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Open Studio & Performance Guide | Architecture, Media Study, Music, & Visual Studies | October 26, 2012

October 18, 2012  by: Dom


Open Studios

UB Art Gallery and Department of Art present The Big Draw and Open Studios, a family-friendly extravaganza of Halloween-themed drawing activities taking place throughout the Center for the Arts on UB’s North Campus. UB Art Gallery will also host a showcase of performances, installations, sculpture by students in the Departments of Architecture, Media Study, Music, Theater and Dance and Visual Studies. Master candidates in the Department of Art will open their studio doors and engage in conversation with the public while film screenings, performance, sculpture, and installations overtake the Center for the Arts atrium in a lively celebration of the arts.

Below is a program guide of participating graduate student events.

Department of Architecture

Kimberley A. Sass
Masters in Architecture candidate in the Department of Architecture
Installation of paintings in the Atrium

Much of Sass’ work is concerned with the relationship between the part and the whole, calling attention to the minute details of one’s life and surroundings, especially those of the built environment. Complex compositions are achieved by creating medleys of color, line and form. From their intriguing interaction comes an investigation of space. The use of a variety of media in this investigation adds breadth to the study of space, and exemplifies her interest in the exploration of materiality.

Sass attended Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, graduating in 2012 with a B.A. in Studio Art and Geography.

Department of Media Study

Installations will be presented in the CFA atrium unless otherwise noted

Derek Curry
PhD candidate Department of Media Study

Jennifer Gradecki
PhD candidate Department of Art

Bankster Games is a series of online video games and interactive web projects designed to inform and edify the players on aspects of the economy and the effects of Global Capitalism.  Video games in this series, such as “Bubble” and “CDO Fools,” have dealt with the subprime housing bubble and the construction of collateralized debt obligations. Interactive web projects in this series have dealt with debt slavery and the creation of “artificial persons” (the technical term for corporations).

Derek Curry earned a BFA in photography from USF in 2007. Jennifer Gradecki earned a BFA in sculpture and experimental psychology from UWM in 2007. Curry and Gradecki received their MFAs from UCLA in 2010, and are currently PhD candidates at SUNY Buffalo in the Departments of Media Study and Visual Studies respectively. Curry’s work uses various materials, from copyright law to bacteria, frequently involves viewer participation, and intends to show people’s actions as a performance that can be read as a statement. Gradecki utilizes techniques employed by social scientists to investigate and display participant behaviors, systems of power relations and perceptions constructed through social, political and economic interests.

Laura Curry
MFA candidate in Emerging Practices in the Department of Media Study

Survivalist Bike Shop Rest Stop, 2012
Installation and Interview, 5 to 8pm

Seated next to her bike, Laura will engage the audience in interviews about their personal bicycling experiences, and offer minor bike maintenance. Interested in the body as a self-powered mode of transportation, Laura is investigating the boundaries of the bicyclist on the roadway.

Laura Curry is an artist whose work is grounded in the investigations of the body within social, cultural and environmental realms. Laura recently performed The Agreement at Document 13, and ISEA Albuquerque NM.  The Agreement is a performance focused on developing mutually agreeable transactions, which may extend up to 365 days.  Originally trained as a dancer and choreographer, Laura has created work for On the Boards, Seattle WA; Time Based Art, Portland OR; The Southern Theatre MN; ODC SF, Northwest Film Forum Seattle, WA; and Bumbershoot Seattle, WA.  Laura has received support from The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Artist Trust, Mayors Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, 4 Culture, Art Patch, Meet the Composer, and individual support.  Laura’s work intersects with architecture and planning, involving her with projects in Watts, Los Angeles; Bayou Bienvenue, New Orleans; Jackson, Mississippi; Austin, TX; locations in Minneapolis, Washington State and Oregon.

Cathleen Grado
MFA candidate in the Department of Media Study
Studio: 258B

Diorama #1 is an immersive installation of spatialized sound and projected images that deal with orientation and the fallibility of member over time. The piece simulates the corruption of transmitted data through repetition and/or replication.

