Dennis Maher: House of Collective Repair (2012–2013 Artist-in-Residence Exhibition)
Saturday, January 26–Sunday, May 12, 2013
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.
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.
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.
Artist-in-Residence Drop-in Art Activity: How Do I Get There From Here?
Friday, October 5, 2012, 5–7 pm
Artist-in-Residence Drop-in Art Activity: Tradespeople Are Artists Too!
Friday, November 2, 2012, 5–7 pm
Artist-in-Residence Drop-in Art Activity: The Magic of Transformation from Old to New
Friday, December 7, 2012, 5–7 pm
Artist-in-Residence Drop-in Art Activity
Friday, January 4, 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
Houses of Collective Embroidery (Education Exhibition)
January 8–February 3, 2013
Lesson Plan: Bundle Up! Thinking in Three Dimensions (Adaptable for Grades K–12)
Presentation: Introduction to Dennis Maher: House of Collective Repair
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
Related Lesson Plan
Bundle Up! Thinking in Three Dimensions