Actor David Drake performs as Tawny Heatherton in “ALTARd” at 1045 Gallery.
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Buffalo artists Susie Kelly Flatau and Thom Neill have teamed up to mount “ALTARd,” a group exhibition in 1045 Gallery (1045 Elmwood Ave., formerly ZGM Gallery) that explores shifting identity through the arts.

The show, which opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through Nov. 3, features abstract painting by Flatau, photography by Neill and several mixed media pieces. It’s all inspired by the idea of transformation, Neill said, and is meant to demonstrate the inevitable and sometimes painful way men and women endure change.

“The whole month is about journeys, the way people have changed, transition, losses, redemption,” Neill said. His photography series, which looks at the exploitation of the male body in advertising and other media, is in counterpoint to Flatau’s more abstract work.

The exhibition also will feature a performance from New York City-based actor and Obie award-winner David Drake, who will appear as his alter ego Tawny Heatherton at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12. According to a release, Drake’s performance will take audiences “on a journey through Tawny’s life as a road performer, her short stint on ‘Hee-Haw,’ her headline-grabbing turn as ‘Pyro Girl of Long Island’ and her abduction by aliens.”

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– Colin Dabkowski

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