Cathleen Grado is a multidisciplinary artist born in NYC. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Painting and has exhibited in NYC, Brazil, Sweden, and New England. Working in two-dimensional media and experimental non-narrative film, she both curates and collaborates in live performances with composers, dj’s, actors, dancers, and musicians. These works involve multiple projections of film footage and slide projections, as well as experiments in video feedback. In addition to visual work, Cathleen creates sound collages created with compositions that begin with field recordings, records for sampling and manipulation, and original sound pieces.  Works are executed in either an installation / performative setting or integrated to be participatory through podcasts and other forms of downloadable/streaming media.  The inspiration for collecting sounds comes from research and observations based on the sound-scape of specific places and their history, drawing on theories of perception, space and architecture.

Jordan Dalton
MFA candidate in the Department of Media Study
Worm (Boom) Box, 2011

Inside the wooden box is a vermiculture system called a “worm condo.” The condo is constructed from a series of nested plastic bins – the worms are encouraged to move from bottom to top, converting the food waste stored in each bin into valuable worm compost (castings) as they go. This worm box also functions as a “boom box” – the condo is nested in a soundproofed wooden box, and contains a pair of microphones that amplify the sounds of the worms within.

Jordan Dalton is a media practitioner, freelance web/software developer and digital/locative media consultant, experimental geographer, fish listener, urban gardener, and environmental and food justice activist. His work explores sound as a tool for scientific and community participatory research, ecologies (built, hidden, and otherwise), and the situated use of media to educate and activate.

Liz Lessner
MFA candidate in the Department of Media Study

My sculptures are concerned with representations of desire and the rituals and fetishes that we use to mitigate those desires. They describe the places where vulnerability, power, generosity, and selfishness bring us closer together and drive us farther apart. The sculptures take the form of figurative sculptures and installation/ performative objects. The performative objects imply the body or its placement and often ask the viewer to physically interact with them in order to be seen. They form a setting that allows gestures of the participating audience member to complete the narrative.

Paul Sargent
PhD candidate in the Department of Media Study
Artist talk: “A Study of the Landscape of Landscape Studies, Version0.1”
Studio: B13
6:30 to 7:00pm

Sargent will present of a triptych of works in progress that investigate, document, and respond to three distinct but related landscapes. The first, a photo series and essay entitled “Landscapes of Erasure,” focuses on sites of socio-cultural space intentionally removed from the landscape by large-scale engineering operations, such as river damming and “mountaintop removal” (MTR) coal mining.  The second work, a paper entitled “The Influence of Effluent,” presents a survey of artistic responses to issues associated with combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and wastewater management systems in the service of addressing the question: what role does the contemporary artist play in resolving large-scale, structural shortcomings, externalities, and inequities?  The third series, an on-going set of locative media projects entitled “Erie Basin Meets Erie Basin,” traces historic, economic, and sonic relationships between the Erie Basin of the Great Lakes region and the Erie Basin of Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY, by interweaving expository narration with ambient audio captured along the remnants of the Erie Canal that once linked these two sites of production, commerce, and culture.

Paul Lloyd Sargent’s research documents spatial relationships in the ecological, economic, and cultural landscapes of supply and disposal chains associated with historic and contemporary routes of global trade.  Sargent received his MFA in video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000.  His writing and aesthetic works have been presented through such venues as ISEA, 4S/EASST, AREA|Chicago, Proximity Magazine, Exit Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Smack Mellon, Conflux, and Devotion Gallery in New York; Para/Site Art Space and the Microwave Media Festival in Hong Kong; Gallery M in Berlin; Big Orbit and the University at Buffalo Art Gallery in Buffalo; the Impakt Festival in Utrecht; Invideo in Milan; FLEXFest in Gainsville; the OneTakeFilmFestival in Zagreb; and Mess Hall, Onion City, CUFF, the Hyde Park Art Center, and Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He also enjoys cake, swimming, and place-based t-shirts.

Corrina Waxman
MFA candidate in Media Study with a concentration in film and video
Desolate Signage will be screened in DMS 258F

Desolate Signage is a 4 minute looped film that is a study of place and the idea of erasure and solitude that is created by the dilapidated buildings and signs in the city of Buffalo as well as the surrounding areas.

Waxman has worked as a production coordinator, transcriber, assistant editor, and production intern for various Manhattan film companies. She has taught and mentored video to high school students. She has had the fortune of being able to travel to Germany, Costa Rica, Peru, the American Southwest and New England, in order to make documentary films.

