Buffalo Arts Studio is proud to partner with M&T Bank to open the gallery and gift shop on the fourth Friday of the month from January to October for extended hours (11:00 am to 8:00 pm).
M&T Fourth Fridays @ Tri-Main Center are free and open to the public.
Friday, July 27, 2018, 5:00-8:00 pm
Liz Lessner; common wealth- salves for precarious times, the interstices of labor and care
Muhammad Z. Zaman, Lux
There will be an opening reception for the concurrent exhibits within Connections; Lux and Interstitial Castings on Fourth Friday presented by M&T Bank July 27th, 2018 from 5-8pm, with each artist speaking about their work promptly at 6pm. High-resolution images are available upon request.
Lux will showcase the work of Muhammad Z. Zaman, a Buffalo-based, urban artist, specializing in calligraphy. Using language and text as cultural signifier, Zaman layers English, Bengali, and Arabic into richly textured canvases. As a young Muslim man, Zaman uses the languages that make up his identity: English for his current home, Bengali as the language of his fatherland, and Arabic as the language of his religion. His canvas paintings and wall murals layer powerful messages onto seemingly borderless fields in order to inspire people to learn from each other in harmony and mutual understanding.
Zaman was selected as the annual Open Buffalo Emerging Artist for 2018; an initiative designed to promote social and economic justice by providing meaningful financial, curatorial, and marketing support to underrepresented artists and audiences.
During the exhibition, Zaman will work with People’s Park Summer Art Camp participants and park visitors to design and create a mural series that illustrates what the park site means to the community. The park is outside of Tri-Main Center and within walking distance of Buffalo Arts Studio. Inspired by visitor responses, Zaman will create a mural on three 48 x 90 panels that will be unveiled at the park later that month.
common wealth- salves for precarious times, the interstices of labor and care by D.C.-based artist Liz Lessner will document the social, physical, and emotional support provided by health and human service organizations in Tri-Main Center. Prior to her exhibition, Lessner was an Artist-In-Residence at Buffalo Arts Studio and worked with health and human service providers including Cantalician/Diversified Labor Solutions and Aspire of WNY, Inc. iXpress to create a series of sculptures through a process of conversation, community building, and collaboration. Her exhibition will raise awareness about the populations these generous individuals and organizations serve and the work being done by those individuals and organizations in order to serve them. The castings capture the negative space between two people engaged in the intimate actions of teaching, caring, and sharing. Each object is a record of three interconnections: client, service provider, and artist.
Lessner is a sculptor and installation artist whose work has been featured in solo shows at Big Orbit Gallery, the University at Buffalo Visual Studies Gallery, and the University of Oregon’s Eric Washburne Gallery. She has exhibited her sculptures and installations nationally and internationally including the Guapamacátaro Center for Art and Ecology in Michoacán, Mexico; A.I.R. gallery in Brooklyn, NY; Hallwalls in Buffalo, NY; and an upcoming exhibition at Everard Read’s Circa Gallery in Cape Town, South Africa. She holds an MFA in Media Study: Emerging Practices from the University at Buffalo and is currently working on an upcoming solo show for the project space at Rhizome in D.C.
Refreshments will include donation based wine and beer as well as delicious offerings provided by the Lunch Box and Ashker’s. This event is free and open to the public.