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El Museo show explores cerebral work of 2 Buffalo artists

There is a stream-of-consciousness quality to the paintings and drawings of Kurt Von Voetsch and Robert Harris, whose work goes on view Sept. 1 in a dual exhibition in El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera.

Those viewing Von Voetsch or Harris' work for the first time might see its rudimentary execution as a flaw. But fans of these two prolific Buffalo artists understand the difference between a painting that is elementary and one that is elemental. And these artists' work is the latter, because it flows straight from their brains and onto paper and canvas without coming anywhere near art-school formalism.

"Their works appear crude at first glance, with their direct, raw gestures and an often 'unfinished' quality, but are brimming with intent, feeling, and sly wit," writes curator Bryan Lee in a release about the show. "They share an affinity for the grotesque, the uncanny, and the flat-out weird. Together, the works probe the messy lines between life and death, mind and body, memory and fantasy."

"Get Me Out of My Head": Opening reception at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 in El Museo Francisco Oller y Diego Rivera, 91 Allen St. It runs through Sept. 23. Call 464-4692 or visit

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