Devin Wilson
MFA candidate in the Department of Media Study

WChess 2000: Online is a spiritual successor to Yoko Ono’s White Chess, one of many Fluxus chess modifications. White Chess made the board and all of the game pieces white, making gameplay disorienting after only a few turns. Adapting the key concepts of her piece for the 21st Century, WChess 2000: Online similarly challenges the player ego by disrupting the traditional investments one would have in a networked game of chess.

Devin Wilson is a musician and experimental game designer. He explores the rhetorical and expressive potential of games and other interactive media.

Department of Music

Christopher M. Culp
Location: UB Art Gallery
4:30pm and 5:30pm

John Cage’s Music For (1984–87) is a 30-minute composition for any combination of 12 instruments in which the musicians are variously dispersed across the space. Each part is essentially a solo, but can be combined with the other parts to create duets, trios, etc.  Proximity to players influences the ways in which the audience listens to the piece. In addition to sound, the isolation of the performers creates a street music-type visual experience, like living statues.  The performers will dress stylized in a way to indicate their specific alienation from the rest of the work as well to reflect their musical material. The composition of the piece exaggerates this quality of cubist perspective of sound, instructing the musicians to ignore all other performers to maintain a solitary musical idea.

The performance will feature:

  • Megan Beugger, French Horn, PhD in Composition
  • TJ Borden, cello, Masters in Music in Cello Performance
  • Christopher Culp, Clarinet, PhD in Historical Musicology and Music Theory, Masters in Music in Clarinet Performance
  • Esin Gunduz, voice, PhD in Composition
  • Molly Shambo, flute, Artist’s Diploma in Flute Performance
  • Matthew Stewart, trombone, Bachelors in Music in Trombone Performance

Christopher M Culp is a multifaceted collection of subjectivities.  Currently, he is a PhD student in Historical Musicology and Music Theory working on his dissertation concerning Serial Television Musical Episodes and the meaning of music and expression in times of crisis.  He holds a MM in Clarinet Performance studying with Jean Kopperud (University at Buffalo), MA in Philosophy of Art (University at Buffalo), and a BA in Philosophy minoring in Women’s Studies, English, Music, and Psychology (Robert E. Cook Honors College at Indiana University of Pennsylvania).

Liz Holland
CFA Atrium: 6pm
Performance of solo percussion and percussion and cello pieces.

The performance will feature:

  • Liz Holland, percussion
  • Katie Weissman, cellist

Liz Holland is a multi-instrumentalist and composer, currently pursuing a Masters in Music – Percussion Performance at the University at Buffalo.  She has performed all over the country in such venues as CBGB’s (New York, NY), Healey’s (Toronto, ON), The Elbow Room (Chicago) and Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors Festival. (New York, NY).

Colin Tucker
CFA Atrium: 7:30 performance of mesh

1. minus (sound installation)
A soft, slowly-evolving, electronically-generated noise will subtly color the sounding environment of the CFA atrium’s front stairs.

2. mesh (performance)
minus’ noise will become more dynamic over the course of the evening, transforming into the fluidly-evolving thicket of noise that is mesh, a 20-minute work for three electronic instruments.

Performance will feature:

  • Zane Merritt, electronics, PhD student in composition
  • Ethan Hayden, electronics, PhD candidate in composition
  • Christopher M. Culp, electronics, PhD in Historical Musicology and Music Theory

Colin Tucker is a composer and sound artist based in Buffalo, New York. His music has been performed by ensembles ELISION, plus-minus, dal niente, soundinitiative, thingNY, Slee Sinfonietta, Talujon, Edges, the St. Petersburg String Quartet, and the symphony orchestras of Detroit, Detroit Civic, and Ann Arbor, and recognized by a BMI Student Composer Award.

Department of Art

Anthony Dimezza
Studio: B18/19

Anthony’s research and creative endeavors examine and define the Hero archetype within contemporary society as a catalyst for individual empowerment and social change. His work currently takes the form of pop references, social platforms, and subversive peformative actions, which focus on the ideology and factual undertakings of Theodore Roosevelt.

Anthony was born and raised in the foothills of the Adirondacks and earned his bachelors degree in Sculpture at SUNY New Paltz.

