IN THE GALLERY
Everything is Political by Matthew Coté
Reception: May 03, 6-9PM | INVITE
On view: April 16- May 04
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment
This series of work, a culmination of work created during my graduate term at Edinboro University, is a journey of discovery about the politics of making a choice and finding a balance between the polarities of that choice. If there is anything I have learned from engaging in and creating politically charged work, it is that everything is political. It is a blanket statement that sometimes provokes people to roll their eyes, but there is truth to it. Politics can be seen simply as navigating interaction. We make choices based on our stature, how others perceive our choices, as well as the consequences of those choices. Our ability to discern the effect of our choices is political. Dealing with the consequences of those choices is political. Understanding our role and contribution to society is political.
I am motivated to create work that critiques politics and choices, while simultaneously expressing an understanding of the politics of choice. Through my work I mediate tensions, polarities, and divisions by using paradoxes, visual puzzles, and subliminal messages. It is my preference to use jewelry/metalsmithing to hone the message of my work rather than specifically strive to further the techniques of the medium.
Artist Bio: Born and raised in Tacoma, WA, Matthew Coté received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Central Washington University, and his Associate of Arts and Sciences from Tacoma Community College. Never shying away from controversy, Matthew pursues subjects that may offend, however are meant to spark a greater discussion. He has an interest in using art for political activism, as well as broadening art outreach within a community. Currently, he is working to finish his MFA in Metalsmithing at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
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Sat 4/21 10AM-12PM | CLEAN-UP | INVITE Broderick Park 1170 Niagara St: Join Vision Niagara as part of Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper Shoreline Sweep to spruce up our beautiful park, including a bit o’ weeding and lots of mulching! We can use all the hands we can get!
Sat 4/21 7:30-11PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE Michael Foster and Ben Bennett (saxophone, NYC / floor percussion, Philadelphia), Justin Von Strasburg and Esin Gunduz (snare drum, Buffalo / voice, Buffalo), Bill Sack and TBA (banjo and acoustic guitar, Buffalo / TBA )
Mon 4/23 7-10PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE Terror Pigeon (Synth Punk Nashville, TN), White Rope (rock n’roll Brooklyn, NY), MEDUSA (Rap synth Bflo), Jack Topht (awesome rap Bflo), Eric Barry Drasin (Speed Metal PowerPoint Bflo)
Tues 5/1 7:30-8:30PM | MEETING | INVITE Open Meeting: Program, Volunteer & Collaborate! 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! Sugar City just entered year 4 of our 5 year lease at 1239 Niagara ST. WOOOWWEEEEEEEEE!!! Since Sugar City is all volunteer run we are always in need of help for events and are open to the community’s input for our programming.
Thurs 5/3 6-9PM | ART OPENING | FREE | INVITE Everything is Political Artwork of Matthew Cotè
Fri 5/4 5-9PM | DANCE PARTY | $5 single/$10 family or supply donation | INVITE Resistance Dance Party: DJs Jennifer Page & Bill Page (Transmission) will be playing music to please families of all ages and to help raise money and collect donations for Haven House. “There are so many items that we require on a day-to-day basis as our shelter is usually full and at a moment’s notice we may need to serve a mom and her children who are fleeing an abusive situation. Items such as: TOPS/Wegmans gift cards, baby wipes, laundry detergent, (new) women’s socks and underwear (sizes 5-8) and hair brands such as: Ampro Style, Shine & Jam, Pink Oil Sheen BB Super Gro and Pink Lotion, are needed most frequently.” Link to donations needed
Sat 5/5 70-11PM | $12 adv / $14 dos | INVITE ‘68 (Atlanta, GA, Southern Rock), American Nosebleed (Buffalo, NY Hardcore-Rock), Squatch (Buffalo, NY Experimental Metal), Out Last (Buffalo, NY Metalcore)
Tues 5/15 6-9PM | Art Opening | INVITE Chorma Photographs by Emily Sniegowski