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Iden LaMere: Grandmother’s Attic
Exhibition on view: October 13 – October 20
Artist Reception: Tuesday October 15, 6-9PM | INIVTE
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30PM, during all Sugar City events and by appointment.

The past few months I’ve been working on this exhibition have also been some of the hardest of my life. I feel riddled with loss. I have had two great soulmates in my life, my partner Asher and a good friend I had over the course of college, throughout my transition and so many other hard things.

I’d done so many things with her. So many of my paintings have her as a subject, including one in this exhibition that I can no longer stand putting a brush to. We knew each others’ schedules. We knew each other’s coffee orders by heart. We did a nude modeling session together in our senior year (consequently, we knew far too much about each other). But for whatever reason, I became inconvenient for her. So I let her know she’d given up, and I had to give up too. I cannot deny my ongoing love for her, and I cannot deny that every day she doesn’t reach out makes me love and hate her more at once.

My father, with whom I’ve had a rocky relationship my entire life throughout his struggle with alcoholism and emotional and physical abuse, had promised us upon leaving prison that he was a new man. An adult, no longer a narcissist, a parent. He’d convinced me he’d researched my gender. He convinced me that his slip-ups even after three years of knowing and three years of surgery and recovery and testosterone needles, he knew I was a man. Then at my sister’s 25th birthday, he complained that he felt lonely. The only rooster in a sea of hens. I gave so many chances to apologize that night. He said I was too sensitive. He shrugged when I asked, “What about me?”. I came to the conclusion that it was all a lie. Everything he’d ever said about recovery, about loving me and who I was becoming. Possibly everything he’d ever said in general.

I’m accustomed to being left in the dust in my platonic love life. I can’t understand it. It’s a pattern of deep love and heartbreak that I can’t figure out how to break. Reviewing it all feels like digging through grandmother’s attic. I can’t find any greater meaning in the inheritance left behind, in dusty boxes of Christmas cards and old ottomans, after the last car leaves the cemetery.

Artist Bio: My name is Iden J LaMere. I am 23 years old, and I moved to Buffalo just a few months ago, but I’ve lived in Upstate New York nearly all of my life. I am a trans man, and long-time sufferer of PTSD, and my identity has a tendency to make its way into almost all of my work. My depictions of gender, and the way I like to balance horror and beauty in my work have a lot to do with seeing the world from the perspective of being a person trying to love a body and self I hate.

I like to try to produce a balance between elegance and filth, or things that are pleasing to the eye and things we as people would rather not think of, in my imagery and material use. On the side of elegance I take influence from Victorian and French Rococo art style. On the side of filth I use images of blood and offal, human waste, and depictions of gender expression intended to cause discomfort in people who don’t have experience with trans bodies. I want to create an aura of romanticism for taboo subjects. My main medium is oil paint, but I also enjoy working with fabric and other mixed media.
Facebook: IdenJay | Website: idenjay.weebly.com | Etsy: ArcaneArtsBoutique | Email: ijlamere@yahoo.com

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Sun 10/13 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.

Tues 10/15 6-9PM | ARTIST RECEPTION | INVITE Iden J LaMere: Grandmother’s Attic

Weds 10/16 7-9PM | CRIT CLUB | $5 or pay what you can | INVITE Meeting to talk abour art you are making or art you’d love to critque! Description:Attention artists of all disciplines! Are you fresh out of art school and missing those constant critiques? Did you never make it to art school? Do you make art and feel like you have no one to show it to? Introducing: Sugar City Crit Club! A monthly meeting every third Wednesday 7-9pm where artists of ALL ages and backgrounds can bring their in-progress (or even finished!) works to get feedback on, discuss, and share with other artists in a respectful and pressure-free community. Sugar City Crit Club aims to be an open and kind place where artists can uplift each other and help each other grow by sharing our thoughts, ideas, and artistic knowledge to create a safe place to get a little vulnerable our art. Let’s support and strengthen each other’s work and enjoy some snacks! Please bring one to two pieces (unless the pieces are very small) to ensure we have time to discuss everyone’s work fairly. Individuals without work to show or those just interested in the critique process or providing constructive, respectful input are also welcome and encouraged to attend!

Sat 10/19 7-11PM | MUSIC | $5 | INVITE Heigh Keech (B-More Rap), Prehistroic Lovers (Bflo members Welks Mice) Derick Evans (Bflo experimental pop wizard)

Mon 10/21 6-9PM | MEETING | INVITE DSA October General Body Meeting

Tues 10/22 6-8PM | MEETING | $5 donation for NY Abortion Access Fund | Shout Your Abortion: Description:An intimate setting for people to share their abortion stories, remove stigma and listen to people. Suggested donation will be $5 at the door with all proceeds going to NYAAF (New York Abortion Access Fund)

Weds 10/23 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.

