Events 4/8-5/14

IN THE GALLERY

Helical Path: Experimental Distortions by Evan Wachowski
Opening: Saturday April 22, 5-9pm | INVITE
On view: 4/17-4/27

Senior graphic design show for Evan Wachowski BFA at Buffalo State. This show will feature a collection of prints and video installations revolving around the mainpulation and destruction of media to create entirely new compositions. Video installations will use hardware to create authentic VHS video distortions

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Mind the Gap: NFTA Metro Redesign & Transit Art
Reception May 5, 2017, 6-9PM | INVITE
On view April 30 – May 5
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.

Mind the Gap is a senior graphic design show featuring metro themed design and artwork. It’s a re-imagination of what Buffalo’s metro system could be. It expands and rebrands the NFTA Metro, creating something colorful and vibrant to reflect Buffalo’s many neighborhoods. It is thoughtful design that keeps the future in mind, creating a cohesive branding system not necessarily for the transit system we have, but the one we hope to develop. It explores the balance between function and visual identity, creating a train system that can be embraced by locals and visitors alike, and putting Buffalo on the map as a rising city with a bright future.

Mind the Gap speaks to the potential that Buffalo’s metro system holds, if we just take a step in the right direction.

Holly Norris is a Communication Design major at Buffalo State who utilizes a wide variety of mediums in both design and illustration to create work that is a subtle mix of handmade and digitally produced.
Artist website: hmnorris.com

UPCOMING EVENTS

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Tues 4/25 7-9PM | FREE | Reading Group | INVITE Socializing with Socialists
When

Fri 4/28 5:30-7:30PM | Gallery Hours

Fri 4/28 8-9:30PM | MULTI-MEDIA | INVITE Seeking Presence: The Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo and University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning MFA Students Amirreza Azadeh, Galia Binder, Rachel Doktor, Matt Phan, Sara Stabley, and John Wightman.

Mon 5/1 6-10PM | MUSIC | $TBA | INVITE Boy Harsher (dark electronic duo Northampton, MA) STCLVR (minimal noisey industrial/sludgey electronics WNY), Autumn Echo (performance poetry, Jamestown), Empathic Window (experimental Buffalo)

Tues 5/2 7-10PM | MUSIC | $TBA | INVITE Banny Grove (LA Glam Pop), Mitch The Champ (Bloomington,IN, Lo-Fi Pop, PLAN-IT-X), Welks Mice (Buffalo NY, DIY Pop), Little Cake (Buffalo NY, Chamber Pop)

Wed 5/3 7:30-8:30PM 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! | We need YOU to come get involved!

Fri 5/5 6-9PM FREE | ART | INVITE Closing Reception: Mind the Gap: NFTA Metro Redesign & Transit Art by Holly Norris

Sat 5/6 12-5PM | FREE | INVITE Pop-Up Craft Fair: Join us for an afternoon of shopping featuring many local, small and start-up businesses in a unique pop up shopping event! Vendors: Bambish Crafts, Noelle LaMonica, Jill Sarah Photography, Katelyn Thomas, Thistle Silver Designs, Speak Easy Works, Love by Bean, J Savage Goods, Nickel City Sawdust, Shauna Louise Design, Paige Olson, Quilts by Liz, Taylor Connelly, Overwinter Coffee

Sat 5/13 6:30-11PM | MUSIC | The Ebola Virus (Buffalo NY, ziploc-fresh anarchist Rap/Hip-hop), Reformer (Rochester NY, breakdown hardcore), Amish Noise (Buffalo NY, musk punk – not your mother’s punk band), Inhalants (St Catharines ON, slow-then-fast Canadacore)

Sun 5/14 7-10PM | MUSIC | $8 | INVITE The Orange Friction (Buffalo, NY, Alternative/Blues Rock), Primal Static (Austin, TX, Rock/Electronic/Blues), The Good Neighbors (Buffalo, NY, Alternative rock/indie pop), Johnny and The Man Kids (Buffalo, NY, Alternative Rock)

5.3.17


Wed 5/3 7:30-8:30PM 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! | We need YOU to come get involved!

5.1.17


Mon 5/1 6-10PM | MUSIC | $TBA |INVITE
Boy Harsher (dark electronic duo Northampton, MA)
Boy Harsher is a dark electronic duo that produces gritty dance beats infused with ethereal vocals, creating a sound that is eerie, intense and incredibly danceable. Augustus Muller develops the underbelly of sound with minimal beats and grinding synths, where Jae Matthews whispers, screams and chants on top. Together, the music created is somewhere between industrial, drone and confessional storytelling. Muller and Matthews both have a strong background in film and their cinematic approach translates effectively in both their recordings and live performance.

Boy Harsher started in early 2013 under the name Teen Dreamz. The project was based on short stories written and read by Matthews then live scored by Muller. As the project matured the instrumentals became more dance influenced and Matthews’ delivery became more dynamic and spontaneous. In January of 2014 Teen Dreamz took on the moniker Boy Harsher.

