Arts & Culture

Basinski and O’Brien to Exhibit at WNY Book Arts Center

The Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC) presents an exhibition by WNY artists Ginny O’Brien and Michael Basinski, on view January 17 – February 23, 2019. An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition will be held Friday, January 18th from 5-9pm at 468 Washington St. in downtown Buffalo. This event is free and open to the public.

Ginny O’Brien and Michael Basinski are married and take advantage of their close proximity to compose collaboratively using language as material, and materials and color as language.

They create work using markers, gouache, original photographs, snippets of cloth, and prepared materials. The practice involves exchanging the compositions literally at the table, passing them back and forth and thereby dissolving the notion of the single artist. The compositions pool and invite one to take an improvisational dip.

Basinski continues his life-long literary practices within the realm of the poem. O’Brien is a mixed media painter, arts educator, and a resident artist leading visual arts activities for pediatric outpatients in a hospital clinic setting. In 2017, O’Brien and Basinski published their collaborative works in a book titled Combinings with Irish publisher RedFox Press. This exhibition’s title comes from the first cut on Big Brother and the Holding Company’s 1968 album Cheap Thrills. As Janis Joplin sang, “Oh, oh – yeah!”

Ginny O’Brien & Michael Basinski will also host an artist talk and demo at WNYBAC on Saturday, February 9th, at 2pm.

For more information about the exhibition, please visit and the official Facebook Event Page

The Western New York Book Arts Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of printing and book-related arts through education, creation, and exhibition for a broad and diverse community. WNYBAC is located at 468 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203. For more info visit, email, or call 716-348-1430.

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