Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Central Library
In association with the exhibition Shade: Clyfford Still / Mark Bradford, participating students at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts examined the studio process and social art practice of acclaimed contemporary artist Mark Bradford to develop inspiration for their own class project. Students investigated themes surrounding Buffalo’s neighborhoods and urban renewal, local environmental issues, and perceived overall quality of life in our city. Class discussions explored personal reflections on community and student aspirations for the future. The result, a five-panel mural titled Five Buffalos, addresses these topics through the lens of student experience as a means to highlight their wish that all of Buffalo’s residents experience our city’s rejuvenation.
After a month at the Central Library, Five Buffalos, 2016, will be on view at Buffalo Arts Studio beginning August 1, 2016.