Exhibitions

Mickey Harmon: The Life and Times of Grovey Cleves

March 21st – May 10th, 2014
Opening: March 21st, 6pm-9pm

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On his deathbed, Grover Cleveland reportedly said: “One day, I will be better remembered.” Unfortunately for him, that day has finally arrived. From his lust for life as a bachelor in the burgeoning city of Buffalo, to his reckless climb to the top of the political and social ladder of the 19th century, to his entirely fabricated mental angst and inner turmoil, to his remarkable mustache, The Life and Times of Grovey Cleves remembers our 22nd (and 24th!) President better than he ever could have hoped.

Originally cast as a series of illustrations by artist Mickey Harmon, The Life and Times of Grovey Cleves project has expanded into an artist book that will feature writing by local author Scott Mancuso. Mancuso will give a reading from the book at the Opening Reception on March 21st at 7:30pm.

Mickey Harmon is a graphic designer and illustrator born and raised in Buffalo, New York. His work has been featured in numerous local outfits such as Block Club, City Dining Cards, and Visit Buffalo Niagara. He is an illustrator who prides himself on using our local cityscape as his inspiration. He is 30 years old and resides in the Elmwood Village and has no plans of leaving.

Scott Mancuso is a man. He is also a cuso. Fittingly, he was born in Western New York’s place of birth, Batavia, and now lives in Western New York’s place of living, Buffalo. He currently writes for buffaBLOG, the website, and has had fictional work published in Block Club, the magazine.

Harmon & Mancuso’s show is the second in the 12 x 14 series at WNYBAC, which features 5 artists over the course of 12 months; each artist is charged with conducting a free hands-on workshop that will be open to the general public, as well as producing a print that measures 12″ x 14″ that will be compiled in an end-of-the-year, limited-edition portfolio.

12 x 14 is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo & New York State Legislature.

Max Collins: Deconstructing Main Street

May 23rd – July 5th, 2014
Opening: May 23rd, 6pm-9pm

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“In the context of physical construction, deconstruction is the selective dismantlement of building components, specifically for re-use, recycling, and waste management; also defined as ‘construction in reverse.’”

Come join us for the opening reception of Deconstructing Main Street, a new series by Max Collins. On display will be a collection of mixed media photographs documenting the ongoing projects occurring across several blocks in downtown Buffalo on Main Street, including various historic building restoration jobs as well as the reintroduction of traffic lanes to the longtime-idle pedestrian mall.

Max Collins is a photographer and public artist from East Aurora, NY who received his BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design in 2011. His photography has been published in the New York Times, Michigan Daily, Block Club Magazine, Artvoice and Spark Magazine and solo exhibitions of his work have been presented at Main(St) Studios, 464 Gallery, and Rò in Buffalo.  As an educator, he has spoken about his art at the Burchfield Penney Art Museum, RIT, SUNY Fredonia, and the University of Nebraska. He has executed numerous public murals in WNY as well as Ann Arbor, MI, Lexington, KY, &  Los Angeles, CA. He currently maintains a studio in downtown Buffalo and will be pursuing his MFA in Visual Studies at the University of Buffalo this fall.

Collins’ show is the third in the 12 x 14 series at WNYBAC, which features 5 artists over the course of 12 months; each artist is charged with conducting a free hands-on workshop that will be open to the general public, as well as producing a print that measures 12″ x 14″ that will be compiled in an end-of-the-year, limited-edition portfolio.

12 x 14 is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Cuomo & New York State Legislature.