one at time! it'll be going on for an hour and half! please come and enjoy!Door opens: 8:30 pm • Show starts: 9:00 pm
Get Yer Freak On...
FRANCIS BACON: Paintings from the 1950s
Friday May 4, 2007 • 3-10pm • Curator’s Talk 7pm
Albright-Knox Art Gallery
• Assembling the Best: Nancy Belfer, Joyce Hill, Gerald Mead, Russell Ram at the Carnegie Art Center through June 9
• Bryan Hopkins whopping great dysfunctional/functional works at the BPAC through May 6
• Ted Miller at the BPAC through May 6
• Andrea Cote, Sarah Hutt, Wendy Kawabata, Marie Kennedy, Tara Parsons, Daniela Rumpf, Penelope Stewart at RoCo through May 20
• Adam Nowicki and Sandra Bartz at Burchfield Nature & Art Center (West Seneca) thru May 25
• Jeff Freier at the Arts Council thru May 18
• Amy Greenan at College ST. Art Gallery thru April 28
• Kenn Morgan at Karpeles Manuscript Museum thru ...?
• Sung Hee Yoon and Nathaniel Infante at UB Anderson Gallery thru May 20
• WNY Exhibition of Young Women Artists at Impact thru April 28
• Denis Moran, Steven Smaldone, Ardyth Van Scoy, Catherine Kwiatkowski at ST. Bonaventure through May 12
• Kathryn Lynch at Nina Freudenheim Gallery thru May 2
• Bingyi: The Dawns Here are Quiet at UB Anderson Gallery thru May 19
• Nate Larson at 65 Allen Street through April 14
• Art Dialogue 11th Annual Members Exhibition through April 27
• Brian Machelski at Artsphere through April 27
• Lynn Sirades at El Museo through May 15
• The Visual of Watercolor: The Pratt Family Exhibit at the BPAC thru March 30
• Gary L. Wolfe: An Interactive Commentary on IS53 at BT Roberts Memorial Gallery, Rochester thru May 19
• Cynnie Gaasch at Starlight Studio thru May 4
• Layers: Jozef Bajus, Nancy Belfer, Barbara Murak, Georgia Trimper at Insite through April 20
• Ben Perrone (thru May 6), BPAC 40th Anniversary Exhibition (thru May 13), and Selections from the Ann Cravens ceramics collection (thru June 22), Adele Cohen (thru Aug 2), all at the Burchfield
• Milton Rogovin at the Castellani though June 24
• Dave Buck at Betty’s thru June 10
Still a Must See
Carolee Schneeman at CEPA thru May 26.
Olean Public Library Call for Work • Deadline May 3
The Olean Public Library has a 30 year history of exhibiting the work of established and emerging artists.
We are currently reviewing proposals for our 2008 exhibition program, which will include six solo exhibitions. The Library’s visual arts program focuses on the artists of Upstate New York, with particular interest in artists in Western and Central New York. Emerging artists are encouraged to apply. Visual art in all media is shown in the space, including painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, photography, video installations, etc. Honorarium and travel costs provided.
Submit by May 1: 10-20 images in slides or digital format (approx. 1 MB size each), resume, artist statement, and SASE to Cynnie Gaasch, Visual Arts Curator, Olean Public Library, PO Box 284, Buffalo, NY 14205.
SPACES announces deadline of May 11, 2007 for applications
SPACES, Northeast Ohio’s artist-run, alternative art gallery, is accepting applications for its 2007/08 exhibition season. We are seeking visual artists in all media, including video, installation, traditional media, web art, as well as proposals for curated exhibitions. All selected artists and curators are paid honoraria. For applications, go to Spaces or email info@SPACESgallery.org. SPACES is located at 2220 Superior Viaduct, Cleveland, OH 44113. Deadline: May 11, 2007.
Hallwalls Archive Pic
Jake was asking me recently what happened to the Archive Pics I was posting, so here you go, an image from the opening for the 1981 Hallwalls Members Exhibition. No idea who this is or whose art is behind, but art, jacket, and scarf all look pretty good together. Best of all, he's kicking it old school with a stubby bottle of Old Vienna!
What I'm listening to this week...
