WHAT: "The Emerging Artist Exhibition" and "Expose Yourself: 2001 Members' Exhibition."
WHEN: Opens with a reception from 5:30 to 9:30 tonight and continues through April 13
WHERE: CEPA Gallery, 617 Main St.
Eons ago - before video was considered art, before the digital revolution, before artists started making photographs the size of Sistine Chapel murals, before installation artists began adding photographic objects - photography was a relatively simple thing. No more. CEPA Gallery has followed closely the ever-expanding range of contemporary photography, and the shows opening tonight in the downtown gallery may just cover the entire gamut.
"Expose Yourself," the annual members' exhibition, will be bigger than ever, drawing 91 artists working in various ways from all over the country. "The Emerging Artist Exhibition" will feature two Buffalo artists, one working in photography in the old sense and the other who uses photography solely to document a group of found objects presented in a situation that is part sculptural presentation, part scientific display. Olenka Bodnarskyj's exhibition "Tato" was assembled from photographs taken of her father in his last days of his life at a hospice. Brian Collier presents an installation consisting of a collection of stones, roots and other objects found buried in a given section of earth arranged to emphasize their aesthetic qualities. If that's not enough variety, there's also Frank Miller's "Reliquary of Desire" in the Flux Gallery and outside, in the storefront space called Window on Main Street, Pamela Hawkins' three-channel video installation, "Water."