I improve on misquotation.
— Cary Grant
I used to dread getting older because I thought I would not be able to do all the things I wanted to do, but now that I am older I find that I don't want to do them.
— Nancy Astor
Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.
— H. L. Mencken
Depend on the rabbit’s foot, if you will, but remember that it didn’t work for the rabbit.
— R.E. Shay
image above: thanks to Mike Beam for the bar lamp!
"And someone played a Beach Boys song on the jukebox
It was California Dreamin'
So we started screamin
On such a winter's day..."
@ HW continuing thru Dec 20
gallery hrs Tues to Fri 11am to 6pm, Sat 1—4pm
"You can't smoke in here, Mr. Corbusier, you'll burn this mother down."
"Jesse Webber’s new series of prints is an homage to the historic trip made by Le Corbusier to the industrial area now known as the American Rust Belt in the early 20th century. Le Corbusier, as well as other modernist architects, were drawn to these buildings as they exemplified the spirit of modernist architecture in it's purest sense. Form derived from strict function—the building as a living machine. At the time of this trip, these areas enjoyed a boom of economic expansion at the top of newly emerging global markets. Upon seeing the grain elevators, Le Corbusier is reported to have exclaimed "The fruits of the modern era are upon us!" Corbusier did not forsee the depression and late-century decline that would eventually occur, nor could he have known that the particular open celled forms of these structures combined with grains that were stored in their interiors, and the gases and dust that they released, literally turned many of these grain elevators into architectural time bombs."
"Pining Wind is a communications satellite designed to eliminate the boundary between the illusion we know as reality and the reality of illusion by fracturing and multiplying the events of two lovesick lives. A video housed in the satellite tells a cyclical story that begins in the 9th century and ends in a century far in the future.
"The video Pining Wind (Fragmented on the Night Sea of Eternity) tells a mutated version of one of the most intimately human dramas, Matsukaze, a tale of pain and desire spurred on by the profound connection to illusion. Two spirits are trapped in the world of the living, enslaved in the ghost realm because of their longing for a lover who disappeared centuries ago. Their steadfast devotion to the impossible return of the lover repeats itself with every reincarnation of the spirits, and every subsequent punishment only invigorates their passionate crime."
@ HW Wed, Dec 10, 7:30 pm
Gray Hair Reading Series
Lorin Keller & Grace Ritz
@ HW Thurs, Dec 11, 7:30-9 pm
Paul Hogan: Points of Departure
Reading & Book Release
• Gene Witkowski, Glenn Murray, Robert Schultz, Michael Mulley, Jeannine Swallow, Jerry Greenberg, Amanda Giczkowski, NIck DeMarchi, Tim Raymond, Sean Madden, Candace Keegan, Neil Maher, Evan Everhart @ College St. Gallery op. Fri, Dec 5, 8-10pm (thru Dec 31)
• Creative Women's Alliance @ Olean Public Library op Sat, Dec 6, 2-4pm (thru Jan 7)
• Starlight Studio Holiday Gift Sale op Fri, Dec 12, 6-9pm (thru Jan 30)
• Denise Sperry @ Chow Chocolat op Fri, Dec 5, 6-9pm (thru Jan 1)
• Winter: A Group Exhibition at Indigo op Fri, Dec 5, 6-9pm (thru Jan 4)
• Group Show @ Studio Hart op Fri, Dec 5, 6-8pm (thru Jan 3)
• Holiday Open Studios Exhibit at B. West (148 Elmwood) op Fri, Dec 5, 5pm (thru Dec 20)
Catherine Schuman Miller @ BNAC
Koenig Open Studio
Past & Present: Remembering & Remaking History
Media Arts Regrant Screening presented by the Carnegie Art Center
@ the fabulous Riviera Theater in North Tonanwanda
w/ works by Mark Banner, Holly Johnson & Meg Knowles, Howard Kim (above), Lewiston Council on the Arts, Julie Perini, Stephen Powell, Seth Wochensky
Thurs, Dec 18, 7pm
• Buffalo Arts Studio Annual Artists Exhibit & Sale thru Jan 3 w/ works by Joanna Angie, Dennis Bertram, Jo Ann Brenner, Dave Buck, Robert Budin, Scott Bye, Oreen Cohen, William Cooper, K. Cornelius, Megan Cosgrove, Kara Daving, Valerie Dunne, Dorothy Fitzgerald, Bryan Hopkins, Bingyi Huang, William Koch, Jeffrey Lane, Lila Mandzyk, Brian Milbrand, Betty Pitts-Foster, Thomas Rojek, Kathi Roussel, Matthew SaGurney, Gary Sczerbaniewicz, Jody Selin, Kathleen Sherin, Chris Siano, Rosemarie Sroka, Deborah Stewart, Nancy Thayer, Jeffrey Vincent, and Milton Weiser
• Bruce Adams @ the Center for Inquiry thru Dec 24
• OP Art Revisited at the Albright thru Jan 25
• NCCC Student Art Show thru Dec 18
• LInda Gale Gellman, Nancy J. Parisi, Robert Schulman @ Studio Hart thru Jan 3
• Noncommittal and MicroCosmic @ UB Art Gallery (thru Feb 7)
• Kara Daving, Scott Bye, Viktoria Clostek, Oreen Cohen at Artspace thru Dec 20
• Nancy Treherne Craig @ Viridian Artists Inc. (NYC) thru Dec 20
• Artful Gifts @ Art Dialogue thru Dec 30
• Beth Munro and Robert Ivers @ Nichols thru Jan 16
• Harvey Breverman, Bruce Jackson, Terri Katz-Kasimov at UB Anderson Gallery thru Jan 18
• Richard Huntington, Max Streicher @ the Castellani thru Jan 18
On the one hand, thirty years of paintings crunched into an intensely swift mini-retrospective. On the other, a gigantic inflated dung beettle. Win/win!