Augustine Droze
Studio: closed

Gary Sczerbaniewicz
Studio: B21

My practice involves an insatiable fascination with interior and often uncanny architectural spaces such as tunnels, mineshafts, catacombs, sewers, fallout shelters, basements, crawlspaces, confessional booths, and myriad forms of Subterranea. This passion articulates itself in the form of immersive installations stressing active viewer insertion and participation, as well as various other two and three-dimensional investigations (drawings, models, videos, etc.). I assert and demonstrate the connections between these spaces and their historical, psychological, sociological, or political stratas.

Alexander Derwich
Studio: B36

Born in 1989 and raised in Olean, NY. I graduated from SUNY Purchase in 2011 with a BFA in printmaking. I am currently drawing, printmaking, and animating art that deals with the outcome of suburban kids growing up in privileged situations who were raised by media.

Bobby Gryzynger
Studio: 121
My current work focuses on manipulation and corruption of digital files and imagery. I am interested in exploring the immateriality of digital media in much the same manner as other artists have explored the materiality of analog media. My work endeavors to investigate how destructive digital media processes reflect efforts to preserve our cultural legacy. My current work has been influenced by the structural film work of JJ Murphy and the deconstructionist work of Bill Morrison and Ben Russell. I chose to attend UB because of the program’s high level of technical and conceptual sophistication and its Emerging Practices concentration.

Joshua Unikel
Studio: 133

Words, language, and communication—through text-and-image, text-as-image, and multimedia art, my work aims to investigate a demanding space between the meaningful and the meaningless, between the representational and the physicalized, between “surface and symbol” as Oscar Wilde put it.

Many contemporary artists and writers have already taken up this trying aesthetic. These figures include Mel Bochner, Cy Twombly, Joseph Kosuth, Lyn Hejinian, Charles Olson, Dirk Krecker, and Susan Howe, each with their own nuanced stake in this unsteady semiotic.

Heather Kurdyla
Studio: 130

I construct artificially staged scenes using contradictory elements such as power and helplessness as well as beauty and oddity to demonstrate the complexities and intricacies of the unsettled adolescent mind. I then photograph these scenes to create narratives.

My work deals with the paradoxical feelings of adolescence, a place where time and space seems to be chaotic and still simultaneously. The photographs are ambiguous, blurring the lines of reality and imaginary. Fear, desire and self-identity are all being questioned.

My influences include Sally Mann, Kiki Smith, Claudine Doury, Holly Andres, Cindy Sherman, and Czech New Wave Cinema.

Liz LaBarge
Studio: 207B

I am from Norwood, NY and attended SUNY Potsdam receiving a BFA in studio art and minor in pre-creative arts therapy. My most recent body of work consists of taking pleasing objects (materialized, wanted, pretty, elegant, cute, or decorative) and placing them in contrast with the human figure. I create large-scale charcoal drawings with contrasting lighting. The images show intense emotion referencing distress, desire and/or hunger through an ambiguous feminist approach.

Liz Rywelski
Studio: 207A

My work addresses the social and political aspects of identity. My work is expressed through performative play, photography, printmaking, documentation, video, and graphic design. myLowes Series is part of a suite of projects that consider identity through consumer capitalism.

myLowes Series:

A series of in-store consumer receipts: I am a customer shopping in Lowes department store repeating a word to myself in the form of a shopping list. Each letter in the word is an item on the shelf that linguistically/semiotically points back to the word I am repeating. I buy it, cash out, and make sure to spell the word into the receipt in the form of an acrostic.

Social Service Merchandise:

Social Service Merchandise offers the best and latest in concept receipts. We offer a catalogue to contextualize all 26 units in our line. Art goers use this catalogue to select our units; units are calculated at our sales table where a receipt-acrostic is produced. Art goers keep the receipt and their catalogue. No monetary exchange, no objects sold, art goers consume units that spell out a concept within the receipt.

Social Service Merchandise is a framework created and facilitated by Liz Rywelski, in collaboration with participants.

Mall Walk, a Nordic-style Larp.

