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Dennis Maher: House of Collective Repair (2012–2013 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition)

Saturday, January 26–Sunday, May 12, 2013

Installation view of Dennis Maher’s House of Collective Repair, 2012–13. Found objects, building materials, furniture, video, house models, and maps; dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photograph by Christina Cooke.

On View in the 1905 Albright Building

The Gallery’s 2012–2013 Artist in Residence—the local artist, educator, and architect Dennis Maher—has been exploring approaches to demolition, renovation, and restoration since 2003. Maher says, “I’m formulating a practice that combines art, architecture, and civic activism.” His work involves collecting discarded building materials from demolition sites and using them in the construction of new environments. 

Maher’s house on Fargo Avenue in Buffalo is a laboratory for these studies, a site of “continuous renovation inside and out that merges the imaginary with the real world.” He believes that everyone’s house is the site of a creative interaction between art and everyday life and feels that those who work with their own hands have a special connection to this knowledge.

Installation view of Dennis Maher’s House of Collective Repair, 2012–13. Photograph by Christina Cooke.

For his Artist-in-Residence project, House of Collective Repair, Maher invited local tradespeople into his house, shared his process with them, and asked them to create small house models using the materials of their trades.

These tradespeople are: 

  • Joaquin Aristizabal, Amecol Construction (Flooring)
  • Dan Farrell, Lost Cities Restorations (Windows and Doors)
  • Joe Galvin, Home Restoration Painting (Painting)
  • Jamillah Green, United Mechanical Contracting (Plumbing)
  • Dave Hill, Bricks, Sticks & Stones (Masonry)
  • Khallidah McQueen, Quality First (Weatherization)
  • Peter A. Szalay and Al Szalay, A&B Light Heat & Power (Electrical)
  • Chris Ziolkowski, Zee’s Property Services (Roofing)

Maher has incorporated their house models into an installation of his own work, which is on view in the special exhibition House of Collective Repair.

View Photos of the House Models and Hear about the Artists' Experiences 

Installation view of Dennis Maher’s House of Collective Repair, 2012–13. Photograph by Christina Cooke.

 
This exhibition is organized by Associate Curator of Education Nancy Spector.

The 2012–2013 Artist-in-Residence program is supported, in part, by generous donations from Margie and Sandy Nobel, Scott and Rachel Stenclik, and an anonymous donor.

Gallery admission is required to view this special exhibition on M&T FIRST FRIDAYS @ THE GALLERY


Related Events 

 
Artist-in-Residence Drop-in Art Activity: How Do I Get There From Here?
Friday, October 5, 2012, 5–7 pm 
View Photos

Artist-in-Residence Drop-in Art Activity: Tradespeople Are Artists Too!
Friday, November 2, 2012, 5–7 pm 
View Photos

Artist-in-Residence Drop-in Art Activity: The Magic of Transformation from Old to New
Friday, December 7, 2012, 5–7 pm 
View Photos

Artist-in-Residence Drop-in Art Activity
Friday, January 4, 2013, 5–7 pm 

Art’scool Educators’ Workshop: Bundle Up and Think in Three Dimensions
Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 4–7 pm
Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 4–7 pm

Members' Receptions
Friday, February 15, 2013, 5–7 pm
Thursday, February 21, 2013, 5–7 pm

UB School of Architecture and Planning Lecture:
"Precarity and Possibility: Re-Imagining Detroit and Buffalo"
With Dennis Maher and Andrew Herscher

Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 5:30 pm
Dennis Maher and University of Michigan Professor Andrew Herscher, whose essay is featured in the House of Collective Repair exhibition brochure, will be part of the UB Department of Architecture and Planning Spring 2013 Speakers Series. Learn More

Artist-in-Residence Family Workshop: Imagine Your Dream House
Saturday, March 23, 2013, 11 am–1 pm 

Artist-in-Residence Adult Workshops: Drawing in the House
Saturday, April 13, 2013, 10:15 am–noon
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10:15 am–noon
Saturday, April 27, 2013, 10:15 am–noon


Related Exhibition

 
Houses of Collective Embroidery
(Education Exhibition)
January 8–February 3, 2013


Related Lesson Plan and Presentation

 
Lesson Plan: Bundle Up! Thinking in Three Dimensions (Adaptable for Grades K–12)

Presentation: Introduction to Dennis Maher: House of Collective Repair


Related News

 
American Craft Council Article about the Exhibition
Buffalo Rising Article about Joe Galvin
Buffalo Spree Article about Dan Farrell
Buffalo News Article featuring Chris Ziolkowski


Audio

  • Floor Refinisher Joaquin Aristizabal

  • Floor Refinisher Joaquin Aristizabal (In Spanish)

  • Window/Door Restorer Dan Farrell

  • Painter Joe Galvin

  • Plumber Jamillah Green

  • Mason Dave Hill

  • Weatherization Expert Khallidah McQueen

  • Electricians Peter A. Szalay and Al Szalay

  • Roofer Chris Ziolkowski

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