Arts & Culture


Sugar City is pleased to announce their upcoming exhibition Charlie Best: Something From the Basement. This exhibition is the first comprehensive solo exhibit of Western New York artist Charlie Best, and is the first exhibition from Dreamland’s Dreamy Exhibition Series.

Charlie Best: Something From the Basement  will have an opening reception Friday February 8, 2019 from 5:30-9pm and the exhibition will be on view until March 2, 2019. The gallery is open by appointment, during Sugar City Events, and every Friday from 5:30-7:30pm.

Something From the Basement will track Best’s artistic practice of reclaiming and recycling everyday and quotidian objects into sublime sculpture, wearable pieces of art, and immersive installation art. Something From the Basement will feature artwork both new and revitalized for the artist’s first comprehensive solo exhibition, and will include artwork that will seek to both catalyze viewership into action, and place viewers within the bespoke world of Best’s imagination.

Charlie Best is an artist and cake decorator living and working in Hodinöhsö:ni’ territory/ “WNY”. He holds a BFA from Alfred University’s School of Art and Design, where they learned to make paper, edit video, honor cardboard, and conjure illusions of gender.

Their work takes cultural scraps from capitalist white cis-hetero-patriarchy and mishmashes them into a fantasy that we can use to divine lessons and joy amidst anxiety and fear. The work maintains a floating, amorphous dialogue with family history, childhood, being trans, as well as gender and sexuality.

The Dreamy Exhibition Series is a series of nomadic exhibitions curated by Dreamland in an effort to reconstitute the organization’s visual arts branch. This comes in the wake of Dreamland being forced to leave its first home at 387 Franklin Street in the heart of Buffalo. Dreamland’s long-term goal is to raise enough money to purchase a property within the city of Buffalo and renew our commitment to Buffalo as a coalition of artists, activists, curators, and volunteers dedicated to Dreamland’s mission of providing a cultural alternative for artists and patrons of the arts in the Greater Buffalo area.

Dreamland is thankful to all of the organizations and curators who have graciously agreed to host the spirit of our organization through collaborative curatorial work and meaningful conversations as we embark upon The Dreamy Exhibition Series, and continue the long work of rebuilding.

Sugar City is Buffalo’s only legal, DIY, volunteer-run, all-ages performance venue. Accordingly, all events at Sugar City are drug and alcohol-free and end before 11pm. Our goal is to provide an alternative space to share and create art and community projects based on participatory culture and a do-it-together attitude. This organization focuses itself on the exhibition, performance, and creation of art for those who cannot obtain space from traditional sources. Events and initiatives include, but are not limited to music, films, poetry readings, a zine library, meeting space, art gallery, workshops, and more. We want to break down the barriers of what is and isn’t “art” because in some way everyone is an artist.

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