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Around Town: The Small Gallery Season

Brandon Vickerd's Dead Astronaut, part of a show at Hallwalls called Tales to Astonish, opening September 9.

Upcoming at CEPA are three interrelated exhibits in conjunction with the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference to be held in Buffalo this year from October 19 to 22, and a re-presentation of a powerful and beautiful CEPA-sponsored artwork and installation first presented ten years ago, on the one-year anniversary of 9/11.

Requiem for September 11 consists of 46 16-foot-long banners silkscreen-printed with photos of each of the 9/11 victims, the photos originally published in a famous New York Times series in the aftermath of the tragedy called “Portrait of Grief.” The banners were hung today in the Market Arcade Building atrium and will remain through November 1. The 9/11 commemorative work is by New York City-based artist Tatana Kellner.

The three exhibits in conjunction with the National Conference for Historic Preservation have the umbrella title Showing the Grain. They are all in one way or another about one of Buffalo’s key historical architectural features, the grain elevators. One exhibit consists of black and white photos of the elevators by photographer Jet Lowe, who in the early 1990s was commissioned by the U.S. Parks Service to document the elevators for the Historic American Engineering Record. The second exhibit consists of photos by Mark Maio from the mid 1990s to early 2000s documenting the grain scoopers and their labor in the elevators and cargo ships, in portraits and work photos. The boys and men of the Ward. Tough. Irish. The third exhibit is a group show of the work of numerous mostly local photographers who have photographed the elevators over the years. All three grain elevator-related exhibits will run from October 7 through December 17.

Buffalo Arts Studio will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with an extravaganza exhibit of works by over 60 invited artists from BAS exhibitors from the beginning. The anniversary exhibit will run from October 1 to December 24, and will be accompanied by a catalog that will also include a prose history of the studio.

Upcoming at Artspace is a three-artist show of paintings by Tim Raymond and Dana Hatchett, and photographs by Kate S. Parzych, entitled In Suspect Terrain, with reference to a various landscape considerations in the artworks. The Artspace show runs from September 9 to 25. Additionally, a show of Tim Raymond live action ink and watercolor sketches of actors in performance in the last several plays at the Irish Classical Theater opens in the theater lobby September 8.

Opening September 9 at Hallwalls is a show, called Tales to Astonish, of paintings and sculptures by Donovan Barrow, Brandon Vickerd, and Kevin Yates, with references to comic books and the 1980s movie Flash Gordon. The collaborative work is said to tap into the deeper significance of lowbrow entertainment.

Opening November 4 is an exhibit by Robert Hengeveld called handscape agglomerate. A bizarre fabricated and decidedly artificial natural landscape rises and falls at it moves around the exhibit space, and the viewer must decide what to make of it all. Hengeveld is an installation and multi-media artist whose work explores the boundaries between reality and fiction.

Also, on September 6, Hallwalls will host a panel discussion on the topic Ten Years Later: Where Are We Looking Now? That is to say, ten years after 9/11. On September 8, the film Romeos, directed by Sabine Bernardi, about gay love, friendship, and sexual awakening. And on September 14, the film What’s on Your Plate, directed by Catherine Gund, about awakening about food. The film follows two 11-year-old girls as they explore their place in the food chain.

Squeaky Wheel is holding an open house September 10 that will include presentations of film and video and sound works by Brian Milbrand, Vince Mistretta, and Brian Larson Clark, and an interactive video window installation by Ken Scaffidi. And on September 30, openings of installations by Kyle Martin, his sound sculptures capturing and processing live audio, and Andrew Deutsch, his video on Japanese nuclear facilities in the aftermath of the tsunami.

On October 13 at Squeaky Wheel, a screening tribute to the work of pioneer avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren, who died in the 1960s. A selection of some of her works, including silent works that will be accompanied by live music by the current avant-garde trio of Daniel Bassin, Steve Baczkowski, and Jax DeLuca.

