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Hap Tivey. Wavelength of Speech, 2007. Canvas, acrylic, and LEDs. 45.25 x 73.5 x 4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland.


Splitting Light
September 24-January 10, 2016
Opening reception September 24, 5-7pm


UB Art Gallery presents Splitting Light—an exhibition exploring color in contemporary art with artists Shiva Aliabadi, Anna Betbeze, Amanda Browder, Erin Curtis, Gabriel Dawe, Sam Falls, Nathan Green, John Knuth, David Benjamin Sherry, and Hap Tivey. This exhibition marks the reopening of the UB Art Gallery at the Center for the Arts.


Buffalo, N.Y. – The UB Art Galleries is proud to present a contemporary survey of ten artists who are engaging with color as a medium within their varied practices. The artists in Splitting Light work in many visual formats including photography, sculpture, video and light installation, textile, and painting.

Curator Rachel Adams chose works that insinuate color is not only a perceivable idea, but also a medium in and of itself. Extending beyond the traditional use of color in painting, each artist explores the affect color has on both mood and space and specifically how color acts as a structural entity.

The exhibition includes commissioned works by three artists—Shiva Aliabadi, Amanda Browder and Erin Curtis—as well as two offsite projects. Prismatic Illusions, 2015 by Amanda Browder will be installed on the UB Anderson Gallery from September 10-14 before moving to the UB Art Gallery, for the opening on September 24, and Sam Falls Untitled (Thermochromatic Bench), 2014 will be on display on North Campus in Davis Hall's Bansal Atrium from August 17, 2015 through March 2016.

Shiva Aliabadi's ephemeral works speak to the spare artistic language of minimalism. Investigating delicate materials such as copper sheeting, latex, and Indian Holi powder, Aliabadi juxtaposes the soft precarious materials with the hardedge of geometry.

With an affinity toward abstraction and minimalism, Amanda Browder creates brightly colored soft sculptures—many of which are formulated for particular spaces or the exteriors of buildings. For the UB Art Galleries, the artist plays with her reduced forms, pulling from architectural designs she witnessed in Buffalo, to create a site-responsive work for the UB Anderson Gallery that will be reinstalled in the Lightwell Gallery of the UB Art Gallery, Center for the Arts, for the duration of Splitting Light.

Anna Betbeze's works, created from shag rugs known as Flokati, are burned with smoldering wood and coal, soaked in acid dyes, and exposed to the elements before they are presented in the gallery. Her very physical process allows for the color to become inherent in the rug instead of affixed on top—referencing works of Helen Frankenthaler and Niki de Saint Phalle.

Erin Curtis's practice treads the line between painting and traditional craft and textile processes and is highly centered on a layering of color to produce form. Creating a site-specific work that engages the architecture of the Center for the Arts, the artist revisits her idea of the double-sided painting—adhering photo tex and vinyl to the gallery windows, creating a new, colorful façade that will be on view through May 2016.

Garbiel Dawe explores how to materialize light through gradated color. He creates installations utilizing colored threads woven for a specific space. Included in this exhibition are a series of remnants, the aftermath of his temporary installations, which showcase the spectrum of color Dawe involves in his practice.

Nathan Green employs his personal blurred roller technique to explore pattern and geometry both on large canvases and murals. Green's painting technique instigates tension between his color choices while exploring the structural and formal qualities of abstraction.

In his work, Sam Falls examines the relationship between entropy, time, and the artistic process. Untitled (Thermochromatic Bench), installed as an offsite project on North Campus in Davis Hall, is made up of thermochromatic tiles that shift in color with the temperature changes. The bench transitions through a spectrum of color—allowing for the sizable, minimalist-inspired object to fluctuate and change continually throughout its lifespan.

John Knuth's alchemic practice also centers on investigations into natural processes but with unusual collaborators—houseflies. For about a decade, Knuth has experimented with houseflies. Utilizing their normal feeding habits, Knuth feeds them pigmented sugar that they naturally regurgitate onto the canvas. Exerting control in terms of color and limiting the flies to specific areas, the rest is left to chance and the result emphasizes the flies' eating habits—with millions of flyspeck marks completing the work.

In his vivid photographs, David Benjamin Sherry continues the longstanding tradition of photographing the landscape. However, his personal technique results from experiments in the darkroom to alter these landscapes into intoxicating color field photographs. Suggesting the future human impact in regards to ecological degradation and climate change, Sherry's provides an alternate view into a much beloved tradition.

An originator of the Southern California Light and Space Movement, Hap Tivey's practice presents light as a tangible presence. Through his light screens and video projects, Tivey reshapes the way viewers perceive and process light—emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically.


Also on view on the second floor: Selections from the Department of Art Senior Thesis 2015 Exhibition with artists Austin Laughlin, Kelly Magee, Amber Sliter and Susanna Vaupen, and curated by Katherine Gaudy, 2015-16 graduate curatorial assistant for the UB Art Galleries and MFA candidate in the UB Department of Art. The Curatorial Graduate Assistant for the UB Art Galleries is a competitive annual position within the Department of Art that provides MFA students with experience working alongside museum professional as well as the opportunity to propose and curate their own exhibitions. 


About the UB Art Galleries
The University at Buffalo is privileged to have 2 art galleries dedicated to the university's mission for academic excellence and service to the community. Each gallery presents a year-round series of exhibitions, providing students and the broader community easy access to thought-provoking art, visiting artists, and stimulating educational programs. In addition, the UB Art Galleries provide professional training for graduate and undergraduate students through internships and curatorial opportunities, and support faculty and student research.

UB Art Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Friday 11 AM - 5 PM and Saturday 1- 5 PM
Admission is FREE.

For more information call: 716-645-0568 or 716-829-3754
Website: www.ubgalleries.org

For additional information and to request media images, please contact:
Rachel Adams
Associate Curator

Image: Hap Tivey. Wavelength of Speech, 2007. Canvas, acrylic, and LEDs. 45.25 x 73.5 x 4 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland.

The UB Art Galleries are funded by the UB College of Arts and Sciences, the Visual Arts Building Fund, and the Seymour H. Knox Foundation Fine Arts Fund.