Opening Reception: Friday October 11, 6-9pm
On view: October 11-November 16, 2019
Exhibition Hours: by appointment
Contact: Dana Tyrrell, Curator, firstname.lastname@example.org | Argus Gallery 716.882.8100
Argus Gallery: 1896 Niagara Street, Buffalo, NY 14207
Argus Gallery is pleased to announce Umpteen, an exhibition featuring the work of Buffalo artist Ann Moody. Curated by Dana Tyrrell, Moody’s solo exhibition explores the invisible art of labor, made manifest through quilts, tapestries and wall hangings.
Moody’s intensely personal and laborious process is present within every stitch of their artwork; with materials culled from their own environment and up-cycled from second-hand stores, the artwork within Umpteen repurposes the cast-offs from fast fashion, craft rooms, and linen closets to make evident the excesses within textile production and the ubiquity of consumer culture.
By highlighting these practices and tenets of capitalist culture and harnessing them as tools of creative labor, Moody moves the conversation from union halls to the white walls of the gallery space. In so doing, the artist not only beseeches us to pause before these bespoke works of art, but also implores us to consider our place within the consumptive/productive narrative. Moody’s own labor in producing these works parallels the labor of those from whom the scraps and pieces within this work are derived.
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Ann Moody is an artist living and working in Buffalo, NY. They were born and raised in Alabama and received a BFA in printmaking from the University of Montevallo in Alabama. After graduating and being confronted with the severe underfunding of the arts in Alabama and the lack of support for queer people, Moody moved to Buffalo and received a MFA from University at Buffalo. They have remained in Western New York after building an accepting, supportive community for themselves within the Buffalo arts scene.
Artist website: http://cargocollective.com/annmoody
ABOUT THE CURATOR: Dana Tyrrell is an artist, curator, and writer from Buffalo, NY. Past curatorial efforts include exhibits with the Benjaman Gallery Group, Sugar City Art Gallery, and Dreamland Art Gallery, among others. His artwork has been shown throughout Western New York, including solo exhibits with Canisius College (2019), Castellani Art Museum (2017), and Dreamland Art Gallery (2015). His arts writing and criticism has appeared in Buffalo Rising and Cornelia.
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