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Splitting Light: Art for color's sake

"Future Set" by John Knuth

Photo courtesy of the artist and the presenting organization


An evocative exploration of the formal value of color in contemporary art takes place at the newly reopened University at Buffalo Art Gallery this fall. 

The exhibition includes commissioned works by three artists—Shiva Aliabadi, Amanda Browder and Erin Curtis. Browder’s large-scale Prismatic Illusions has been on view at UB Anderson Gallery, but moves to UB Art Gallery for the opening on September 24. Another offsite work, Sam Falls’ Untitled (Thermochromatic Bench), is on display in the North Campus’s Davis Hall.

According to UBAG’s recently appointed curator, Rachel Adams, much-needed renovations to the Center for the Arts allow more light in the galleries, creating an even more spectacular viewing experience in UBAG’s Lightwell Gallery. Given the important relationship between color and light, this is an ideal exhibition to take advantage of better natural light exposure. Adams also explains that color is not only a perceivable idea, but also a medium in and of itself. Extending beyond the traditional use of color in painting, each artist in the exhibition explores the effect color has on both mood and space and how color acts as a structural entity. This show is a very welcome reintroduction to the North Campus’s  art galleries, which have been unavailable for months, and a good opportunity to experience the aesthetic viewpoints of a new Western New York curator. Splitting Light is on view September 24–January 10, 2016, with an opening reception September 24, 5–7p.m. 



Elizabeth Licata is Spree's editor-in-chief.

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