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Organic sculptures and drawings on view in Buffalo Arts Studio

Fotini Galanes and Jesse Walp, two Buffalo artists working in different media and with distinct motivations, each makes art in which the human hand is difficult to detect. Galanes’ entrancing pencil drawings of vaguely organic shapes are the result of hours of meticulous work, often done in public spaces. Walp’s sculptures, strange biomorphic entities hewn from wood that might have been dredged up from some primordial swamp, are equally if not even more labor-intensive.

But each artist’s work seems to exist only in terms of itself.

“I aim to imbue my work with life, as if it has grown into existence of its own volition,” Walp said of his sculptures. “With these curious, enticing, somewhat familiar forms, I hope to tap into the viewer’s innate bond with, and instinctive appreciation for, living things.”

The drawings Galanes produces similarly seem to have risen of their own volition.

Buffalo Arts Studio curator Cori Wolff wrote that Galanes’ visual style is “characterized by bulbous anthropomorphic forms connected flawlessly by whimsical lines, which dance with one another to create compositions that are at once repugnant and appealing.”

“Fotini Galanes: Subcutaneous” and “Jesse Walp: Life Forms” open with a reception and artist talks at 5 p.m. Friday in Buffalo Arts Studio (2495 Main St.) and run through March 22. Call 833-4450 or visit

—Colin Dabkowski

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