“Blood and Iron,” a photograph of a Buffalo grain elevator by Erin Morris, is on view in the phone booth-sized art gallery in Hydraulic Hearth through July 31.
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Asked to name the single source of inspiration has exerted the most influence on Buffalo-area artists over the last 10 years, local art fans would answer unequivocally: the grain elevator.

And with good reason. For many, the hulking concrete structures that tower over the city’s industrial corridor are inexhaustible in their beauty – interior and exterior. Ditto for the rusted-out warehouses and post-industrial landscapes that even now remain largely untouched by Buffalo’s renaissance. That landscape is the inspiration for a new series of photographs by Erin Morris on view in Buffalo’s tiniest art space, the (716)GAL-LERY, housed in a vintage phone booth inside Larkinville’s Hydraulic Hearth restaurant (716 Swan St.).

“Her body of work explores the grain silos on Buffalo’s waterfront – from the gentle giants themselves, to the minutiae that reflects their storied past,” according to a release from the gallery. Her photographs work to capture the beauty contained in what was once an incredibly influential time in Buffalo’s history.”

In addition to Morris’ photographs, the show also serves as a kind of advertisement for the city’s industrial heritage. It features a video created by Morris on the history of the grain elevators. Visitors can listen to the audio portion of the video by picking up the phone receiver.

Morris will be in Hydraulic Hearth for a meet-and-greet from 6 to 8 p.m. May 20. Visit larkinsquare.com for more information.

- Colin Dabkowski

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