STITCH is an exhibition focusing on Jack Drummer’s mammoth black rubber canvases. This body of work represents the very last created by the artist before his death in 2013. Comprised of slick black rubber stretched across a frame, these pieces are characterized by stitched elements puncturing the surface and applied elements such as gravel and wax, which interrupt the expanse of matte darkness with a complex texture. The scale of these works envelops the viewer who is dwarfed by these stunning abstractions that take on the appearance of beautifully foreign landscapes. The works included in STITCH have never before been exhibited.
Brave New Points and Planes is a meant to be a compliment to an exhibition recently on view at the University at Buffalo’s Anderson Gallery titled Claire Ashley: Loathsome Beauty Loaded Body. That exhibition focused on Ashley’s large-scale inflatable sculpture. Brave New Points and Planes turns the focus onto Ashley’s more intimate work— mainly small cast plaster sculpture and works on paper. These sculptural explorations of color and form share aesthetic and conceptual concerns with Ashley’s more monumental inflatables, which the artist considers as a largely feminist critique of the contemporary art world. She explains, “I use humor, acidic color, obnoxious scale, and absurd pop-culture references to challenge art historical precedence and current art world power dynamics.”
Artists Alexandra P. Spaulding and Amanda Wachob both create conceptual work using non-traditional media. Presented in The Myth of Perfection are extremely personal work by both artists— work which is not immediately perceived as autobiographical. Included are wall-hung sculpture constructed with neon and mirrors by Spaulding paired with a video piece and two-dimensional work (prints on fabric and paper) by Wachob.