On November 18, a film by Helen Hill featuring experimental animation and handmade filmmaking techniques, such as drawing and painting on the filmstock, and frame by frame animations. And on December 11, screening of four videos in Squeaky Wheel’s Channels: Stories from the Niagara Frontier program, whereby video artists work in conjunction with local environmental or social issues organizations. The four artists (and organizations they worked with) are: Anna Scime (Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper); John Fink (Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Resurrection); Mark Barner (Niagara Gateway Columbus Park Association); and Vince Mistretta (Clean Air Coalition). Note: The Channels videos will be shown at Burchfield-Penney, not at Squeaky.

Upcoming at El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera is the Day of the Dead altars exhibit. This is an open community show. Anyone is invited to construct and exhibit an altar dedicated to the memory of someone or something lost. But anyone who would like to do so should call Kitty Lambert, gallery director, at 578-3782, to let her know and learn pertinent details. The Dia de los Muertos altars display will run from October 28 to November 25.

From December 2 into January, El Museo will present a National Arts Program-sponsored exhibit of artworks by teachers and police officers and their families.

New and old work by Richard Tuttle will be exhibited at Western New York Book Arts Center, in association with UB Art Galleries. Tuttle will read from his new work on September 3.
The Type Truck will be parked in front of the WNYBAC on September 15.

On Saturday (September 3) at the Western New York Book Arts Center there will be a book launch for a new volume produced by WNYBAC in association with the UB Anderson Gallery, Richard Tuttle’s 8 Poems. The evening will include a reading by Tuttle and display of Tuttle’s other art books from the UB Poetry Collection. The display will continue through October 15.

A one-night-stand Type Truck open house is scheduled for September 15, featuring letterpress printer Kyle Durrie’s refurbished truck mobile printing studio. She’s stopping here on her nationwide tour with her truck.

An exhibit of works by Korean-American printmaker and book artist Hyeyoung Shin, called Books and Ritual, is scheduled for October 14, to run through December 10.

And this year’s Pecha Kucha event, in which a number of artists present their new work in 20 slides or less, will be held at WNYBAC on October 19.

Also, an analog print and bookmaking demonstration, featuring a silkscreen printing demonstration by Anne Muntges, and the unveiling of the WNYBAC new silkscreen studio, is scheduled for October 22.

At the C. G. Jung Center, a show of new works by Olga Bajusova will open September 9 and run through October. The next show after that, of new works by Thomas Edwards, will open November 4 and run into December.

Starlight Studio and Art Gallery will present paintings by area abstractionist Jane Bergenn and architectural drawings by Starlight artist Noah Filk from October 7 to November 18, to coincide with the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference. Also, the Starlight Holiday Show, featuring artworks by numerous Starlight artists, is scheduled for December 2 to January 27.

At El Buen Amigo, September is Hispanic Month. Friday (September 2) is the opening of an art exhibit featuring the works of Latin artists Diane Ortiz, Regina Morrow, La Gata, Amos De Burros, Carols (Viterbo) Karviter Duarte, Amanda Hippert, Jennifer Leone, and Tina Metias. Music by the Latin Jazz Project.

Other Hispanic Month events are on successive Fridays: September 9, a poetry reading; September 17, a potluck dinner (bring a dish or drink to share), with songs by La Gata and Andes music by Victor Torres; and September 23, a Spanish movie night, in Spanish, with English subtitles. (Note: Regular Spanish movie nights are every Wednesday through September, October, and November.)

The Hardware Café will exhibit photography by Brendan Bannon, September 9 to October 5; photography by Molly Jarboe, October 7 to November 1; paintings by Robin Mols, November 4 to November 30; and photography by Robert Shulman, December 2 to January 4.

Rust Belt Books will show paintings by Diane Meldrum from September 4 through the month of September, and artworks by Scott Puccio through the month of October.

The Carnegie Art Center Members’ Show will go from September 15 to October 7, followed by an exhibit of works of plein air painters basically relating to architecture, from October 13 to November 7 (coinciding with the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference). A members’ show of the Buffalo Society of Artists will run from November 10 to December 2. And from December 8 to January 31, a show of collages by artists Russell Ram and Gerald Mead.

> by Jack Foran

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