by Intern Blogger Richard Norman Wade
Being a prominent artist is certainly open to interpretation. Art is in the eye of the beholder, and the audience will always see something different. There are museums all over the world, each containing various works of art.
As part of the ongoing exhibition series at the Western New York Book Arts Center, located at 468 Washington Street in downtown Buffalo, the opening reception for Translation: The work of Jozef Bajus and Olga Bajusova took place on Friday November 13, 2015 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
The exhibition showcases Bajus’ intriguing sculptural works alongside his late wife’s whimsical story and magazine illustrations, creating a cohesive installation of the book in many forms. While Bajus’ work searches for textures and shapes outside relation to the written text, Bajusova’s work directly relates to the written word it accompanies.
However different, at the heart of each artist’s work is the shared ability to act as translator-to transform what is given, finding new meaning and poetic clarity in raw material.
Bajus currently serves as an Associate Professor of Design and he is the Coordinator of the Fibers program at Buffalo State College. His work has been showcased at various museums in Europe, Canada, and The United States.
Olga Bujasova began her career as an illustrator of children’s books, eventually publishing over 30 books, exhibiting her work in various countries, including Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary, and Slovenia. She earned many awards, including the Most Beautiful Book of the Year Award in Czechoslovakia in 1987. She married Jozef Bajus after she graduated in the mid-1980s. Her collaboration on an animated children’s film named Strigonove Vianoce, or The Chrismas Wizard was published in 1991, and is still shown to this day every year in Slovakia and the Czech Republic as a Christmas favorite. Olga passed away on November 18, 2012.
If you have questions regarding the exhibition please visit wnybookarts.org for more information. The arts community is vibrant and alive in Buffalo. Come and enjoy the work of a renowned, local artist.