In the gallery:
Necropolis Metropolis: Photography by Mark Thomas Duggan
Opening Thursday September 1st 7-9PM | INVITE
On view until September 25th.
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.
Sugar City presents “Necropolis Metropolis,” local photographer Mark Thomas Duggan’s exploration into a population exceeding 10,000 informal settlers that are born, live out their lives, and die within the perimeter gate of The Manila North Cemetery in the the Philippines.
For decades Filipino families and individuals have been moving from rural, provincial villages to the nation’s capital, Manila, in hopes of finding a better life. Like European families moved to the United States in the early 20th century in order to search out better opportunities but instead found long work hours, child labor, and racism; Filipino families move to the capital and too often find situations that push them to sleeping on filth-covered sidewalks, earning money as prostitutes and beggars (regardless of age), and having to actively evade the violence and drugs that fill the streets of the slums. To darken the picture even further, each of the aforementioned conditions puts each life at risk of becoming a victim of human trafficking, an industry that strips people of their identity, individuality, and basic human freedoms.
In order to avoid the many pitfalls of the city, many have come to find shelter and rediscover a sense of community on par with that of their former provinces, by turning to an unlikely location. The ten foot walls of the Manila North Cemetery provide families with a peaceful, spacious, relatively clean haven from the comparatively dangerous, deafening, filthy, teeming city outside. Mausoleums are converted into homes and store fronts. Depending on time of day, crypts serve as either dining spaces or beds. Small roads where funeral processions go by in the morning later transform into busy avenues where adults imbibe and kids play basketball at night.
For one year, photographer Duggan worked in the Manila North Cemetery along side a team of volunteers in order to provide various services to the families that lived there. He assisted in establishing feeding programs for families that needed them most, provided skills trainings for out of work parents and young adults, and most of all, acted as a tutor to the at-risk youth population who hoped to reenter into the formal education system thereby elevating their and their families’ chances of improving their stations in life beyond the walls in which they lived. The photos in this collection encompass the majority of photos taken by Duggan during his term there. As remarkable as the situation seems, those who lived in the cemetery carried with them a sense of esteem and community that fostered a feeling of normalcy which made raising a camera a disrespectful, and almost absurd thing to do.
Everything is Chemical: New Works by Joshua Nickerson
Opening Friday October 7th 7-10 PM | INVITE
On view until October 29th.
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.
Joshua Nickerson’s most recent body of work uses the language of abstraction to explore how we assemble the realities we experience. These drawings are designed to illustrate the ways in which we filter and sort all the information provided us to create the tiny models of our inner worlds.
The work takes advantage of abstraction’s ability to generate images that are both, either/or, and neither all at the same time, as well as its unique ability to contain multiple references to both the organic and human-generated world.
The working process used combines both printmaking and drawing, including the use of hand-cut stencils, use of found objects as stencils, and the use of small handmade prints as well as traditional drawing methods.
Joshua Nickerson is a visual artist based in Buffalo, New York. He has received solo exhibitions at The Barco Gallery at the University of Pittsburgh, Starlight Studios and Gallery and most recently at the C.G. Jung Center. Recently his studio practice has shifted from painting to works on paper. Artist Website
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Weds 9/28 6-10PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE | Forever Grey (Cold wave/Goth duo from Grand Rapids, Michigan), Bring Her (Darkwave from the sun starved western hills of Pittsburgh), Sparklebomb (Buffalo noize), Streetcleaver (Jamestown noise), Uncertain (Buffalo noise)
Fri 9/30 7-11PM | MUSIC | $7 INVITE | Radiation Blackbody (Bass/drum prog grind from NYC), Black Iron Prison Effected drums and spastic vocals from Toronto, Ish Kabbible (Bass/drum progressive duo), Flesh Trade (Heavy electronics)
Tues 10/4 7:30-8:30 | MEETING | INVITE | Monthly Open Meeting: Are you interested in getting involved with programming at Sugar City? Would you just like to volunteer? Or maybe you are just curious about how we manage this an endeavor? Are you a current volunteer that wants to dive deeper into programming? WELL come out to our open monthly meeting!
Fri 10/7 7-10PM | Art Opening | FREE | INVITE | Everything is Chemical: New Works by Joshua Nickerson
Weds 10/12 7-9PM | WALK | FREE | INVITE | MYSTERY TOUR: walk-a-about journey full of creative surprises-art, film, performance and more at various unexpected spots in our neighborhood. BUT IT’S ALL A SECRET. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Kids are encouraged to join.
Fri 10/14 6-11PM | MUSIC |$7 Presale/$10 Door | INVITE Four Arm Shiver (Pop Punk, Lawrence, KS), Bruise (Emo/Hardcore, Lawrence, KS), The Concord Kids (Pop Punk Bflo), Coma State (Metalcore Bflo), Nate Cox (Acoustic Bflo)
Sunday 10/16 7-10PM | MUSIC |$10.00 or $12.00 w/ a copy of the new GAS CHAMBER-“ADVICE FROM YAMA” cassette | INVITE | Cult Leader (Prog Crust Metal on Deathwish Records), Gas Chamber (Release Show Buffalo HC/Punk/Prog/Noise masters), GAZM (Scathing Hardcore Montreal), Basement Rat (Punk Bflo), Grain Assult (Punk Blfo)
Sat 10/22 7-11PM | MUSIC | $5 The Sans, Lost Connections, and Tyler Okun
Fri 10/28 6-11PM | MUSIC | Lost connections, Scathed and more TBA
Sat 10/29 6-11PM | MUSIC | $TBA | INVITE | MALLWALKERS “Dial M For…” release party with Mags (Anthemic Buffalo indie-rock), GUN CANDY (Wild Buffalo punk ‘n’ roll), Trinkit (Buffalo’s #1 ladypunk party band), WELKS MICE (Buffalo’s infectious minimalist pop duo) plus goofs by Pat Kewley
Weds 11/2 7-10PM | $3-$5 | “Torrey Pines” stop motion animation with live accompaniment by Clyde Peterson of Your Heart Breaks with local support from Welks Mice. Torrey Pines is a feature film based on a true story by stop-motion animator Clyde Petersen. The film is a story about growing up with a schizophrenic single mother and identifying as a gender queer punk highlighting coming-of-age of age during the turbulent shift of media and politics in Southern California in the late 80’s and early 1990’s. Petersen’s life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. With a mother fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy and family dysfunction, Petersen is kidnapped at the age of 12 and taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it.
Sat 11/5 10-4AM | DANCE PARTY | $5 | Milkie’s 522 Elmwood Ave 18+ It has come to our attention that you’ve been feeling an ache in your toes, a want so great you don’t know what to do, you’ve been wishing and hoping and thinking and praying that we’d come back. Bold soul brothers and sweet soul sisters, Sugar City’s SOUL NIGHT is back! Sets by: Handsome Dan,The Reverend Johnny Dramma with special guests: DJ GARBAGE MONSTER, and DJ Nightbus