IN THE GALLERY:
Installation by Madeleine Bergman
On View May 23th-May 31st
Opening Reception May 24th 6-9 pm | INVITE
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30PM, during all Sugar City events and by appointment.
This work was originally created as an extension of my physical form. By using my body weight in clay and making something that can overtake and fill up every space it inhabits, it is a metaphor for my relatively small size as a human, but my ability to use my personality to fill the space I’m in.
The use of a vessel as the form for all of these pieces is attributed to women being seen as vessels, containers meant to hold things for others, literally and figuratively. The wide range of images and text on the vessels shows different facets of myself and the complexity of being a woman. Some of the images are representations of people in my life and the way the people you surround yourself with become a part of you.
After this installation is taken down, I plan to separate the pieces, letting some go to friends, people who want to buy them, and placing some in hidden spots in cities I inhabit. My goal with this is to make my art accessible to a larger population of people that might not have frequent experiences with art. Hopefully viewers and those who find the vessels out in the wild develop more of an eye for detail and finding beauty in the world, even in small and unexpected places.
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Thurs 5/23 7:30-9PM | MEETING | INVITE Meeting on the Future of Sugar City Last year Sugar City celebrated our 10 year anniversary. This year our lease is up for renewal, and we’re faced with a decision about our future. When the original Sugar Citizens began volunteering their time to organize the space, the consensus was that we would keep doing this for as long as we were able to keep the lights on and the rent paid. Our philosophy was that as long as we make enough money from events to keep the doors open, that is proof of our value to the community, and justification to keep putting our time and effort into keeping Sugar City in operation. As it turns out, this has not really been an issue. Thanks to the wide variety of communities that have found value in Sugar City, and with the help of some grants, we have been able to pay our bills, make improvements to the space (we have an air conditioner now!), and stash some savings in a rainy day fund. So why are we having this meeting? With the realization that Sugar City has clearly become an active hub for all kinds of community and artistic events, comes the realization that our core volunteers can’t keep organizing this space forever. As our Sugar Citizens are starting careers, buying houses, and moving away from Buffalo; it has become clear that we will need new people in the organization if we are to continue serving the community in the future. After all these years, we don’t want to just let this space to fizzle out – especially not when it seems clear that we are still meeting a need within the community. If Sugar City means something to you, we hope you will consider taking this opportunity to find out how you can become more involved!
Fri 5/24 6-9PM | OPENING RECEPTION | INVITE Installation by Madeline Bergman
Sat 5/25 6-10PM | FILM & PERFORMANCE | $5-10 sliding scale | INVITE 6PM “Kid” Open mic, 7PM Screening: The Date of Indigo Pilot Six, after dance and music from: Slime Time (Philly experimental duo), A. Dreamer Solutions (Bflo public prayers for the oceans), LaLa Buckstar (Bflo Goosekisser following murmurations), Welks Mice (Bflo Dynamic vibe pop), Anti-Matter (Bflo You describe me), Derick Evans (Bflo existential performance art), Unicorn Band
Weds 5/29 6-7:30PM | Young Audiences of WNY Spring Artworks Celebration | FREE After weeks of hard work, the Spring 2019 ArtWork Apprentices have completed a beautiful mural, inspired by the public art in Downtown Buffalo. We invite you to support the apprentices and view the work.
Fri 5/31 7-11PM | MUSIC | $12 | INVITE A night of Buffalo hiphop: James Wynn, Freak The Mighty feat Gucci Toast, YCM, Anthony 1999, ImYoungWorld, Don Zombie, Hefebossup, 14 Trapdoors
Tues 6/4 7:30-8:30PM | MEETING | INVITE Sugar City’s Open Meeting! Program, Volunteer, Collaborate! Sugar City’s Open Meeting! Program, Volunteer, Collaborate! Would you just like to volunteer? Or maybe you are just curious about how we manage this endeavor? Are you a current volunteer that wants to dive deeper into programming? Well come out to our open monthly meeting! Sugar City is about half way through year 5 of our 5 year lease at 1239 Niagara ST. What does the future have in store? Its up to you to find out! 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.
Sun 6/9 7:30-7-9PM | ART | Donation: $5 or pay what you can/Bring Your Own Supplies) | INVITE Dreamland’s Figure Drawing Multiple models will sit for 5-20 minute poses. Bring your own supplies (and we’ll have some available as well). Safer Space rules will be in full effect! Be respectful 🙂 Donations accepted at the door.
Fri 6/14 7-10PM | MUSIC | $15 | INVITE Chokehold (Canada hardcore), For The Love Of (New Jersey hardcore), Juggernaut (Buffalo hardcore), Rain of Salvation (Long Island hardcore), War By Other Means (Buffalo hardcore)
Weds 6/19 -9PM | CRIT CLUB | $5 or pay what you can | INVITE Meeting to talk about art you are making orart you’d love to critique!
Weds 6/26 7:30-7-9PM | ART | Donation: $5 or pay what you can/Bring Your Own Supplies) | INVITE Dreamland’s Figure Drawing Multiple models will sit for 5-20 minute poses. Bring your own supplies (and we’ll have some available as well). Safer Space rules will be in full effect! Be respectful 🙂 Donations accepted at the door.