On view March 29 – April 12, 2024

Opening Reception: Friday, March 29th, 2024 5-8pm

Skinless Finless Headless Boneless Gutless Spineless is the culmination of Dalton Carlson’s research for his Master of Fine Art degree at the University at Buffalo. The exhibition features paintings, prints, and sculptures that function as a capitalist critique of large corporations and the methods they employ to control workers. Skinless Finless Headless Boneless Gutless Spineless uses Atlantic Salmon as a metaphor for the modern laborer, showing corporations’ strategies to domesticate the human and the non-human.

Salmo Salar 5, Monotype on Paper, 2023


Salmo Domesticus, Oil on Canvas on Panel, 2024


View Press Release here.

This show is made possible by the New York State Council of the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the  New York State Legislature.

Dalton Carlson (b.1998, Aurora, CO) is an interdisciplinary American artist working in Buffalo, NY. He received his BFA from Colorado Mesa University for Studio Art (2020) and his MFA from University at Buffalo for Studio Art (2024). Carlson is known for his painterly self-portraiture that explores his role within the larger systems in his life. His most recent body of work, Salman questions the methods by which corporations control their workers by comparing laborers to domesticated Atlantic Salmon. He will be presenting this body of work at The Western New York Book Arts Center in 2024 for his Master’s thesis.


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Exhibitions supported by:
Book Arts is supported by: National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, Children’s Foundation of Erie County, the County of Erie, M&T Bank Foundation, Western New York Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, the Cameron and Jane Baird Foundation, the Margaret L. Wendt Foundation, Humanities NY