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AN OVERABUNDANCE OF DETAIL

Burchfield Penney Art Center

Charles Cary Rumsey Gallery   Sylvia L. Rosen Gallery for Fine Art in Craft Media

An Overabundance of Detail features artists who create intricate aesthetic experiences in a wide variety of mediums by focusing on minute variations and fluctuations in content and form. This commitment to detail borders on obsession in some works, while in others, it reveals the unique nature of the subjects presented.  Large-scale pieces entice from afar with rich patterns, but reveal precision when examined closely.

Luciano Benetton Collection Since studying illustration at Pratt Art Institute, Brooklyn, NY, and returning to her hometown in Buffalo, NY, Galanes worked as both illustrator and muralist. Her images have appeared in various publications, signage and over 25 mural installations, including a number in pediatric health care and learning facilities such as the Children’s and Woman’s Hospital and Fisher-Price and Ledgeview Elementary School, both in Bualo. While pursuing her career as a fine artist, she continues to work with art in pediatric facilities. She draws directly onto ground porcelain with a mechanical pencil, motivated by her fascination with textures, surfaces and human interaction. A number of these works are now in private collections, as well as the permanent collection of the Burchfield Penney Art Center, Buffalo, NY.

Block Club Fotini Galanes is a Buffalo-based artist whose beautifully intricate graphite drawings have been featured in the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the Burchfield Penney, Big Orbit Gallery and Studio Hart, to name a few. We had the privilege of sharing some colorful Galanes pieces in our own office for last summer’s BCM35 gallery. Fotini is passionate about using her talents to better her community, and in addition to the extensive mural work that brightens many local hospital halls, Fotini’s work has helped raise over seventy thousand dollars for local charities and artistic foundations since 1998.

Portrait Magazine "The joyful play of lines in Galanes's work recalls the intricate beauty of Baroque ornament. Where classicism sees beauty in the human figure, and romanticism celebrates the infinite's immanence in nature, Baroque art does not so much represent beautiful objects, as the sense of beauty without object. Like Baroque ornament, Galanes's work is, in this way, profoundly modern. Flaunting artistic mastery, extraordinary discipline, and meticulous attention to her own formal conventions, the monochromatic flora she draws out by pencil from a stone-like porcelain board mesmerizes the viewer with unnameable beauty. But Galanes's vine-like reliefs at once make disturbing reference to the bodily. The inviting play of lines repulse, when, from another aspect, we notice in their detail a semblance of contorted flesh, sinews, and bones. This (de)composition of bodies inside out thus referencing our own mortality, Galanes's works teeters strangely between the pure aesthetic experience and its conceptual decay -- without letting us down,"

 

Michael Halberstam, J.D. Ph.D.