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At BT&C Gallery, three artists chase after the impossible

Three artists’ separate quests after ideas and phenomena far greater than themselves will converge in an exhibition opening Thursday in the Body of Trade and Commerce Gallery (1285 Niagara St.). In “Chasm,” mammoth paintings by the late Buffalo abstract artist John E. Drummer will hang alongside geometric depictions of Niagara Falls by Pam Glick and panels overlaid with ceramic tiles by Joe Bochynski.

Though each of the artists employs radically different means and methods, their work is united by an attempt to “rationalize something greater than us,” according to a release from gallery director Anna Kaplan.

Many of Drummer’s imposing paintings, which seem to speak of impossibly dark ideas and emotions, are made from vast expanses of stretched, dyed and otherwise manipulated rubber that has often been covered with thick layers of dirt, tar and gravel. Glick’s paintings, by contrast, attempt to explore the “stillness, motion, color, repetition and mystery” of Niagara Falls and the similarly powerful effect of static words. And Bochynski’s tile-on-panel pieces, which seem to have been salvaged from some suburban bathroom, are, as Kaplan writes, a “commentary about our relationship to the mundane.”

The exhibition opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Thursday and runs through Oct. 16. Call 604-6183 or visit

– Colin Dabkowski

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