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Art by Malcolm Bonney and Renee Oubre at the Remington Rand building, hosted by Evolation Yoga

An opening reception for a show of work by artists Malcolm Bonney and Renee Oubre will be held at the redeveloped Remington Rand building in North Tonawanda on the canal (184 Sweeney Street) next Thursday, June 23, 5-9pm. The industrial landmark is being converted by a developer, Kissling Interests of Buffalo, into live-work studios and office space. The art opening is hosted by Evolation Yoga to mark the grand opening of their studios there. There will be music by Easy Crush.

Malcolm Bonney’s immense collection of abstract, contemporary, and literature-based symbolic art fills the space with contemplative grace.

Bonney’s work eclipses his last 30-plus years of self-referential iconography. Culling inspiration from myriad sources, his painting assemblages bring to mind the earliest combines of Rauschenberg, though with a brighter floral palette, reminiscent of South American Latino art.

Renee Oubre’s work mines a similar vein, and has been influenced by Bonney during their time together at Essex Street and Artspace studios. Acquiring skills from her artistic family, she has an abiding fascination with linguistics, comedic word play, symbolism, and elegant simplicity.

The art exhibit will be on display until the end of August.

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The North Tonawanda exhibit samples a broad array of Malcolm Bonney’s artwork, from the late 1960s to the present.

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