Group 263 Exhibit

  • Group 263 Exhibit

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    Karima has always been a maker. Handwork and stitchery are part of her ancestry, as everyday as bread and pasta. Karima has dabbled in many art forms but always returns to the simple stitch. Preferring not to purchase new materials, she works with what is on hand, be it a cast-off item of clothing, a length of thread, or, as of late, the humble tea bag. Creating from what would otherwise be overlooked or discarded is an act of remembrance, encompassing her own history and that of the urban landscape in which she lives. Karima hopes to honor both the strength and the fragility of human connections and the enduring beauty and vulnerability of our natural world. Karima lives and works in Buffalo, NY.

    My primary medium is the stitch. The comfort and rhythm of making the same stitch over and over brings me to a place where I am able to tap into an awareness that is much larger than myself. For what does a stitch do? It binds together, it repairs, it connects.

    Brian started his career as an illustrator in Toronto, Canada. After moving to Buffalo in 2015 he continued to develop a colorful series of landscapes and cityscapes inspired by the many National and State Parks of New York. Working primarily in watercolor allows Brian to achieve a high saturation layered approach to painting with a strong emphasis on color, light and bold brushstrokes. Brian can most commonly be seen in the festival circuit and gallery shows in Buffalo, NY.

    As a lover of nature, capturing the sense of being in the wild is everything. The small details of a location matter less to me than the strength of light shining through the leaves and the strong deep colors.The elusive qualities and mysteriousness of underwater landscape drives the imagination. I strive to convey the sense of awe I feel in such places.

    As a child, Kathy loved her Crayola 64s and her “Water Colour Paint Box, Made in England” with 108 rich squares of color. Growing up in Philadelphia, her mother, a fine artist, took her to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Her earliest memory is liking “how the colors look next to each other.” After following art classes throughout her education and studying Graphic Design at college, Kathy enjoyed a freelance career as a designer for many years. When the opportunity arose to challenge herself artistically, Kathy turned back to photography. Traveling to other areas or sightseeing in Buffalo NY, she captures images that many would walk by and never see – from rust and peeling paint, to rocks and water. Abstract impressionism with painterly qualities drives her art to challenge the viewer’s emotions.

    I have always been fascinated by color, texture, light, space…details. My excitement is tangible as I look beyond and discover something new. Being rewarded when taking a second look. It is finding patterns and shapes, and seeing intricacy, that is extraordinary. I am working to take these images further by enlarging, enhancing and intensifying into abstraction. Looking deeper within the captured image. Trying to move closer to an emotional response. Experimenting with the material on which the image is printed. My hope is that the viewer is able to take a few moments in their day to look at life around them a little differently.

    Rick was born in NYC and is a product of the 60s.  From an early age visits to famous galleries and museums made a strong visual impression on him. A photography class in the local high school hooked him on sharing photographic works with friends and family. People and nature in urban settings always provided inspiration.

    When I take a photograph it is with great hope and expectation. Will the camera capture all that I hope for and expect it to be? Will the vibrancy of the colors I see reveal themselves on paper? Will all the textures of an object be magnified as my mind’s eye sees them? Will the subject of my photograph relate to the whole as I had envisioned? Essentially it is trial and error – a great experiment!

    I believe there ought to be humor in art and that art ought to extend to the edges
    of reality. The subjects I selected for this show are musicians – how ironic for Pausa.
    The photos of the musicians were taken in Buffalo, Michigan, Philadelphia, and Maryland.  All are in their natural environment. The project runs the gamut from
    street musicians to the rehearsals of the Buffalo Opera Unlimited.

    Upon completing a photographic artwork I begin the framing process. This includes planing, cutting, joining and staining/painting the frame as well as selecting a mat and obtaining glass. At this point all the imagination and work which has gone into the piece is brought to fruition. This final part of the process, for me, is the most fun.

    For this exhibit at Pausa, musicians all around us are presented “playing out.”

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