• Andrea Ruggieri @ Olean Public Library thru Dec 3
• Buffalo Arts Studio Annual Artists Exhibit & Sale thru Jan 3
• A Holiday Bizarre at Grant St. Gallery (216 Grant) thru Jan 17)
• Mary Weig at Betty's thru Jan 11
• XIVth Fall National Show juried by Holly Hughes at Impact • Joey Buczak at Buff State thru Dec 5
• Julian Montague @ Armand Bartos Fine Art (NYC) as part of Sign/Age Pt II: Lost in the Supermarket thru Dec 19
• Rebecca Smith @ NIna Freudenheim thru Jan 13
• Sonia Peñaranda-Taggart @ 27 Holboro Dr (Orchard Pk) thru Dec 20
• Bruce Adams at the Center for Inquiry thru Dec 31 Buffalo News
• Trans-Evolution: Examining Bio Art @ CEPA thru Dec 20
• Bruce Adams & Richard Huntington at the Carnegie thru Dec 13
The Katzenjammer Studiomates finally show together and a lively show it is. Two painterly painters—one so reverent of art history that he is reimagining the lost and stolen, and one so irreverent that thrown-away lecture notes function as his points of text/image departure.
• Michael Goldberg @ Anderson Gallery thru Jan 18
• Geraldine LIquidano, Alan Larson @ Galeria Blanca (4222 N. Buffalo Rd, Orchard Pk) thru Dec 14
• Adele Becker, Susan Budash, Susan Copley, Jason Klinger, Ginny Lohr @ Amherst Jewish Center (Getzville) thru Nov 30
• Michael Goldberg @ UB Anderson Gallery thru Jan 18
• Rita Argen Auerbach at The Mansion on Delaware (until daylight savings time ends)
• Diane Baker at The Mansion on Delaware (indefinitely)
PEEPSHOW Call For Submissions: Deadline Jan 24
"We are looking for performance, sculpture, installation and media art proposals from local and regional artists for PEEPSHOW, Squeaky Wheel's largest bi-annual fundraiser and art event. This year's PEEPSHOW will be held on February 21st at the legendary and beautiful DNIPRO Cultural Ukrainian Center (562 Genesee St). The theme is "A Secret Worth Keeping" and can be translated in any way you see fit.
Send us a 1-page description of your proposal including project details, the equipment you'll need from Squeaky Wheel (projectors, monitors, dvd players, etc), visual documentation of project (if available), and a copy of your resume. Installation artists will be able to install the week of show and all works must be removed by Sunday, February 22nd. "We are also looking for single-channel videos (5 min. or less) to play in various locations. We accept clearly labeled mini-DV, DVD, and VHS video submissions. "Send all proposals/submissions to: Squeaky Wheel, 712 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202, Attn: PEEPSHOW 09"
What's More Festive Than A Rococo Minimalist?
Carlo Cesta: Security Measure
@ Convenience Gallery (56 Lansdowne, Toronto)
thru Dec 27
"It’s some sort of Kabuki freak show. She’s there but not there, a wanton but withdrawn shadow warrior who is in front of the camera and behind it, over your shoulder and in your face. Irony, mischief and something like bloodlust pervade every cell of her."
“School taught me how to count and taught me how to put a sentence together. But as far as the human spirit goes, I learned through folk music.”
NY Times obit
Something I listened to this week...
It's not like it's bad, but certainly not great—a document of a once-spectacular band nearing the end of its Bataan death march. Joe and Mick hate each other. Topper Headon, one of the finest drummers of the era, has had his junkie ass booted out of the band. Too bad. They should have had a few more years left in them.
Jonathan Borofsky Walking To The Sky, Pittsburgh
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
— Soren Kierkegaard