Thurs 10/31 6-10PM | MUSIC | $10 PWYC | INVITE Enforced (RVA crossover), High Command (Mass Metal), Lungs (MN Doom/Sludge), War By Other Means (Buffalo HC)

Fri 11/1 6-9PM Art Opening | In Monumental and Sentimental: Illustrations by Alexis Hinkley-Maier


From Your Collection
Opening Thursday August 24th, 6-9PM | INVITE
On view until Sunday September 17th.
Gallery hours are Fridays 5:30 to 7:30pm, during all events, and by appointment.

Sugar City is proud to present the third round of our collaborative group exhibition featuring works from your collection. We believe that everyone owns a piece of creative work that has value. We like to give a platform to share these items with a broad audience. Let us do away with the mystery of where art comes from and what authority assigns value and celebrate the art that we each have.

Over the last two years we have shown close to 75 pieces! People were gracious enough to loan us a variety of work as the theme pretty open to interpretation: items range from paintings, videos, prints, to tchotchkes you hold dear. The only rule is that the piece cannot be something the owner didn’t create. This exhibition follows the Sugar City do-it-together ethos and seeks to further empower everyone’s creative endeavors.


Thurs 8/3 6-10PM | MUSIC | PWYC | INVITE

As part of Buffalo's Infringement Festival WBNY Invades Sugar City:

Always Cool Society (poetic lyricist hip hop) A poetic lyricist with the ability to lead and inspire her generation, dev11n is a breath of fresh air in Hip Hop. Her jazz influenced style, coupled with her thought provoking lyrics, create a sound reminiscent of the 90’s with an all new feel. After the release of her debut EP #The11thHour, she launched a docu-series “I Am: dev11n” to document her journey as an up and coming artist.

Spliff (hip hop artist/vocalist )

Chronic Collective (emcees) Alibi and Illusive. Earth dwelling meanderthals/space travel experimentalists. One time got high score on Gallaga in another dimension in a dive bar.

Tilapia (3 piece funk jam band) three piece funky jam band that believes in two chains not three.

Diverze (vocals)

Dark Matter Trio (new music) Kevin Urso on fender rhodes/bass keys, Ryan Campbell on drums, and Nick Randall on guitar this group creates a sound bigger than the word 'trio' suggests. This energetic yet soulful merge to stand on the shoulders of great improvisors like Medeski Martin & Wood; John Scofield; Soulive; Joshua Redman; and Brad Mehldau, and adds an edge reminiscent of 90's grunge. You may recognize some of the melodies despite them being distorted through a kaleidoscope of captivating rhythms and jazz harmony. Their own fabrications come and go as only a temporal art like music can allow, yet they are truly

Deadwolf (psych rock) 5-piece Psychedelic Pop/Rock band that started off in the fall of 2015 with the objective of crafting larger-than-life songs that have a timeless atmosphere. Having recorded in their own studio, Afterglow Studios, they created the 65-minute long, 14 track album titled, Heavy Heart. Deadwolf has been hailed as, “Psychedelic Rock gods” and “The Harmony Kings.” In a Recent review by Buffablog, they said, “Half A Man, the latest single from Buffalo psych rockers, blew my mind straight up. If you haven’t already gotten this towering, epic jam into your ears, you really need to do so immediately.


Ghosts In the Sunlight: Photographs by Nick Torsell
Opening: July 27, 6:00-9:00 PM | INVITE
On view: July 28 – August 12
Gallery Hours: Fridays 5:30-7:30 PM, during events and by appointment.
Ghosts In The Sunlight are photos that were made from a car looking for a patch of dirt on the side of the road to park on. I pick up my camera wrapped in an old t-shirt and look for the thing I thought I saw in the car. Usually it’s an emptiness, a potential for something new or imagined to happen in that space.

I majored in literature at University at Buffalo. So I wasn’t an art major in college, and I haven’t always looked at things in pictures, but once I started to I realized I was looking for them all along, in old movies, in television, on the side of the highway looking up at the power lines. Photography gave me a way to compose the world into something more manageable.

About Nick Torsell: Nick Torsell was born in 1989 and started taking photos a few years ago. Though Nick has exhibited previously, this will be his first solo gallery show in Buffalo, NY. His sense of reality was deeply shaken by the 2016 Cubs winning the World Series for the first time since 1908. Wait ’til he gets his money right. Instagram: nftorsell