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Buffalo Arts Studio shows explore identity through digital collage, photography

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.

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