University at Buffalo Art Gallery
JOE ANDOE: WHAT YOU SEE
NOV 10 - DEC 15 2000
In these paintings imagery functions as essence, much as a guitar chord for Hendrix, or the steel and concrete that formed the foundation for the “Primary Structures” of early minimalism. Horses, flowers, and landscapes are well-loved, familiar subjects in art. As such, they are Andoe’s givens, his ready-mades. Andoe presents us with a thoughtful commemoration of things that, quite simply, are.
Andoe was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1955. He received his MFA from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma in 1981. In
WORD AND MEANING: SIX CONTEMPORARY CHINESE ARTISTS
MAR 31 - JUN 30 2000
Chinese art has been intimately tied to the written word. Word and Meaning is comprised of ten artworks in diverse media and presentational forms (painting, calligraphy, sculpture, video, and site-specific installations) by six contemporary Chinese artists who are currently working in the United States, Canada, and Taiwan. The artists share a postmodern and international artistic vocabulary, and exhibit often in European or American museum contexts.
Artists: Xu Bing, Wenda Gu, Zhang Hongtu, Wenyi Hou, Tsong Pu and Shengtian Zheng.
Curated by Kuiyi Shen. Catalog edited by Karen Emenhiser.
JOSEPH NORMAN: BERLIN AUTUMN
AUG 14 - SEP 15 2000
Joseph Norman draws deeply on the reservoir of meaning and imagery. His linear gymnastics and literal ambiguity confirm a narrative as familiar as it is impenetrable. This installation is richly rooted in associations with nature’s sublime, children’s stories of dark forests and overgrown castles, and formal relationships between art and nature. Organized by Karen Emenhiser.
PERSUASION: TALES OF PERSUASION AND THE AVANT-GARDE
SEP 17 - NOV 14 1999
In Persuasion, consumer imagery is appropriated and represented with an oblique view through the eyes of the artist rather than the boardroom. Combined, their works shed an eerie light on what is missing in the contemporary practice of the ancient art of persuasion. Each artists produces relatively traditional work, but still very much within the glow of consumerism.
Artists: Cicada Corps of Artists, General Idea, Vincent Fecteau, Eberhard Havekost, Richard Hawkins, Jonathan Horowitz, Gareth James, Hocus Focus, Daniel Pflumm and Adrian Piper.
Curated by Karen Emenhiser.
MAGDA CORDELL MCHALE
JAN 23 - MAR 8 1998
McHale does not seem interested in following either formalist or stylistic rules of any discernible kind, as if she were developing an encyclopedic grammar of paint’s intrinsic formal capacities rather than its descriptive ones. She wants to show what paint is, rather than what it can be made to do. McHale represents the human form within an infinitely changeable and remarkably permeable membrane. Her icons of paint and color don’t exist apart from the world – they embrace it. Curated by Karen Emenhiser.
DUANE ZALOUDEK: NOMAD SONG
JAN 30 - MAR 16 1997
Nomad Song is part of an ongoing project spanning over thirty years. Initially, the viewer encounters three sets of tables and chairs cast in bronze, each anchoring a sheet of paper filled with almost imperceptible watercolors. The paintings are an invitation into stillness, providing a quiet moment within the din of images; a clearing in which we can either ignore the spectacle of mass media, or learn to perceive it with a greater lucidity.
Zaloudek was born in a boxcar in Texhoma, Texas in 1931 and registered in Enid, Oklahoma six day later. He lives and works in New York City.
Curated by Karen Emenhiser.
OCT 2 - NOV 7 1997
Schnitger uses economical and surprising materials—strips of plastic, muslin, plastic bags, Styrofoam, her own body, clay. These materials are made into extraordinary soaring shapes imbued with the force of the artist’s playful imagination. Curated by Karen Emenhiser.
JAN 30 - MAR 16 1997
The four video works in this show each focus on a simple yet demanding exercise: accomplishing a headstand, climbing, learning to sing, imitating a horse. Here, each activity is presented as existing somewhere between drill and ritual, between repetition and the compression of that repetition into a sort of driving force that, if given into, would veer only too close to oblivion.
Gunning was born in England in 1964. She lives and works in London. Curated by Karen Emenhiser.
JAN 31 - MAR 31 1996
Perfect World is an exhibition of work by artists who address the idea of nature. Decidedly dystopian, the exhibition portrays a wilderness withered and misshapen by the will of man. The work attempts to direct the viewer’s consideration away from questions of preserving a Romantic mythic nature and toward a consideration of the consequences of Modernist cultural concepts and attitudes toward nature.
Artists: Gregory Crewdson, Ronald Jones, David Nyzio, Vincent Shine, and Laura Stein. Curated by Karen Emenhiser.
SURVEY: MATTHEW WEINSTEIN
SEP 21 - NOV 9 1995
This selection of oil and mixed media works on canvas by Matthew Weinstein from 1990 to 1995 are grandiose and abstracted History Paintings. Skulls and crossbones, knights in armor, rivers of blood, are nonspecific illusions to biker imagery that create a testosterone driven narrative tone.
Weinstein was born in 1964 in New York City. He received a BA from Columbia University in 1987 and continues to work and live in New York. He has had solo exhibitions in New York, Italy, and Los Angeles. Curated by Karen Emenhiser.
ADRIAN PIPER: CORNERED/DECIDE WHO YOU ART
Referencing a wealth of historical and popular imagery, Piper explores her own personal experiences through a collection of biographical materials, as well as expressive forays into self-revelation. Organized by Karen Emenhiser.
KRISTIN OPPENHEIM: THE SPIDER AND I
Kristin Oppenheim’s The Spider and I offers audiences a pop-spiritual experience. Curated by Karen Emenhiser.
FAITH IN DOUBT
The artists in Faith in Doubt employ humor in their works as a way of dealing with the incongruities of a culture in which conventions are being reshaped and re-examined in a mass media environment. Co-curated with Al Harris F.