Artist/chef collaboration makes Hallwalls' studio visit a win win


Hallwalls, Buffalo’s internationally recognized contemporary arts showcase, invites you to join them for a special evening on Wednesday, April 2.


The organization’s recent series of events allowing a small number of guests exclusive access to the studios of local artists includes next week’s installment, a rare opportunity to see Kyle Butler’s workspace.


Butler, who was recently profiled in the March issue of Buffalo Spree,  says that he is “seeking order in a context of disorder.” He succeeds in creating masterful paintings with sculptural impact. The works initially present as off-the-cuff abstractions; in fact, they are meticulously planned. Butler's current exhibition, Mortality Tantrums, can be seen at Hallwalls through May 2, and includes both pencil drawings and sculptural constructions. All the work is notable for its intelligent use of negative space, its formal mystery, and its dynamic confidence.


The April 2 event will give guests a very personal glimpse inside the working space of this young, up-and-coming artist.


Chef Edward Forster of The Workshop will augment the evening with a menu of items inspired by specific Butler works. Additionally, a signature cocktail by Tony Rials (winner of Spree's Best of WNY 2013’s Best Mixologist mantle) and a small-batch beer created by Community Beer Works in collaboration with chef Forster will also be served.


Forster has transformed WNY’s underground dining scene with The Workshop’s thoughtful and often daring pop-ups (see coverage of a few past events here and here), and Wednesday’s event is certain to maintain, if not exceed, that standard.


Those who love art, food (or both) would be wise to consider attending, as two artists from very different mediums showcase their craft in an intimate and inspired setting.


The menu and links to the works of art that inspired it are below.


“Miasmal” (image 3)

Baby Gem lettuce hearts streaked with black garlic, parma ham and cheese dust


“A Little Much” (image 9)

Raw, pickled, sliced, and roasted vegetables with fruits, grains, herbs and flowers, dressed with yoghurt


“Leisurely Confronting the Abyss” (video)

White cauliflower bisque with a punch of charred eggplant, aggressive yoghurt with pomegranite


“Out of quarters, and don’t ask about my kids college fund” (images 1 and 2)

Stoic cubes of barley rubbed beef, community beer works’ alegar, pearl barley, and crispy potato



Tickets for the studio visit and small plate cocktail hour are $75 (cocktails, beer, and wine included). All proceeds go to supporting Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. Further details regarding the event can be found here.




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