September 14, 2011 by: Dom
UB Art Gallery, First Floor Gallery, Center for the Arts
September 8–October 22, 2011
Opening reception, Thursday, September 8, 5 to 7pm
Horsplay will feature artwork by alumni from the MFA program in the University
at Buffalo’s Department of Art (now the Department of Art). Guest curator
Bill Maynes selected twelve artists whose artwork variously addresses:
irony; play; food, consumption, and recycling technology; the inherent ‘false
dialectic’ regarding technology versus traditional methodology; and pictorial
reference, symbolism, symbols and vector graphics. Maynes says “throughout
the exhibition, via an artificial GPS, we will visit the various islands of Gulliver’s
Travels in relation to specific artists in the exhibition: the floating island of Laputa
(John Park, Kelly McFadden, Todd Mariani); the ever-warring Lilliput and
Blefuscu (Mia Brownell, Paul Marcus); Houyhnhnms Land (Sarah Paul); etc.”
William Kentridge’s free combination of technological wizardry and traditional
methods of drawing and collage used in his haunting animations, refracted
through his wide-ranging political lens, will play a large role in the exhibition, as
will the crucial shift from abstraction to representation.
Bill Maynes is a UB alumnus, who double majored in theatre and literature.
Currently, he is the Director of The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi in Ghent,
New York and the founder of Bill Maynes Inc. (BMI), a company that produces
documentary videotapes on artists, writers, and historians.