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Hotel Henry Celebrates its First Full Year of Resource:Art Installations

Resource Art Winter Show

 

INTRODUCING A DYNAMIC NEW EXHIBITION
FEATURING 5 WESTERN NEW YORK ARTISTS.

“The Corridors Gallery at Hotel Henry, A Resource:Art Project” on the second floor of the hotel has officially begun its second full year of programming! The first show of the 2019 season and the fifth in Resource:Art’s overall series of exhibition programming, will open Second Friday, December 14th. This event has been organized to coincide with Hotel Henry’s Art Walk, showcasing the evolving contemporary art program throughout 180,000 square feet of historic spaces. The exhibition, featuring solo installations by five artists, opens with a public reception 5:30 – 7:30 pm on the second floor of the hotel.

For the Winter Show, Resource:Art (R:A) selected work by Charles Clough, Pam Glick, Jody Hanson, Joseph Piccillo, and Jeffrey Vincent. When establishing and branding their gallery space, the art consultancy identified six unique areas within the second floor of Hotel Henry, which are treated as solo exhibition opportunities. One of the most unique challenges the company faces is whose work to hang in the nearly 20-foot stair wells leading up to the second floor and hotel registration. Past iterations have included monumental works on paper by Ani Hoover and a site specific 16-foot tall nylon “banner painting” by Berkshires-based artist Reed Anderson.  For the Winter Show, R:A selected large scale enamel painted canvases by Charles Clough. The vibrant colors of the abstract action paintings created by one of Buffalo’s most iconic artists are the perfect addition to the abundant holiday programming taking place at the Hotel Henry.

After entering the second floor through the historic stairwell, visitors will find themselves in the Lounge with a solo exhibition of photography by artist Jody Hanson. The artist splits her time between Buffalo and New York City. This exhibition features images of patterns in and on the sidewalks of Manhattan. Hanson explains:

“During an evening walk in early Spring I discovered a group of street trees outside Lincoln Center. The trees were just beginning to bud and the shadows I found to be beautifully intriguing. To me, the shadows reference the simple branch patterns and cropping of Japanese woodblock prints. I appreciate Ukiyo-e woodblock prints for their simple and poetic presentation of nature. Later in the season, I returned to the same spot to observe and photograph the shadows again, now with fully fleshed out branches.”

Each of the two vast corridors of hotel rooms on the second floor are perfect for more in depth exhibitions. The hallways themselves are as wide as whole rooms of traditional galleries. The astounding width coupled with high ceilings and incredible light create a space begging for the presence of fine art. For the Winter Show, R:A has curated extensive exhibitions by both Joseph Piccillo and Pam Glick. Installed in the West Wing Guest Room Corridor are Joseph Piccillo’s skillful realizations of horses and figures in motion. Piccillo employs his signature technique in the modest media of charcoal and graphite to create powerful, and dramatic renderings, breathtaking in their scale and mastery. On the opposite side of the Hotel in the East Wing R:A is featuring the work of contemporary painter Pam Glick. The installation focuses on Glick’s most recent series titled Why Do Girls Love Horses?- a recent departure from her Niagara Falls themed oeuvre. Glick’s bright, bold, often gestural abstractions that feature ribbons of color that dip and dive, twist and turn giving a palpable energy, and in stark contrast, to the whiteness of the guestroom corridor.

In addition to the more straightforward exhibition spaces of the hotel, are two light dappled curved “connector” spaces.  These unique walkways bridge the main center of the hotel to each wing of guest rooms. While R:A usually chooses two unique artists for these spaces, in this Winter iteration, the consultancy has chosen to focus on one artist (Jeffrey Vincent) who will have paintings from two distinct series on view.  Vincent’s recent paintings in both series reference contemporary folklore and modern visual narratives.  His complex compositions are one half imaginary landscapes and one half woven canvas with figural accents.    

The exhibition is free to the public and will remain on view through March 18th. The work is viewable during the hotel’s business hours. Please check in at the second floor reception desk and then feel free to roam the spaces at your will. Extended information on each piece can be found using the handy QR code present on the accompanying labels. As in any gallery exhibition, all of the work presented is available for acquisition through R:A. Hotel Henry’s museum-quality walls, vast spaces, and dedication to community collaboration align naturally with Resource:Art, a unique partnership that brings together the talents of three independent WNY gallerists: Anna Kaplan (Anna Kaplan Contemporary), Elisabeth Samuels (Indigo Art) and Emily Tucker (Jinxie Tucker, Benjaman Gallery). For more information on The Corridors Gallery at Hotel Henry, please contact Resource:Art at info@resourceartny.com.

