January 28, 2016 by: Natalie Fleming
MFA student Max Collins will be featured in the BT&C Gallery Exhibition Fresh: series 1, a showcase of young Buffalo artists. This is the first in what will be a continuing series of group shows featuring an array of young artists living and working in Buffalo. Fresh opens tonight, Thursday, January 28th, with a reception 6-9pm and will run through February 27th. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 12-5pm, or by appointment.
The Fresh exhibition series aims to highlight the rich vitality of the Buffalo art scene through a conscious reference to the London art scene in the late 1980s dominated by the “Young British Artists” (YBAs). The group of then emerging artists, the majority of which were initially supported by famed British art collector Charles Saatchi, included Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Chris Ofili, Rachel Whiteread and more. The reference is less about the sometimes sensational nature of the YBAs’ creative output, and more about highlighting a certain place and time—a distinctive moment for the visual arts in Buffalo, NY. Just as with the Young British Artists, these young Buffalo artists resist easy definition; there is a clear diversity of medium and theme and each artist has their own signature style.
A larger aim of this exhibition series is to promote patronage early on in the careers of WNY based artists mirroring Charles Saatchi’s early patronage of the YBAs. All of the work presented as part of FRESH is made available for acquisition at a lower price point than usually associated with BT&C, with the vast majority of works priced under $500. There is a plethora of talent coming out of Western New York in the fine arts field and it is without a doubt that these artists could benefit from patronage early on in their careers.
FRESH: series 1 includes work by six young Buffalo artists: Max Collins, Dylan England, Sarah Fonzi, Christina Laing, Justin Mages, and Alicia Malik. Media include sculpture, installation, photography, printmaking, painting and collage.