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UB Art Gallery explores artists’ use of color, from 10 angles

For many artists in all media, color is one of many crucial ingredients. But for some, color is the medium itself.

Work by 10 such artists will go on view in the University at Buffalo Art Gallery on UB’s North Campus in Amherst on Thursday in “Splitting Light,” a show designed to highlight artists whose work “explores the effect color has on both mood and space” and “how color acts as a structural entity.”

Visitors to the gallery will be greeted with an installation of fabric panels in the Lightwell Gallery in UB’s Center for the Arts by Brooklyn-based artist Amanda Browder, who created the panels as part of a series of interactive sewing sessions recently held in the UB Anderson Gallery. Elsewhere, students and gallerygoers will encounter a thermochromatic bench by Sam Falls, which changes color in response to the warmth of human posteriors.

The gallery features a range of projects that employ photography, video, sculpture, craft art and light-based installations with a common goal, as curator Rachel Adams writes, of demonstrating that “color is not only a perceivable idea, but also a medium in and of itself.”

The show opens with a reception at 5 p.m. Thursday and runs through Jan. 10. The gallery’s second floor also hosts “Selections from the Department of Art Senior Thesis Exhibition,” featuring work by Austin Laughlin, Kelly Magee, Amber Sliter and Susanna Vaupen. Call 645-0568 or visit ubartgalleries.org.

– Colin Dabkowski

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