Yr Body is Nothing, Boy Harsher’s debut LP, was released by Atlanta’s DKA Records in June of 2016. The LP has been described as a “darkly beautiful and very emotional new record” by Gorilla Vs. Bear and as “highly danceable fantasy narratives of desire and nuanced discomfort” by Decoder Magazine. The album was recorded at home in Northampton, Massachusetts with additional recording and final mixing done at Dollhouse Studios by Peter Mavrogeorgis. The first pressing quickly sold out and a 2nd pressing was released January 2017 ahead of Boy Harsher’s US tour.

STCLVR (minimal noisey industrial/sludgey electronics WNY)

Autumn Echo (performance poetry, Jamestown)”performance poetry from Jamestown, NY with a sailor’s tongue & much too positive of an attitude for her own good, which she counteracts with sad & angry spoken word. This is all in an attempt to find balance in a fucked up world. If she doesn’t make you feel anything, it’s you, not her.”

Empathic Window (experimental Buffalo) “Pointless (but not soulless) audio experiments and non-music from the artist behind The Downgrade Complex, Training Montage, and AHWE”
https://valueexchange.bandcamp.com/track/sun-cycle-rendering

4.28.17


Fri 4/28 8-9:30PM | MULTI-MEDIA | INVITE
Seeking Presence: The Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo and University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning MFA Students

A Definition of Seeking:
“To go … to a place.”

A Definition of Presence:
“Something that exists … in a place, but is not seen.”

“Seeking Presence” unites The Department of Media Study, SUNY at Buffalo and University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning MFA Students Amirreza Azadeh, Galia Binder, Rachel Doktor, Matt Phan, Sara Stabley, and John Wightman in relationship to longing: for objects, animate and inanimate, physical structures, both alive and gone, and places, real and imagined, lost or never visited, that have left their stains of being and becoming on our bodies of work.

Join us from 8:00-9:30 pm at Sugar City for an evening of film installation, animated objects, conceptual space, site-specific media, textile art, and live performance.

Further exhibition information:

Amirreza Azadeh
“A Self-Expressive Station”
This piece is set in a speculative future not too far off from 2017. In this hypothetical space, a Buffalo transportation station, through programmed objects, uses citizens’ data to provide an interactive transportation experience for them. One such object, the “Creepy Ticket Machine,” has a camera, credit card reader, and a Bluetooth sensor to tracks users’ paths in the station. This machine reflects what is possible to be known about citizens. It transfers data to the “Selective Bench,” which matches people who are similar by inviting them to sit on the same bench, using an adaptive algorithm.

Galia Binder
“An Attack is Not Taking Place, 1952”
America, 1952. A time of binarism//segregation; erasure//assimilation. Pathology. Instructional films that tells their audience how to fear: the body. Avoid: germs. Reject: vulnerability. Determine: the enemy. Exterminate: otherness. Refuse: liberation. On the eve of May 8, marking seven years after the end of the Holocaust, one family is caught in an absurdist ritual of remembrance. Where are the silences implicit in their (re)enactment? What kinds of identities are they making present? What are the implications of pulling their dream into waking consciousness?

Rachel Doktor
“Erstwhile of Absence”
Erstwhile, an old English adverb, in the past at a former time interprets the medium of absence and existence within the moment. In this multilayer film installation, the lived-body begins within one state and evolves, rising and flying into a seamless loop through spatial, visual, and sonic memory. Viewers will be immersed in an experimental, semiotic sense of perception rooted in this temporary belonging to a multidimensional space. Relive the past with the present placed beside, within, and throughout the experience. Encounter the deconstruction of a past reconstructed.

Matt Phan
“The Urban Fabric”
Cities are an environment constructed around the laws and necessities of human life. By anthropomorphizing Buffalo, our “Queen City,” as an individual, the connection between human and environment becomes easier to understand. Her buildings become the gown she wears, draping her in materiality and narrative meaning. The gown’s materials are inspired by Buffalo’s Main Street, retelling the city’s life through its main processional road.

Sara Stabley
“Timeline Trails”
Timeline Trails offers an experiential discovery of the Silver Lake Outlet Trail in Perry, NY through a GPS-tracking app, and an accompanying soundtrack which plays as one walks the trail. Every 6 to 8 months a new local artist will be selected to add their own narrative to the project, using the original model as a template. All narratives will be archived within the app so users can choose those they wish to hear. In that way, Timeline Trails will become its own timeline, documenting the stories of residents indefinitely.

John Wightman
“Beam Me Up, Scotty”
By defining space through an ephemeral column, the human perception is “fit to a model that joins space and time into a single idea” A running column grid of fishing line and colored thread separates the gallery into its own moment between a light and dark space. The perception of the spectator is directed to a transient depiction of subspace that momentarily separates them from reality. The intangible stretches into the auditory realm of the human mind, whose function is to navigate the metaphysical. This exploration of sound proposes something specific to the spectator, yet simultaneously conjures an experience of being absorbed into total anonymity.

4.22.17

Helical Path: Experimental Distortions by Evan Wachowski
Opening: Saturday April 22, 5-9pm | INVITE
On view: 4/17-4/27

Senior graphic design show for Evan Wachowski BFA at Buffalo State. This show will feature a collection of prints and video installations revolving around the mainpulation and destruction of media to create entirely new compositions. Video installations will use hardware to create authentic VHS video distortions