Every year, the University at Buffalo Visual Studies and Media Studies departments pump out a couple dozen or so masters students, who then go their own separate paths to create art they hope will challenge our perceptions about the world. Now, in "Being Absent" at Artspace (1219 Main St.), many of those paths will converge in an exhibition of the work of 19 recent graduates of the UB masters in fine arts programs.
Don't mistake this as a student show, though. There are several artists who've already gained significant reputations for their exhibitions here and elsewhere, including "Beyond/In Western New York" participants Chris Barr, Insoon Ha and others, along with Geoffrey Alan Rhodes and the show's Korean-born curator, Soyeon Jung, whose film "Two Floorplans" is represented above.
The show opens with a reception at 7 tonight and runs through Nov. 15, when the participating artists will give short speeches about their works accompanied by slides in a "Pecha Kucha" night at Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (341 Delaware Ave.).
-- Colin Dabkowski