17 November - 31 December 2017 (EXTENDED)
Anna Kaplan Contemporary (formerly BT&C Gallery) announces Fictions, a solo exhibition of new work by Julian Montague with a collaborative sound component by Ulysses Atwhen (aka D.Olivier Delrieu-Schulze). The exhibition has now been EXTENDED and will run through December 31th with gallery hours are Saturdays 12 – 4pm, or by appointment (716-604-6183).
Fictions is an exhibition that centers on Montague’s conceptual faux books, posters and other ephemera, which have been a large part of his art practice for the last several years. In previous projects these fictional pieces functioned as a way to lead the viewer to ideas connected to the larger themes of the work— they were tangential to the main project. In Fictions Montague’s invented ephemera are the focus of the installation. The show consists of over 100 posters and other printed materials related to a fictional 1970s art institution called “The Thorold Gallery.” The posters depict a wide range of artists, artwork, exhibitions, and performances. The content is mainly pure invention by Montague sprinkled with thoughtful appropriations from the real world. Aesthetically, this body of work draws on the visual conventions of mid-century European graphic design. The pieces invite the viewer to imagine exhibitions, happenings, and entire bodies of work into being. The conceptual frame of the fictional gallery creates a space in which Montague can experiment with ideas, modes of art making and obscure inclinations that would normally be difficult to fit into one body of work.
This many layered installation will also include a sound component created by Ulysses Atwhen (aka D.Olivier Delrieu-Schulze). Atwhen’s original music, mixed in quad (4-Channel) to a 4-track reel-to-reel tape format, will be reproduced in an audio installation within the gallery. A fictionalized version of Atwhen appears in several of the exhibited pieces (mainly a series of faux record covers that feature his name), contextualizing the music within the fictional space of The Thorold Gallery.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Julian Montague is known for his photography, design and installation work. This is the third solo show of Montague’s at Anna Kaplan Contemporary (formerly BT&C Gallery). The first, In Ruins, opened in June 2014 and presented work that is an extension of Montague’s vast ongoing project entitled Secondary Occupants, which explores the relationship of insects and animals with architecture and, ultimately, how their observed behaviors conceptually relate to psychological, human models. In Ruins included a small installation of Montague’s faux books that directly relate to the Secondary Occupants project. Montague has exhibited throughout the Unites States, Canada, and Europe. His work is in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penney Arts Center, The Margulies Collection at the Warehouse, and The Norton Museum of Art as well as numerous private collections.
Ulysses Atwhen (aka D.Olivier Delrieu-Schulze) is a trans-disciplinary artist. As the founding member of Trans Empire Canal Corporation (TECCORP) he brought together a collective of artists that produced Displacement: Barge Prototype at the BPAC in 2014. His artworks have been shown at Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, Germany; MAP Baltimore, Maryland; Herdon Gallery, Ohio; and the Burchfield Penney Art Center, UB Art Gallery, Big Orbit Gallery and Squeaky Wheel in Buffalo, NY. He has performed with Steina (Vasulka), Tony Conrad, Genesis P-Orridge, Reactionary Ensemble, and 404 Error, among others. As an Erie Niagara Records (ENR) recording artist he has released an album and several singles. He is a BPAC Living Legacy Artist.