IN THE GALLERY
Steve Ardo: Monsters
Opening Friday February 9th 6-9PM | INVITE
On View: February 9-28
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30PM, during events and by appointment.
Sugar City Art Gallery is pleased to announce Steve Ardo: Monsters, the first solo exhibit focusing upon the work of artist, graphic designer and local punk Steve Ardo. Monsters will serve as Ardo’s introduction to the wider public within Western New York, and the art community by and large. He has been an avid graphic designer and punk rock enthusiast since graduating from the University at Buffalo with a Bachelors in Fine Arts degree.
Ardo has participated in smaller group shows and several surveys of local artwork in the past – in venues such as Glow Gallery and the Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC) – Monsters will be his first ever solo exhibit, allowing audiences to unpack and unravel his wide-ranging oeuvre and dive deep into his punk rock portfolio. Having worked outside of the mainstream gallery system and the concentric circles of contemporary art practice, Ardo’s work, like the artist himself, retains a sincere heart encircled by rough edges characteristic of many do-it-yourself, queer, punk kids from the City of Good Neighbors.
Monsters will focus upon several branches of Ardo’s multifaceted practice, including the “Buffalo (Hand)Bills” series, a series of hand bills, or fliers, produced on the fly for punk bands; his “Merch Guy” series, a suite of t-shirts designed, screen printed and distributed by Ardo for a number of local bands; and his “Paper Monsters” series, a set of layered, cut-paper creations evoking pop culture touchstones such as Pokémon and Digimon, alike. Additionally, there will be a selection of process works, ranging from sketches done on transparencies, pencil and ink gouaches, and selections from Ardo’s own sketchbook-cum-diary.
Inspired in equal measure by Buffalo’s DIY scene, punk bands, the aforementioned popular culture and the artwork of Keith Haring, Ardo’s work encapsulates the invaluable vigor outsider’s can bring to the fore within contemporary art; watering it and refreshing it anew with outside perspectives, and art gleaned from lonely days of introspection and heady nights of revelry, each. This exhibit also begins to grapple with what is beneath the surface of all of Ardo’s work; work made in the face of poverty, abjection and anxiety is as unfailingly buoyant as Mark Rothko’s signature clouds of pigment on canvas.
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Fri 2/16 5:30-7:30PM | Gallery Hours | INVITE Steve Ardo: Monsters
Tues 2/27 7-9PM | READING | FREE | INVITE Join the Buffalo DSA in our second installment of our two-part discussion of the “Luigi of Communism,” Friedrich Engels! We will be reading his famous work, “The Origin of the Family, Private Property, and the State.” Even if you missed the first one, you’re more than welcome to join us for the second part! The entire book is only around 150 pages. This meeting we will cover the second half of the book, chapter 5 through the end. An electronic version of the text is available for free here.
Fri 3/2 6:00-9:00pm | DANCE PARTY | Donation of one unopened box of menstrual pads (only, no tampons) -OR- $5 individual/$10 family | INVITE | Round two of the Resistance Dance Party will be collecting donations of feminine products for Buffalo Public School girls in need. DJs Jen & Bill Page will be spinning tunes!
Sat 3/3 6:30-11PM | MUSIC | $10 | INVITE Crafter (Boston Hardcore), At The Heart of It (Post-Hardcore FFO: Thursday), EgoDestroys (Syracuse Hardcore), Wrong the Oppressor (Buffalo Hardcore), Main Breaker (Buffalo Punk)
Tues 3/6 7:30-8:30PM | MEETING | INVITE 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 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.
Weds 3/7 7-9PM | MEETING | INVITE Buffalo DSA March General Meeting -Electoral Strategy Discussion
Sat 3/10 12-3PM | INVITE Queen City Music Lottery #5: The Drawing | In a nutshell, the Queen City Music Lottery is a showcase of “new” Buffalo area bands formed entirely at random!
These “new” bands must complete a few simple but super important tasks to remain eligible to perform in a final showcase Saturday June 2nd ! How does it work? To participate you must come to this SIGN UP meeeting. At the meeting all names of the willing participants will be DRAWN at RANDOM and you will be formed into a BAND! Once your band is formed you will have roughly 12 weeks to write a 15 minute set of music which your new band will perform at a showcase with all the other bands from the project. IMPORTANT-Bands ARE NOT chosen based on participants musical “skill” or what instruments they might play. ALL BANDS ARE FORMED AT RANDOM. For example: this means that any given band could consist of multiple members that primarily play guitar or maybe your band consists of people that normally play drums, or maybe no one in your band actual knows how to play anything and you are all complete strangers!!! The point is to met new people, play new instruments, and DO SOMETHING NEW AND FUN!
sun 3/11 7-10PM | COMEDY | $15 | Nite of A Thousand Laughs: Freddie Cothran, Miesha Booze, Derrick Florence, Mike Got Jokes – Hosted by: Sierra Mone’t Music by: Lil Mac