Saturday, January 03, 2009

UB Art Galleries Announces Three Exciting Exhibitions for Spring 2009

UB Anderson Gallery:

Enrique Chagoya: Adventures and Misadventures, Prints and Multiples 2002-2008
March 6 - April 26, 2009
The show will feature approximately 15 works published by different presses, including ULAE, Sharks Ink, Segura, Magnolia Press, Hui Press and Trillium.

Chagoya has been actively making prints for over 25 years, and his work in the medium has become increasingly experimental in terms of scale, mixed technique and even dimension, which is the focus of the current survey. The exhibition begins in 2002 with Chagoya’s “Enlightened Savage,” a set of 10 “soup cans” published by Trillium Press. Mimicking Campbell’s labels, Chagoya’s offerings include "Critic's Tongue," "Cream of Dealer," and "Museum Director's Tripe." The most recent - and most ambitious - works in the show are two examples of his latest codex, published by Magnolia Press in December. Titled "New Illegal Alien's Guide to Critical Theory," each work combines lithography and monoprint on 8 foot long sheets of amate paper. Two superimposed layers of images hand drawn and printed on plexi sheets give the work a rich and startling sculptural dimension. The exhibition also features two "Codex" prints published by Shark's Ink. in 2004 and 2005, "The Ghost of Liberty," and "Double Trouble (Anthropology of the Clone)," both commentaries on the Iraq war, as well as "Thinking of Ensor and My Cat Diego" published in 2007 by ULAE. Born in Mexico City in 1953, Chagoya received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA from the University of California at Berkeley. He currently resides in San Francisco and is Associate Professor of Art and Art History at Stanford University. Chagoya's work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, LA County Museum, and the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., among others. A career survey exhibition organized by the Des Moines Art Center traveled to the Berkeley Art Museum and the Palm Springs Desert Museum in 2008.

Organized by the George Adams Gallery

UB Anderson Gallery is supported with funds from the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Anderson Gallery Program Fund, and UB Collection Care and Management Endowment Fund.

UB Anderson Gallery, located at One Martha Jackson Place near Englewood and Kenmore, is open Wednesday through Saturday 11am-5pm and Sunday 1-5pm. For more information, please call (716) 829-3754.

UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts:

Ani Hoover: Up Down Around February 26 - June 20, 2009
The spring 2009 Lightwell Project will feature the dynamic abstract circle paintings of Buffalo-based artist Ani Hoover. In Hoover's lyrical repetition of a single shape can be spied a surfeit of meaning and fleeting impressions. Pastel washes are absorbed by tightly knit circles of matte black. Lustrous pop colors, which call to mind nail polish, hard candy and automobiles, playfully dance across the surface, bumping against or overlaid by circles that appear time-worn, reminiscent of urban decay or geological processes. Hoover has recently started experimenting with a sturdy, synthetic plastic paper called Yupo, which can withstand her vigorous additive and subtractive process. Working quickly with the long sheets tacked to a wall, she explores the unique properties of ink, watercolor, acrylic, and spray paint such as light absorption and fluidity. The paper comes in thirty foot rolls and for her Lightwell Project she will create a commanding series of vertical paintings based on natural cycles of varying lengths that can be interpreted as a day, a year, perhaps a millennium, unfurling dramatically from the ceiling to the floor.

Originally from Missouri, Hoover went to graduate school in Washington, DC and then lived in Baltimore, MD before making her home in Buffalo, New York in 2002. Since moving to Buffalo, her colorful abstract paintings have been shown at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center, the Castellani Art Museum, Buffalo Arts Studio, The Neighborhood Collective Gallery, and Insite Gallery.

Hoover's paintings are in the collections of M & T Bank, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Burchfield-Penney Art Center, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and in numerous private collections across the country.

Saya Woolfalk: No Place
February 26 - May 9, 2009Public Performance April 15
During the 2009 spring semester, New York-based artist Saya Woolfalk will be in residence at the UB Art Gallery working on an installment of her ongoing investigations into No Place. In this Technicolor society of lush abundance depicted in video, sculptural installations, and performance, the androgynous inhabitants of No Place perform rituals related to life and death. Recycling leftovers of our consumer civilization like egg cartons, Elmer's glue bottles and brightly colored fabrics, Woolfalk fashions jazzy totems and costumes that sprout bulbous forms. Woolfalk's point of view is that of mythmaker and ethnographer. This dual role of participant and outsider reflects her background. Born to a Japanese mother and a father of African-American and Caucasian descent, Woolfalk was exposed to a kaliedoscope of cultural traditions from an early age. This led her to examine the motivations behind various interpretive lenses employed by outsiders to represent other cultures. Recently, she has returned from two years in Brazil studying that country's unique clash and blending of indigenous and émigré influences. Working in collaboration with cultural anthropologist Rachel Lears, Woolfalk has produced a series of videos documenting the activities of No Place, juxtaposing animated stories with those produced through the unflinching lens of a high definition camera. For her residency, she will enact another chapter of No Place, working with students in the Department of Theatre and Dance on the storyline and choreography. During the exhibition run, UB Art Gallery will be transformed into a staging area. At scheduled times the public can watch dress rehearsals and there will be a section of the gallery devoted to the fabrication of props presented on shelves as if they were archeological relics. These objects will ultimately be used in the final performance the evening of April 15.

Woolfalk is a New York based artist whose work spans multiple media from sculpture, installation, and painting to performance and video. She holds an MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA from Brown University, and she recently completed the Whitney Independent Study Program in Studio. She has exhibited at PS1/MoMA Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, NY; the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, IN; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, IL; and Momenta Art in Williamsburg, NY. She received an Art Matters grant to Japan and a NYFA grant (2007), a Fulbright Fellowship to Brazil (2005), and a Joan Mitchell Foundation MFA grant (2004), and was a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Yaddo, and Sculpture Space. In 2008, Woolfalk was a resident artist at the Studio Museum in Harlem. She is currently working on a dance piece commissioned by the UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts. With the support of a Franklin Furnace fellowship, the piece will travel to New York City in the Fall of 2009.

The UB Art Gallery is funded by the UB College of Arts Sciences, the Visual Arts Building Fund, the Seymour H. Knox Foundation Fine Arts Fund, and the Fine Arts Center Endowment.

The UB Art Gallery is located in the Center for the Arts on the North Campus just north of the I290 on Millersport Highway. Traveling east or west on the I-290 take exit 5B to Millersport Highway North. Turn onto the campus at the Coventry entrance. As you enter the campus, the Center for the Arts is a high gabled white building directly ahead of you.

After 3 PM and on weekends, parking is free and a permit is not required. During all other times, guests must park in metered spaces, visitor parking lots, or obtain a parking permit from UB Art Gallery staff. In order to obtain a parking permit, temporarily park in the circle in front of the Center for the Arts and see a gallery attendant inside.

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