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.



8th Annual Members’ Show

On View July 15th-August 19th, 2016

Opening Reception Friday, July 15th, 2015 / 6-9pm

Please join us for the opening reception of the 8th Annual Western New York Book Arts Center’s Members’ Exhibition on July 15th from 6-9pm at the WNY Book Arts Center, 468 Washington Street in downtown Buffalo. This event is free & open to the public.

The Annual Members’ Exhibition is open to all current, new & renewing members of WNYBAC and will feature a wide range of book-related work: prints, paintings, text, collage, traditional bookbinding, and sculptural books. The definition of “book” is left to the widest possible interpretation to allow for a diverse exhibition.

Each year, we look forward to display artworks by our members who make the Book Arts Center possible! We love to see what our members create, and encourage all to submit (we are especially proud of the work that comes out of our many workshops!).

Not a Member? Become one today to submit your artwork into our 7th Annual Members’ Exhibition! Artist must be a member at time of artwork submission. To check the status of your membership, email rosemary@wnybookarts.org or call WNYBAC at 348-1430 during store hours, Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6pm.

Exhibition Rules & Deadlines:

Artwork drop-off: Tuesday, June 28th – Friday, July 8th from 12 – 6pm at WNYBAC
Tuesday-Saturday only-we are not open Sunday or Monday
(Please contact WNYBAC to arrange for alternate drop-off times)

Work may have been created at any time, but recent work is encouraged. Work can be for sale or listed as not for sale (NFS). WNYBAC will retain 30% commission on work for sale. Two-dimensional submissions must be ready for hanging (framed) and all work must be labeled with the artist’s name, title, process / media, date and sale price (or NFS). If your piece is larger that four feet in any direction, please contact WNYBAC prior to submitting to make arrangements for installation. Work will be displayed in the best possible manner as space allows. If the work is intended to be picked up and read, white cotton gloves will be placed near the work, but any handling will present the risk of wear. If the work is not intended to be handled, we will display in a case or hang on a wall. If your work involves video / a digital component, please contact WNYBAC to make arrangements. And please – join us for the reception to celebrate your work!

Artworks submitted will be handled with care; however, WNYBAC assumes no liability for theft or damage of works. All works must be picked up after the show has closed, Saturday, August 20th or Tuesday, August 23rd through Friday, August 26th between the hours of 12pm and 6pm.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call WNYBAC during store hours at 348-1430, Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6pm or email rosemary@wnybookarts.org. We hope to see you at the show!

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