Callicoon Fine Arts is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by Nicholas Buffon at 124 Forsyth Street, our final exhibition at that location. Using only paper, foam core, paint, and glue, Buffon creates scaled-down likenesses of the buildings that have housed the gallery since it was founded in the New York town of Callicoon in May of 2009. The exhibition dates are June 1 to June 29, 2014, with an opening reception on Sunday, June 1st from 6 to 8pm.
These humble yet highly detailed paper constructions represent the gallery’s buildings either in their entirety or in part, and as they appeared just before the gallery moved into them. Sometimes shuttered, boarded up, with the rolling gates lowered, the buildings are brought to life in these works that represent the gallery storefront and the classic Lower East Side tenement building that contained it, as well as the modest building that housed the gallery upstate. With these poignant works, Buffon traces the gallery’s history, but without representing the gallery itself, choosing instead to focus on the myriad details — like fire escapes, air conditioners, nineteenth century architectural ornamentation and signage for other businesses — that lend each of these locations their specific character.
Nicholas Buffon, a painter and performer, was born in 1987 in Seattle, Washington, and lives in Brooklyn, NY. He attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Boston MA (BFA, 2008) and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College, Annandale-on Hudson, NY (MFA, 2011). Buffon will be having a solo show at Freddy, Baltimore, MD, this Fall. His work was included in Art on Paper 2010: The 41st Exhibition at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC, as well as in group exhibitions at The Hole, Foxy Production, Shoot The Lobster, all NY, and at QT Gallery, Chicago, among other galleries. He has performed many times since 2007 including at Mount Tremper Arts, NY and at the 10th OPEN International Performance Festival in Beijing.