Two exhibitions opening Friday in Buffalo Arts Studio (2495 Main St., Suite 500) explore the meaning of identity, each by strikingly different means.
In Stacey Robinson’s show “Binary ConScience,” a collection of digital collages that fuse often disturbing images of black oppression and pop culture references with a brash, illustrative style, was motivated by the ideas of activist and author W.E.B. Du Bois.
Robinson’s exhibition “considers the complexity of cultural Black exploitation through a variety of mediums including comic books, ‘reality’ television and the music industry,” according to a release from Buffalo Arts Studio. “His work illustrates the conflicts of integration, unresolved slavery, and incomplete emancipation. It also offers hope.”
Also opening Friday is “Assemblage” by Megan Conley, a presentation of photography and mixed-media works inspired by Conley’s “personal experiences dealing with her own facial and dental deformity that required a decadelong correction process that is still ongoing.” “Through her art,” according to a release, “she publicly reveals a private experience that was strongly influenced by societal pressures to conform to narrow constructs of acceptability, desirability, and beauty.”
Both exhibitions open with a reception at 5 p.m. Friday and run through May 2. Call 883-4450 or visit buffaloartsstudio.org.