 

ABOUT THE ARTISTS & CURATORS

ABOUT PAM GLICK

Pam Glick was formally trained at the Rhode Island School of Design where she received a BA in painting. Glick was widely exhibited during the 1980s and 1990s, most notably in New York City with solo shows at Ramnerine Gallery (Long Island City), White Columns and Wolff Gallery as well as a solo show at Michael Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles. Glick’s work has also been included in important group shows alongside works by artists such as Jean Michele Basquiat, George Condo and Christopher Wool and in 2016 Glick had a solo exhibition at White Columns, NY. Glick’s work is a part of many collections, both public and private, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Burchfield Penney Art Center, M&T Bank, Eli Broad Foundation and Citi Bank.nationally and internationally, and is included in the collection of many museums and collections worldwide., including the Slovak National Gallery, Bratislava,The City Gallery of Bratislava-Mirbach Palace,Slovakia,the Gregg Museum of Art & Design, Raleigh North Carolina,,the Racine Art Museum, Wisconsin, The Moravian Art & Craft Museum, Czech Republic, and The Burchfield Penney Art Center, among others.

 

ABOUT CHARLES CLOUGH

Charles Clough was born in Buffalo, NY. He established his studio in 1971 and co-founded Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center with Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman in Buffalo in 1974. His art has been exhibited in over 60 solo and over 150 group exhibitions throughout North America and Europe and is included in the permanent collections of over 70 museums. Clough studied at the Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY from 1969-70, and the following year studied at the Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Ontario, Canada from 1971-72. He furthered his studies at University at Buffalo, Center for Media Studies from 1973-74 and later at the New York University, Information Technologies Institute, NYC from 1997-98. He taught at Columbia University, NYC in 1981 and also at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI in 2008. Clough determined in 1976 that his life project would be to make “the photographic epic of a painter as a film or a ghost” which he refers to as “pepfog” and describes in Pepfog Clufff.

 

ABOUT JODY HANSON

Jody Hanson was born in 1969 in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois and currently lives and works in between Buffalo and New York, NY.  She received a BFA in Silversmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University and continued her education to earn an MFA from the University of Illinois. Upon completing her formal education she moved to New York City to work as an art installer at several of the foremost contemporary art venues. In 1997, she moved to a studio in the artist enclave known as Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It was at that juncture that she abandoned her work as a silversmith to explore new materials and forms of art making.

 

ABOUT JOSEPH PICCILLO

Joseph Piccillo received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Art Education at the State University College at Buffalo, where  he has been an inspirational professor, notably having Robert Longo as a student who continued in Piccillo’s tradition of creating large scale drawings in charcoal. Piccillo’s work has been exhibited extensively across the U.S. and for many years was represented by the Betsy Rosenfield Gallery in Chicago. Grants and awards include a purchase award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, 4 SUNY Research Fellowships, CAPS Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts. Among publications, his art was reviewed by Reagan Upshaw in Art in America in 1980 and by Grace Glueck for the New York Times in 1984. His work has been shown nationally and in Belgium, England, and Switzerland. He had solo exhibitions in the Burchfield Penney Art Center and Albright-Knox Art Gallery to great acclaim. A recent partial list of collectors includes 18 public collections, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Brooklyn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, and Albright-Knox Art Gallery; and 29 corporate collections, such as IBM, Bank of America, General Mills, American Express, Ralph Lauren, Guess? Jeans, and Microsoft.

 

ABOUT JEFFREY VINCENT

Jeffrey Vincent is a multidisciplinary artist, currently based in Buffalo New York, best known for his drawing and painting. In addition to his studio practice, Vincent has worked in diverse fields in the arts including; teaching, theater set design and construction, gallery preparation, graphic design and illustration.  Vincent has shown nationally in venues such as Hallwalls, Buffalo New York; The Albright Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York; Ghost Print Gallery, Richmond, Virginia; Charles Banks Gallery New York New York, and (e)merge in Washington, DC. Vincent received a Bachelors of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland Ohio and  a Masters of Fine Arts at the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

 

ABOUT RESOURCE:ART

RESOURCE:ART art consultancy group is a unique collaboration that brings together the talents of three independent Western New York gallerists: Anna Kaplan (Anna Kaplan Contemporary), Elisabeth Samuels (Indigo Art) and Emily Tucker (Benjaman Contemporary). Kaplan, Samuels and Tucker each have extensive curatorial experience and professional relationships with artists working in a wide range of media, including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, fiber and mixed media works. RESOURCE:ART also manages the execution of site-specific fine art and considers every project as a unique collaboration between the artist and the site, navigating aesthetic, formal, and functional concerns. RESOURCE:ART recently completed a large project with Delaware North Companies and is currently working with Cannon Design on several local projects. www.resourceartny.com for more information.

 

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