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By Conor Moynihan » Thursday, September 15, 2016

We draw a distinction between the real and the imaginary, between the tangible and the intangible. But where do they intersect? Observation and imagination, arguably two key components in art-making, blur and change place when viewing the work of artists Raymond Bonilla and Richard Kersting in “Observe and Imagine,”... Read More

By Joseph DiDomizio » Thursday, June 9, 2016

Richard Rockford says he does not have the patience to wait for paint to dry, which is why he prefers to work fast, while still taking his time to assemble his sculptures. “RePurpose,” currently running in the recently opened Paper Moon Gallery on Allen Street, collects his work from the last two years into an... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Tuesday, May 3, 2016

In the vast tangle of American art history, many unanswered questions remain hidden in plain sight. They’re just waiting for the right curator to come along and solve them.In the UB Anderson gallery, an important question that now seems obvious in retrospect receives a concise and elegant answer: How did the G.I. Bill... Read More

By Conor Moynihan » Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Torey Thornton’s paintings are massive and optically gripping. Biomorphic shapes meet angular geometric blocks of color, resulting in forms that border on incoherence. Either his paintings refuse to look like anything at all, or what they look like keeps shifting the longer you stare at them. More often they do both at... Read More

By Reuben Wolf » Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The fickle mistress of memory is the focus of Buffalo Arts Studio’s latest installation “Committed to Memory,” crafted by mother, retired teacher and local artist Dorothy Fitzgerald. Her installation is huge and spacious, consisting of 24 paintings. Each piece features abstract and recognizable imagery that will... Read More

By Colin Dabkowski » Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The Hamburg Public Library’s $3.6 million expansion project, which deposited a new rotunda with high ceilings and huge windows in a former parking lot along Buffalo Street last year, was about much more than adding space for books and computers. It was about atmosphere. It was about attitude. And, perhaps most... Read More

By Conor Moynihan » Tuesday, March 22, 2016

There is a definite street art feel to the blocky, highly emphasized brushstrokes of Pam Glick’s paintings and drawings. Marked by drips of paint, irregular geometric forms, highly saturated fields of color, and loopy, often nearly illegible text, it was no surprise to learn that Glick has previously been shown alongside... Read More

By Joseph DiDomizio » Thursday, March 17, 2016

“The Consequence of Small Decisions” is a curious and bright selection of Cassandra Ott’s most recent series of hand-painted, abstract collages and mixed media work. Currently showing at Pausa Art House (19 Wadsworth St.), Ott’s pieces utilize repetition and structure to visualize the winding, often invisible... Read More

By Conor Moynihan » Wednesday, March 9, 2016

What does it mean to see the pain of others? It’s a question you may ask yourself – as I did – after leaving “Me postojisarav – Postojim – I exist,” the new exhibit at Dreamland. Featuring video, sound sculptures, paintings and performance art by Selma Selman in her first U.S. solo show, the exhibition was... Read More

By Conor Moynihan » Wednesday, February 17, 2016

To visit Nando Alvarez-Perez’s show “Totems for a Flattened Now,” anticipating a classic photography exhibition is to have your expectations scrambled. Part sculptural and part photographic, Alvarez-Perez’s installations at CEPA Gallery reanimate, narrate and recycle images. A web of meaning unfolds in the gallery,... Read More

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