Mall Walk is a 3-day participatory performance where you play into the mundane lives of local mall walker’s. Through playful participation we characterize the ways in which consumer-capitalism functions within financially fractured communities. A Nordic-style larp is participatory, it transmits meaning through artistic expression, performative immersion, and is often situated within a mundane act of the everyday.  Sign up to play! The game is 3 days long beginning Oct 31-Nov 2, at the Galleria Mall (during mall walking hours), 8-10am. $30 to play with a $20 deposit returned to you at the end of the game. 20 spots open to both men and women of all ages.

Email: to reserve a spot.

More on Nordic-style Larp here: 

Candy Girling
Studio: closed

Julie Rozman
Studio: 211

Work: The work I’ve carried on the longest is grounded in ritual, observation, and time. It’s slow work that continues to hold value for me. I do things that leave residues-of-sorts that have an indexical or evidentiary relationship to the act, which is then transformed by means of installation into something else to be experienced.

Thought: How do we know ourselves and understand our identity but relationally? Historically, culture is a source of identity; culture is also a do-it-yourself affair. I have an uncertain life path with a contingent and ever-shifting social landscape. I’m interested in how those practices have developed and behave as an alternate grounding force in my life.

Artists: Lately I’ve been looking at and thinking about Gabriel Orozco, Marina Abromovic, Martin Creed, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Fluxus, and Annie Dillard.

Because my inter-cross-non-disciplinary practice seemed to fit, because it’s a conceptual school, and because I deeply enjoy theory and criticism. It came down to the people; intelligent, passionate, thoughtful, honest, unpretentious, and down-to-earth.

Necole Zayatz
Studio: 212A

My work explores the convergent cycles of water and plastics over the landscape. Miniature environments point to contamination, reuse, and over population.

Ruby Merritt
Studio 212B

Working with the mannerisms of a scientific practice does not merely express how Ruby Merritt works, they forge and constitute it. The exploration of matter, natural phenomenon, evaporation, solubility, and the earth cycles are a few occurrences that inspire her. The motives are never those of competing or trying to up-rank the natural world, but those that mimic nature’s process of physical change. Merritt’s work incorporates nature with visual seduction and demonstrates how powerful the mysteries of nature can be along with how important it is to respect and look after the environment in which we live.

Byron Rich
Studio: 214A/B

Byron Rich was born in the city of Calgary on the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains in Western Canada. Upon graduation from high school, Byron began studying art at The University of Calgary under the tutelage of Dr. Jean-Rene Leblanc, Jerry Hushlak, and Linda Carreiro. After graduation from University, he spent time working in the non-profit art sector in Canada, then traveling before beginning his studies at UB.

My work aims to investigate the mediation of experience of our biological reality (the physical body) and the natural world through the techno-sphere. I am interested in advancing the conversation surrounding the possible positive environmental ramifications of a decreasing dependence on the physical occupation of space.

Mark J Snyder
Studio: 216

The core of my work revolves around the body, the mind and pain. I look to interpret how individuals and society deal with and use pain in pleasurable, political, and theoretical ways. Pain generates psychological drama that alters or persuades perception depending on how it is applied. Using references from Bondage, Capital Punishment and Torture along with systems of linear, logical, and spatial parameters, I attempt to present works that allow for a different kind of examination by the outside viewer.

The works of Stelarc, Bob Flannigan and Viennese Actionism are a few of the many artists I’ve looked to as precedents as I push forward with this kind of work.  The writings of the Marquis de Sade, Michel Foucault, Elaine Scarry and Maggie Nelson are among the many scholars that lend insight into the intellectual processes I seek to discuss.

Luke Dougherty
Studio: 217

Luke Dougherty attended Water Street Atelier for four years studying with Jacob Collins, and the Art Students League for two years studying with Ron Scherr. He also went to SUNY Oneonta for his undergraduate studies.

Dougherty is currently working on a set of paintings based on wasting time with “You Tube.”

Mary A. Johnson
Studio: 219A

I have been making drawings, objects and installation/performances that highlight the tense polarity between seduction and disgust, but also the masking, costuming, half-truths, and inversions that happen between the two. I use food as a primary medium to connect to the viewers’ corporeality in my work.

Yang Su
Studio: 219B

I am an artist from China and graduated from Tsinghua University. While studying there, I majored in design with an arts and crafts concentration. My primary art forms are lacquer art, oil painting, and sculpture. Currently, I’m continuing my work with oil painting as well as devoting creative attention to printmaking.

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