bobCollignon:Dance With The Devil

A Visual Conversation Concerning A Genie and His Bottle…

bobCollignon postcardThe Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC) presents Dance With The Devil, an exhibition by bobCollignon, on view from May 20th through June 24th, 2016. An opening reception to celebrate the exhibition will be held on Friday, May 20th from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at 468 Washington St. in Buffalo. This event is free and open to the public. Special solo electronica performance of “Apocolypso Now” by David Kane during reception.

The exhibition features images shot digitally from a monitor of video and film from the Trinity and Bikini Atoll nuclear tests, then heavily processed to make beautiful images of what the apocalypse might look like at the beginning. Collignon processed the photographs, keeping in mind color detail and color process, bringing the pieces to be reminiscent of paintings sans paint. Dance With The Devil grows out of his fascination with the beauty of destruction coupled with his upbringing during the “duck and cover” era, which even as a child he considered to be “a dumb feel good approach to being incinerated”. Most of his work grows out of vivid memories of his childhood through a sense of shared autobiography in the work, thus the actual mid-century toys either photographed or used as part of a heliorama, which he had as a child.

Join us for a free workshop in conjunction with the exhibition:
T-Shirt for the Apocalypse Workshop with bobCollignon

Collignon is an AMPS Master Modeler and has been a serious model builder for nearly 4 decades. He has worked professionally with General Motors, Old Fort Niagara, Hirsch Projects, and Fine Scale Modeling Magazine. Select portfolios of Collignons’ are part of the permanent collections of the Albright Knox Art Gallery and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. Collignon’s show is the third in the 5 x 12 series at WNYBAC, a NYSCA-funded year-long residency program which features five artists over the course of twelve months. Gallery hours are 12-6pm, Wednesday-Saturday. Admission to the gallery is always free.

The Western New York Book Arts Center is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a greater understanding of printing and book-related arts through education, creation, and exhibition for a broad and diverse community. WNYBAC is located at 468 Washington Street, Buffalo, NY 14203. For more information, email info@wnybookarts.org, or call 716-348-1430.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our funders listed below, for providing support to WNYBAC's ongoing programs taking place throughout Western New York:

NYSCA Erie County M & T Art 4 Moore Zenger Group Evans Bank Evans Bank