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Words and Pictures at Western New York Book Arts Center

Modern era poetry and art, art and poetry, books from the UB archives are currently on display at the Western New York Book Arts Center.

Paul Wilson's Photos at Allen Street Hardware

Photographer Paul Wilson begins his artist’s statement by explaining, “The photographs themselves are the result of my experimentation in learning to use a camera and film in my daily life. They have no specific meaning or intent, nor does their significance in grouping exist in any way other than the autobiographical or the individual inferences of the viewer.” Wilson may avoid use of a narrative, but he makes use of shadows to fully convey the mood. The shadows wrap around forms, obscure faces, and delve into each corner. Just as Wilson uses the contrast of dark and light, he creates images steeped with the extreme heat of summer or the frigid chill of winter. The moments Wilson has chosen to capture are not fleeting, are not rushing, and are not relaxed. These moments are indifferent, unassuming, concrete. Wilson is somehow able to portray lawn furniture as aloof. The people in these photographs are nonchalant. Even in vulnerable moments, the subjects appear unfazed. It is as if Wilson is not stopping these moments, but the moments are stopping Wilson himself. The viewer is left feeling the impact of these images while the subjects don’t seem to be affected in the slightest. The domestic scenes seem at once familiar and completely foreign. Perhaps you recognize the house or the subject, until you are struck with a sense of self-consciousness because these people are probably too cool to have ever hung out with you.

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