An Exhibition by Leanne Goldblatt
on view January 21 – February 26, 2022
Closing reception February 26, 2022 from 10a.m. -2 p.m.
Garbblatt is a collection of handmade clothes embellished with both stitched and screen printed designs. This work was influenced by self-reflective research regarding trauma’s effect on the development of episodic memories. Trauma is capable of fragmenting memories, and in doing so, confusing our perception and understanding in real time. Clarity, meaning, and significance develop in the wake of a moment, if ever.
Garbblatt was developed through a process that metaphorically mirrored trauma’s ability to splinter memory. The first several weeks were dedicated to stitching or screening snapshot drawings onto each individual scrap of fabric. In the final weeks of production I spent time fashioning these scraps into garments I felt comfortable wearing. Riddled with semiotic imagery portraying the intersection of white trash and significant privilege, Garbblatt is a playful attempt to reconstruct some of the more formidable ideologies that structured my upbringing.
Leanne is a New York born and based practitioner, mother, and teacher currently living in Buffalo, NY. She received a Masters of Fine Arts from her alma mater, the University at Buffalo. She is an interdisciplinary maker currently working across mediums of print, sculpture, fiber, and digital media. Leanne’s practice is a skill-based, hand-made aesthetic with an obsessive tendency towards streamlining repetitive, production-style processes.
Through crude depictions of unusual autobiographical memories, Goldblatt’s stories are a sarcastic, sometimes deadpan, treatment of family trauma in which the construction of truth acts as a divisive mechanism for control and abuse. Her interests rest on how sexuality, identity, gender and ethics developed in a totalitarian system.
Artist Talk Jan. 29, 2022
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Join us for the opening reception of "Illegible," by artist Muhammad Zaman! The "Illegible" series is composed of acrylic and mixed media on canvas and paper. The mix of languages that the artist uses, and the further artistic elaboration of the composition involves the juxtaposition of different layers of color and words, that will make the work illegible. Concurrent with this exhibition, our studio resident Julia Dzwonkoski will be debuting her exhibition, "BABY BUNNY MIGHT LIVE" in our Studio Gallery!…
FREE/Donation based Book Arts’ Gallery Meditations immerse participants in a deep exploration of the artwork on view in our Gallery through meditation and discussion of the artwork. Each meditation invites us to use our senses whether it be listening, looking, movement, or stillness. Led by Book Arts member, Artist and meditation guide Kate Stapleton Parzych. No previous experience with meditation is necessary for this unique and contemplative gathering. FREE/Donation-based. Please note: This class welcomes anyone 14 years and above. Dress comfortably, and bring a shawl…
Join us for a conversation with artist, Muhammad Zaman, to discuss his exhibition, "Illegible." This artist talk will be held in our Main Gallery on Saturday, October 15th from 11:30am-12:30pm. Artist Talk Registration Form
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