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In partnership with M&T Bank, the WNY Book Arts Center is pleased to offer two limited edition prints available for sale in conjunction with local artist Matthew Peter Nagowski’s generative installation at M&T’s corporate headquarters within the M&T Plaza building in Buffalo, New York.

Each print represents a unique still image from one of two generative artworks installed within M&T’s 19th Floor Decision Room. Using the Processing computer language, the installations never repeat themselves, and represent abstracted data visualizations. These prints are stills from the installation.

Black and White, Blue and Brown
Black and White, Blue and Brown
The Long View

In Black and White, Blue and Brown (2020), textual analysis of Toni Morrison’s seminal work, 1970’s The Bluest Eye, is analyzed and represented as a frequency graph, reflecting the frequency with which different colors are reflected in Morrison’s novel exploring the lived Black experience of race and racism in the United States. The graph, presented as a questioning eye peering out towards the viewer, is always shifting, questioning the evolving relationship of individuality with race, and the viewer’s own role in America’s legacy of race craft and systemic racism.

Black and White, Blue and Brown was first presented as part of Nagowski’s 2019 exhibition, Banning Books: Understanding Without Reading, held at the Western New York Book Arts Center. 

In The Long View (2020), the population of the City of Buffalo and County of Erie are graphed from 1810 – 2020, reflecting the growth of the Niagara Frontier since its settlement by White Europeans following the Treaty of Big Tree with the Seneca Nation, its expansion from an exterior outpost to a trading hub on the western terminus of the Erie Canal, and its subsequent growth and decline as a North American industrial center, with associated suburbanization and racial segregation. The forward movement in the piece posits the question, “Where are we headed next as a region?”

The Long View was first presented as part of Nagowski’s 2016 exhibition, Nobody Circles the Wagons, presented by Eleven Twenty Projects.

For more information about the works, including an interview with the artist, please follow the link here.

The Long View is available in a limited edition of 50 unique fine art giclee prints, each signed and numbered, size 5”x15”.  Black and White, Blue and Brown is available in a limited edition of 50 unique fine art giclee prints, each signed and numbered, size 10”x10. Each individual print will be unique – a still image from the generative installation. 

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Each piece is priced at $30, shipping included. Prints are targeted to be distributed to purchasers in February 2024.

All proceeds from the sale will go to support The Western New York Book Arts Center. Nagowski has been a member of the Book Arts Center since 2013 and has served on its board since 2017.