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Megan Greene, Esther Neisen, and Balint Zsako: Three Solo Exhibitions
Megan Greene, Esther Neisen, and Balint Zsako: Three Solo Exhibitions

Please join us Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 7-10 p.m. for a free public reception to celebrate the opening of three solo exhibitions featuring new work by Chicago-based drawing/collage artist Megan Greene, Buffalo-based mixed media artist Esther Neisen, and Brooklyn-based painter Balint Zsako.

Artist talks @ 7 p.m.

Live bossa nova by Christian Campos @ 8-10 p.m.
Complimentary refreshments and cash bar.
Exhibition runs through March 10, 2012.


"My current body of work includes drawing/collages built using Audubon bird prints. I am interested in 'Birds of America' as canonical Americana, a 19th century documentary series I re-conceive with contemporary concerns. In each piece, I scrap the Audubon for parts, transforming the found organic forms with colored pencil and collage. These transformations, borrowing from the tradition of the grotesque, involve the disassembly, elaboration, and subsuming of birds and their environs with pattern, abstract forms, and found imagery. In some works, the Audubon forms are gently elaborated, while in others the bird is dissolved entirely. I use collage as a Dada-like force that is alternately seamless and disruptive. Such treatment of surface, including shifts between drawn v. photographic and representational v. abstract, further reflects my interest in hybridization."


"My current body of work is part uncontrollable obsession with detail, part fascination with inner mechanics, and part a simple childhood love of nature.
I have always been in love with the natural world. As a lonely child in a rural area I spent many a long hour watching the living creatures around me, enraptured with how they moved and how they were built. I am particularly partial to insects when it comes to creating work because the mythology and urban legends that surround them due to misunderstanding and fear is fascinating and lends itself perfectly as a representation or metaphor for various aspects of psychology. The salvaged filmstrips and materials I use as my medium loan themselves aesthetically to creating believable and mostly representational renderings of arachnids and insects, which I carefully select based on their natures or the perception of their natures. Even though research and a pencil schematic--which serves as a final blueprint--are both part of the process, it still remains an organic one that affords me plenty of room to adapt and adjust as I see fit. It is a process with which I find myself entirely content. Learning as I work is the greatest motivator, no matter what it is I am learning, and the small moments of discovery while problem solving are where I find my happiness."


"With these paintings I want to distill as many disparate aspects of contemporary art into works on paper as possible. Everything from the physical theatre of Performance Art, to the process-based nature of Land Art, to the meticulous balance of Geometric Abstraction is referenced. But just as importantly, sex, mythology, bodily functions and primitive narratives are the themes that animate these works. Physical distortions serve as parallels to psychological states and mechanical appendages recall the conflict between the organic and the industrial. These open-ended stories, which are most often dark and complex, are rendered in lively bright colours and meticulous detail to add another layer of contrast between the visual, the narrative, and the conceptual."



For more information, please contact:

Cori Wolff, Artistic Director

Buffalo Arts Studio

2495 Main Street, Suite 500

Buffalo, NY 14214

(716) 833-4450 x10




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