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Opening Reception: Southern Tier Biennial Solo Exhibition

, New York City | Arts & Culture

The 2015 Southern Tier Biennial (STB) Best of Show Winner solo show, “Wayne Claypatch, Out of the Frying Pan,” opens at Olean Public Library, Thursday, September 22 with a reception from 6-8pm and Artist talk. STB exhibitions celebrate the vitality and diversity of contemporary art in the Southern Tier region and Wayne Claypatch represents the best of what contemporary art can be. Described by STB Jurors John Massier and Bleu Cease as fun, weird, well-executed, nimble, remarkable and well-painted, Wayne Claypatch’s work is not to be missed. Jurors John Massier, Visual Arts Curator at Hallwalls in Buffalo and Bleu Cease, Executive Director and Curator at the Rochester Contemporary Art Center, awarded Claypatch Best of Show. Massier described one of Claypatch’s paintings as “. . . a cheeky pop culture portrait, unabashed about its high octane hokum. Almost aggressively cheeky. But in person, all the hand-wrought painterly aspects leap out at you. There’s a delirious and beautiful lunacy to Claypatch’s precise and acute paint strokes. Not all apparent at a distance or in reproduction, up close, the entire surface of the work turns hallucinogenic in the best possible way. There’s a wild sense of abstraction hiding in plain view among the pictorial and figurative, but it’s an abstraction that suggests an obsessive level of control. It would have been a fine painting if done with a flat technique and would have looked like what we thought it looked like when we originally juried it. It’s compositionally astute, it’s strange and funny, but it’s the hyperactive, stylized manner in which it’s painted that elevates it into another space.” Juror Cease was equally impressed and amused by Claypatch’s work saying, “Terry McDonald has written that Wayne Claypatch's work is "FUN" and "(his) outright skills are incomparable". To this I have to add WEIRD.  Claypatch's paintings are SO weird and wonderful and well-painted, all in balance. After the skill and the chuckles, beyond the pure visual pleasure and the quirkiness, the stories and thinking behind these works keep me coming back for more.” The opening reception with refreshments is free and open to the public from 6-8pm at the Art Gallery in the Olean Public Library, 134 North 2nd St., Olean. The Southern Tier Biennial is presented by the Cattaraugus County Arts Council, Olean Public Library and Cattaraugus Region Community Foundation and made possible by an endowment from the estate of F. Donald Kenney. The show will be on exhibit in the library gallery through October 28. For more information please visit www.southerntierbiennial.com. See more of Wayne Claypatch’s work at http://wclaypatch.com Source and image source: http://enchantedmountains.com


Event Details

    Sept. 22, 2016 - Sept. 22, 2016
    06:00 PM - 08:00 PM