September 4-26, 2015
Opening reception Friday, Sept. 4, 6-9pm
Bruce Adams Nick Butler
Max Collins Kevin Kline
Craig LaRotonda Cristiano F. Lopes
Michael Mararian Thom Neill
Paul Rybarczyk Donald J. Siuta
C.J. Szatkowski Chuck Tingley
Adam Weekley Mark Zahm
Representations of the male form have played a major role in the history of Western art that spans from the idealized beauty of ancient Greek and Roman statuary to contemporary photography and pop media culture. Despite the significance that trajectory has had in both academia and the art world, male figuration is currently an infrequently exhibited genre of art.
This exhibition is intended to address that incongruity by providing a brief survey of works in all media by both established and emerging male Western New York artists who have explored this subject matter in their work. The artworks that they have created represent their widely divergent perspectives of the male body and the results include political and social commentary, allusions to classical art history, and sensual depictions.
The artists included in the exhibition are Bruce Adams, Nick Butler, Max Collins, Kevin Kline, Craig LaRotonda, Cristiano F. Lopes, Michael Mararian, Thom Neill, Paul Rybarczyk, Donald J. Siuta, C.J. Szatkowski, Chuck Tingley, Adam Weekley and Mark Zahm.
The exhibition has been organized by independent curator Gerald Mead, an educator and leading authority on Western New York art who has also guest-curated exhibitions for the Castellani Art Museum, UB Anderson Gallery, CEPA Gallery, Kenan Center Gallery, Artspace Buffalo and the Charles E. Burchfield Nature & Art Center.