Burchfield-Penney Art Center

Rockwell Hall, Buffalo State College

Buffalo, NY

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The Inanimate: 12 Artists on Still Life

The Inanimate: 12 Artists on Still Ltfe, on view February 7 through April 19, 1998 in the Center's North Gallery, features recent work by several Western New York artists who interpret the classic subject of the still life from different perspectives. The artists, selected by Center curator Gerald Mead, are Joseph Bergel, Mia Brownell, Stephen Caruana, Jennifer Formica, Donald Haug, Ruth Heintz, Cheryl Jackson, Lin Xia Jiang, Sara Kellner, Burke Paterson, Norine Spurling, and Patty Wallace.

Lin Xia Jiang, Yellow Rose with Egyptian Vase, 1997, oil on board, 24 x 30 inches, courtesy of the artist


An illustrated exhibition catalog, available at the Center's museum store, will include biographical profiles of the artists, illustrations of their work, and an essay by Dr. Arlette Klaric, assistant professor of design at Buffalo State College.

Burke Paterson (b. 1968), Roman Bronze Toaster, 1997, bronze, 11 x 15 x 8 1/2 inches, courtesy of the artist


The depiction of objects in art, often referred to as still life, is a subject that has a long tradition in the history of art. That tradition includes approaches which range from very realistic depictions known as trompe l'oeil or "fool the eye," to varying levels of abstraction. Contemporary artists continue to explore this subject, some recalling past styles, and some utilizing new technologies. The Inanimate: 12 Artists on Still Ltfe will present a wide range of nterpretations of the subject and include paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, and video.

This exhibition is the fourth in a series of biennial exhibitions sponsored by Wilson Greatbatch Ltd.'s Direct Community Action Program that promotes the creativity of emerging and under-recognized artists from the Western New York region. Based in Clarence, New York, Wilson Greatbatch Ltd. is the world's largest manufacturer of lithium batteries for use in implantable cardiac pacemakers.

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