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Opens Aug. 24
Opens Sept. 13
Marianne Letro Laine Gallery, First Floor
MARIANNE LETRO LAINE GALLERY
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PAUL E. BELTZ GALLERY — SECOND FLOOR
We see and use symbols in everyday life. They are often so commonly used that our minds do not distinguish them from the written word.
As visual elements, symbols are often used as shortcuts in describing more complex concepts, actions or ideas, such as love or hope for eternal life. Symbols have been a proponent of language since the beginning of history. In fact, the English language, as we understand it, is simply a system of symbols.
In Figures of Speech, we bring together artifacts from many varied cultures and history to explore the concept of language and communication, juxtaposing them with those we more commonly employ today.
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Opens Aug. 24
Artist's Gallery Talk to be Announced
Conrad Levenson salvages scrap materials and obsolete objects, repurposing and recomposing them as works of art, while combining previously unrelated elements in unusual and unexpected ways.
This exhibition features 14 pieces from his collection of works. The artist will visit campus and give a gallery talk in October, but an exact date and time have not been set.
Levenson's sculptures evoke the former times, places, lives, unique character, and the embedded energy of their source materials. He tells their stories, as he explores and mediates the essential relationship between their form and content.
Ranging in size from the intimate to large scale installations, his sculptures are displayed indoors and out, often in spaces and settings of his own design. Individual works, series, and commissions are included in many private collections and outdoor public exhibitions.
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Opens Aug. 24
Artists' Gallery Talk: Nov. 14
Microcosm is a photography exhibition featuring the works of internationally recognized art photographers Beatrice Pediconi and Yasuko Oki. It is certain to stir your imagination and pique your curiosity.
The exhibition is curated by fine arts photographer Barbara Luisi, whose work has previously been featured in Quick Center exhibitions.
Italian artist Beatrice Pediconi, an architect by training, has produced works that bring together painting, performance and photography. She is drawn to the gravity-defying world of water, in which forms are always in flux. Her practice consists of “painting” on the surface of water and then capturing the quickly changing images photographically. An example is the top photo at right.
Pediconi, who lives in New York, will join Luisi in a gallery talk on Nov. 14, at a time to be announced.
Also featured in this exhibition is the work of Yasuko Oki (bottom photo at right), a Japanese pinhole photographer who captures wonderful sights that can't be seen through normal vision.
A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens, but a tiny aperature, a pinhole. It is essentially a lightproof box with a small hole in one side. Oki's technique is to use her pinhole camera to look at something through a clear bottle of water. The result, she said, "is a wonderful sight that is different from what I see with my own eyes."
WINIFRED SHORTELL KENNEY GALLERY
Opens Sept. 16
Artist's Event: 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29
Gary L. Wolfe earned undergraduate degrees in Christian ministries from Houghton College and in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
While working for local government in planning, developing and delivering health and human services to people in need, he began producing and publicly showing his artwork with encouraging success. This led to a return to school and the completion of a master’s degree in painting and art history from the University at Buffalo.
Wolfe’s varied life experiences and career have influenced his art. The elderly, children with disabilities, the disenfranchised and the poor, and even more abstractly, the problem of pain, suffering and alienation have consistently informed his work. Perhaps most significantly, his Christian faith has been, as he puts it, “a formative influence and formidable adversary in the spiritual inflection and tonality of my art.”
To coincide with his visit to campus on Sunday, Sept. 29, the Quick Center is working with University Ministries to plan a campuswide effort to help the homeless. Details will be announced.
Wolfe’s work has been shown in Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Ann Arbor, Buffalo, Rochester and other cities in the Northeast. He is a past-president of the Buffalo Society of Artists (est. 1891) and he continues to live and work in Western New York.
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