As part of Allentown’s growing First Fridays event, which features at least eight new exhibitions opening tonight (March 2) in and around Buffalo’s artiest neighborhood, Studio Hart (65 Allen St.) will mount a solo exhibition of work by Fotini Galanes.
In recent years, Galanes has emerged as one of the more fascinating local artists working in the medium of drawing. Her painstakingly rendered graphite drawings of strange, biomorphic forms on paper have appeared in the Kenan Center, Big Orbit Gallery, on the walls of the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Useum and,and perhaps most notably, in a brilliant exhibition in the Burchfield Penney Art Center’s Useum space last fall.
Galanes’ intricate abstractions, which she produces at a rate of two hours per square inch, invite the viewer into the paper to explore the intricacies of her flowing figures, which sometimes evoke human hair, sometimes strange flowers. "Working directly onto a special ground porcelain board, she utilizes a mechanical pencil to devour the space and create images motivated by her fascination with textures, surfaces and human interaction," according to a release about the show.
The exhibition runs through April 4. For more information, call 536-8337 or visit www.studiohart.com.
-- Colin Dabkowski