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Anna Kaplan Contemporary opens with new work by Amanda Besl

In 2014, the Buffalo curator Anna Kaplan opened a sleek, white-walled gallery space in a former warehouse and started building a stable of artists with national potential.

This week, her renovated gallery will reopen in the same location under the name Anna Kaplan Contemporary. Its inaugural show will feature new paintings by Amanda Besl, a gifted Buffalo painter and art teacher whose meticulous works place everyday objects and activities in front of unusual lenses.

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Besl's new series, represented in an exhibition titled "I'll Try Not to Breathe," shows garden clippings and detritus as viewed through a clear, plastic bag. The title of the show, as well as the concept of the paintings, is borrowed from a song by rock band R.E.M.

"The plastic provides a temporary answer and is visually intoxicating. It appears to preserve, but eventually suffocates," Besl wrote in her enigmatic artist statement. "We cannot keep everything exactly the same. This is a sorrow of life: that it is in a constant flux."

"Amanda Besl: I'll Try Not to Breathe": Opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 8 in Anna Kaplan Contemporary, 1250 Niagara St., and runs through Oct. 7. An artist talk is at 6 p.m. Sept. 28. Call 604-6183 or visit annakaplancontemporary.art.

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