Reformation Post TLC review
2007 American Red Cross BASH is currently seeking works of art
American Red Cross BASH
Art Bars • Chocolate, that is • Deadline: July 27, 2007
Carnegie Art Center Professional Development Workshops for Artists • Spring 2007
The Carnegie Art Center presents a series of professional development workshops for individual artists designed to provide techniques and strategies for addressing current issues faced by contemporary artists. Each workshop has been designed to empower artists to strengthen and expand their resources as well as to provide professional networking opportunities.
Saturday, May 12, 2-5 pm
with presenting artists: Gerald Mead, Russell Ram, Joyce Hill
Fee: $30 Non-Members; $25 Members at the Carnegie Art Center
This is an opportunity for artists and non-artists to work together and share creative techniques through the art of assemblage. This event is inspired by the Collage Parties organized by artist Paul Butler at MoCA Geffen (Outpost for Contemporary Art) Los Angeles, Bergdorf Goodman (Scenic Group) New York, Sparwasser HQ, Berlin, Goldsmith's College in London, Plug In ICA in Winnipeg, Toronto International Art fair (The Power Plant. Whether you are interested in learning new creative techniques, a new artistic form of expression or would like to break through a creative block -while networking with other artists and professionals- this event will be especially beneficial for you.
S.O.S Workshop: Special Opportunities Stipend for Artists
Saturday April 28, 12-1 pm at the Carnegie Art Center
Presented by Lawrence Cook, Director of Regrants, Arts Council in Buffalo & Erie County
Learn how to apply for Special Opportunity Stipends which benefit artists in the literary, media, visual, music and theater disciplines. Artists can earn from $100 to $600 for specific projects. The S.O.S. grant supports travel accommodations associated with artist's own exhibitions and workshops, costs for materials to make their work unique, opportunities for advanced study with a significant mentor, professional fees, and services for lighting, graphic design or carpentry, expenses related to child daycare, allowing the artist to take advantage of a specific opportunity, and rental equipment.
The S.O.S. grant is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, as well as contributions from private foundations, and friends of New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA).
DEADLINE May 24 • Strategic Opportunity Stipends (SOS)
Strategic Opportunity Stipends (SOS), a project of the New York Foundation for the Arts, working in collaboration with arts councils and cultural organizations across New York State, are designed to help individual artists of all disciplines take advantage of unique opportunities that will significantly benefit their work or career development. Literary, media, visual, music and performing artists may request support ranging from $100 to $600 for specific, forthcoming opportunities that are distinct from work in progress.
How To Apply: Applications should be submitted to the appropriate regional sponsoring organizations at the addresses listed under the 8 Geographic Regions link above. Complete the application form. Submit copies of this form along with resume(s) and letter(s) of confirmation collated and stapled together into 7 sets.
7 copies of the completed application
7 copies of a brief, chronological resume (not to exceed 2 double-spaced pages).
7 copies of a letter or other written confirmation on organization letterhead of your participation in the opportunity for which you are requesting funds (for study with a mentor, include mentor’s resume or background information).
Round 3 - For opportunities occurring July–October Applications due at 5:00 pm May 24, 2007
Jonesing for design theory & production? CEPA still has openings...
Graphic Design Theory & Production
Instructor: Wendy Lasker
Mondays, May 7 – June 18 (no class May 28), 6:00 to 8:00pm $150 member / $175 non-member
Pre-requisite: Basic InDesign & Basic Photoshop (CEPA or equivalent)
Learn industry standard rules & guidelines for effective graphic design & layout. Focus will be on page design & the creation of multiple types of print materials. Material covered: color theory; form & line; relationship of elements on the page with respect to style, form, size, color, positive-negative space. Programs used: Photoshop & InDesign.
Web Design Theory & Production
Instructor: Wendy Lasker
Thursdays, May 10 – June 14, 6:00 to 8:00pm $150 member / $175 non-member
Pre-requisite: Intermediate-Advanced Photoshop (CEPA or equivalent)
Learn the tools, techniques, rules & guidelines of Web page creation. Technical & aesthetic considerations will be addressed. Material covered: tables—the basic building block of web pages; file hierarchy; image file types; text; hyperlinks & navigation; appropriate layout, image & art creation; web-safe colors; image & screen resolution; browser considerations; making your site live: FTP (uploading files), Web hosts, ISP’s, domain names. Programs used: Photoshop, ImageReady & Dreamweaver.
CALL 716-856-2717 TO REGISTER • http://www.cepagallery.com
One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe