MINING THE ARCHIVES
New Works by Gerald Mead
March 3 - 25, 2017
Opening reception Friday, March 3, 6:00-9:00pm
This exhibition conisists of 25 small-scale assemblages that relate thematically to over three decades of Mead’s artistic practice. The source material for these diminutive works (each measuring 4 x 4 inches) is the artist’s vast archive of thousands of images, ephemera, found objects and artifacts that he has collected or been given over the years for use in his work. These materials were assiduously edited, sampled and used to construct artworks that can be seen as reliquaries that memorialize past series of his collages and/or assemblages and commissions, or as homages to specific places, events or individuals. The subjects of the works range widely from Great Britain, Pan-American Exposition, Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Garden Walk and Hockey to Charles Burchfield and Max Collins.
Each assemblage is constructed within a small optical camera filter which creates the illusion of further miniaturization. The intimate scale of the works encourage inspection of their complexity and obsessive detail and engage viewers in the act of decoding the web of multi-layered imagery, objects and text within them.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Gerald Mead artworks are in the permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, George Eastman House/International Museum of Film and Photography, Brooklyn Art Library, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Castellani Art Museum, and the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction in Fort Worth, TX. They have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States and in Canada, Australia, Great Britain, Poland, Russia, and China and are published in five collegiate textbooks. Mead has lectured on his work at Cambridge University and Chautauqua Institution, received grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts, is an appointed member of the Buffalo Arts Commission and serves on several art committees and boards in the area. He earned his MFA in Visual Studies from the University at Buffalo where he was a Deans Scholar and currently teaches at SUNY Buffalo State and is an independent curator.