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Northland goes live

The East Side satellite space kicks off with an intriguing and interactive three-person show



Soto presents a collection of liquor bottles

 

It’s time to visit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery’s Northland project space, located at 612 Northland Avenue. The Elmwood Avenue museum is closed until 2022, as it undoes major expansion, but that doesn’t mean programming stops. It continues, at this space, through public art projects, and in an art truck that will be rolling soon.

 

At Northland, in  a show entitled Open House: Domestic Threshholds by Heather Hart, Edra Soto, and Rodney Taylor, the three artists engage viewers with ideas of what constitutes “home.” Hart does it through creating a house, or at least the top of one, that viewers can climb and enter. This space will host performances, discussions, and community gatherings throughout the length of the exhibition. Soto presents a collection of liquor bottles (above) that she has picked up while walking her dog. In her hands, the bottles have become unrecognizably elegant. Visitors are welcome to adorn the cleaned-up vessels with cast-clay seashells.

 

Western New York-based artist Rodney Taylor contributes a series of mixed media paintings, loosely based on homes he sees near his Fillmore Avenue studio. The structural elements of these paintings highlight Taylor’s compelling use of painting media, built up in layers and managing to be ethereal and visceral at the same time.

 

Open House is on view starting January 17, with a reception at 5–7 p.m. and runs through April 12.

 

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