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Tonight at Hallwalls: 'Tropical Seasonings' explores Southeast Asia

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A still from Thais artist Taiki Sakpisit's video "A Ripe Volcano."

Tonight at 7, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center will present a screening of 12 short films from or about Southeast Asia. The screening, an outgrowth of the KLEX Experimental Film and Video Festival, will feature films by Western New York artists as well as natives of the region.

The films range from Thai artist Taiki Sakpisit's "A Ripe Volcano," a sweeping look at the state of contemporary Thailand to Western New York artist Debora Bernagozzi's "Green Cloud Temple," based on a visit to Malaysia's Cheng Hoon Teng Temple. Here is the full list of films in the mini-festival, curated by Malaysia-based video artist Siew-Wai Kok, a graduate of the University at Buffalo's media study M.F.A. program:

Andrew Stiff (UK/Malaysia), “Gong Xi Fa Cai Part 2” // AU Sow-Yee (Malaysia), “Ruins I” // Azharr Rudin (Malaysia), “Colorfool” // Debora Bernagozzi (USA), “Green Cloud Temple” // Jason Bernagozzi (USA), “Memory and Ritual in Frame Difference” // Koji Tambata (Japan/Thailand), “The First Rain” // KOK Siew-Wai (Malaysia), “Mud Game” // LIM Chee-Yong (Malaysia), “Lulai” // Maulana M Pasha (Indonesia), “The Endless Steps” // Taiki Sakpisit (Thailand), “A Ripe Volcano” // WONG Eng-Leong (Malaysia), “Mist” // Wuttin Chansataboot (Thailand), “16x9 Capsule”

More info on the screening is here.

--Colin Dabkowski

Opening Tuesday: TGW@497 Gallery in Allentown


TGW@497, new art gallery owned and operated by Buffalo artist and galleriest David Vitrano, will open its doors on Tuesday. The first show, a collection of Vitrano's own sculptures and other work, will remain on view through March 29. An opening reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday.

Vitrano has owned or operated several other Allentown art spaces over the years, including the now-defunct Great Wave Antiques and Tiger Lily & Wing Asian Bakery and Café. The new gallery space is at 497 Franklin St.

--Colin Dabkowski

Daemen to host forum on culture in WNY


"Patricia," an oil painting by Gary Wolfe, will be on view during Daemen College's "Culture Now" event.

On Wednesday, Daemen College will host a day dedicated to exploring the role of art and culture in the region's civic life. The event, called "Culture Now," gets started at 3 p.m. with a staged reading of the play "Who Returned My Soul" by Kelly Brock, based on a Holocaust survivor's testimonies.

At 6 p.m., the college will host "Art, Wellness, Community," a community forum featuring Jackie Albarella, Dana Jenkins, Mary Kozub, Gary Wolfe and Ted Pietrzak. Topics will include the involvement of arts and culture in veterans' affairs, cancer treatment, Alzheimer's patients and the homeless population.

The event is free and open to the public.

--Colin Dabkowski

Echo Art Fair opens submission period

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A performance/installation by artist Liz Rywelski was part of the 2013 Echo Art Fair in the Central Library. Photo by Sharon Cantillon / The Buffalo News.

Echo Art Fair, which is gearing up for its fourth annual event in September, is now accepting submissions from artists and galleries through May 23. Check out all the suibmission info here. The jury for this year's fair, slated for Sept. 6 and 7 in the Central Library, includes:

  • Cathleen Chafee, Albright-Knox Art Gallery curator
  • Colina Maxwell, director of Centre3 in Hamilton, Ont.
  • Robert Scalise of the University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery
  • Catherine Foley, Western New York arts patron
  • Roslyn Goldman, Rochester-based art collector

--Colin Dabkowski

'Yoko Ono Fan Club' opens tonight at UB

"Yoko Ono Fan Club," an exhibition "conceived in the spirit of Fluxus" and titled after the prominent practitioner of that chance-based artform, opens at 5 p.m. tonight in the University at Buffalo Art Gallery. According to a release, the material included in the show includes, but is not limited to, "objects, manifestos, wordplay, installations, interventions, disruptions, scores, documentation, inscrutctions, happenings, performances and invitations for participation." More info is here and here.

--Colin Dabkowski

A closer look: Christopher Fritton's setting of Dickens' 'The Printer'

Artist: Christopher Fritton // Title: "The Printer" // Western New York Book Arts Center

Christopher Fritton, longtime print shop manager at the Western New York Book Arts Center, has been toiling for years in the center's basement over its various antique presses and boxes brimming with blocks of wood and metal type. He's produced countless gig posters, led innumerable workshops and explained the basics of typesetting and letter-press printing to formerly clueless arts journalists. To say Fritton has a single-minded intensity when it comes to the craft of pringing would be a vast understandment. So it's good to see his latest print, a paper paean to the hardworking printers and pressmen of the world via Charles Dickens.

--Colin Dabkowski

Micah Nathan brings his 'backwards' book tour to Larkin Square


Author Micah Nathan

Micah Nathan, the bestselling author of "Gods of Aberdeen" and a University at Buffalo graduate, will visit Larkin Square on Wednesday to hold an unorthodox book reading. According to a release from the organizers of the Larkin Square Author Series, Nathan is "crowd-sourcing" his latest book-in-progress, "In Search of Absolutely Nothing," by inviting feedback from those who attend his readings as "an excuse to connect with readers, to see how they respond."

The book is based in part on the influence of Andy Warhol and other famous modern artists.

“I've always loved Warhol's art but found Warhol himself unknowable, so when I started writing the book, I found an excuse to dig deeper,” Nathan said in the release.

The reading begins at 5 p.m. Wednesday in The Filling Station in Larkin Square, 745 Seneca St.

--Colin Dabkowski



Felice Koenig in Guelph

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A detail of "Even Fierce," a new sculptural work by Felice Koenig.

New work by Western New York Artist Felice Koenig work will be featured in an exhibition opening Saturday in Guelph's Renann Isaacs Contemporary Art Gallery at 31 Quebec St. The four-person show, "Systematics," opens with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday and runs through April 5. Above is a detail of one of Koenig's sculpted pieces. Learn more about her work and process here.

--Colin Dabkowski

Clyfford Still and the Albright-Knox

To help promote its exhibition "1959: The Albright-Knox Art Gallery Exhibition Recreated," Denver's Clyfford Still museum made a video exploring the painter's historic relationship with the Buffalo gallery. That show, which I wrote about in my column last week, will run in tandem with the Denver Art Museum's "Modern Masters: 20th Century Icons from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery."

Here's a look at the Still Museum's video, featuring interviews with former Albright-Knox Director Louis Grachos, Chief Curator Douglas Dreishpoon and Still Museum Director Dean Sobel:

--Colin Dabkowski

A closer look: 'Stroll' by Jesse Walp

Artist: Jesse Walp // // Title: "Stroll" // Exhibition: "Life Forms" // Through March 22 // Buffalo Arts Studio

In the video above, Western New York sculptor Jesse Walp walks about the inspiration behind "Stroll," the largest sculpture in his must-see Buffalo Arts Studio exhibition, and the complex process of creating it.

--Colin Dabkowski

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