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Castellani Art Museum 'TopSpin' series: Gary Sczerbaniewicz's architectural vignettes invite viewers into distorted world


Mon, Jan 12th 2015 07:00 am

Buffalo artist Gary Sczerbaniewicz's exhibition "High Strangeness" features a series of seven small architectural vignettes housed within scorched periscope forms and a central terminal from which the vignettes emanate. The artist calls these studies "incursions" as he views them as "spatial scenarios which have in some way been interlopers within my psyche, and through which I transfer to the psyche of the respective viewer."

The exhibition is the latest in the Castellani Art Museum's "TopSpin" series of solo exhibitions by emerging regional artists. An opening reception is set for 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25. The exhibition runs through May 3.

The vignettes are displayed in periscopic stands and viewed through visor ports placed in the face of the stands. The language here is decidedly militaristic. The viewer is invited to glimpse the interior scenes, which are slightly distorted by glass lenses set within the visor - indicative that what they are viewing is not exactly truthful in its display, but contains a mixture of truth and distortion. There is also a necessity the viewer cannot see what is revealed unless they are physically close to the peering site. This dialogue can only take place under specific intimate conditions.

Sczerbaniewicz was recipient of the Jacob Kassay Master of Fine Arts Award (2013) and was a 2010 member of the New York Foundation on the Arts - Mark Program. He has recently completed a two-month residency at Sculpture Space in Utica, where much of the installation titled "Tom Ridge" was created.

For more information, contact Michael J. Beam, Curator of Exhibitions & Collections at 716-286-8286.

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