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Nicholas Buffon

Opening: Sunday, June 1, 6–8pm

June 1 – 29, 2014

A photograph of the gallery interior with the window at left. On the white wall, starting at the window: a small traffic sign; a 3D sculpture of a yellow building facade, a small brown bag. In front of the window is a white bench with 3 small paper trees at right on the bench.
A photograph of a white wall with a streetlamp made of paper. There is a small rainbow on the wall at the bottom-left.
A photograph of the gallery wall: there is a paper streetlamp at left, and a small grey fence on the mini wall at right.
A view of the whole gallery from the back of the room. At the front is the large square window. On the left wall are 2 sculptural facades of buildings; on the right walls (starting closest to the viewer) is a grey fence out of paper, a streetlamp.
A photograph of a small blue recycling bag with cans in it at left; at right is a facade of 49 Delancey Street with it's shutters down.
A photograph of the gallery with a facade at left. Further down the wall is another small street sign, contents illegible.
A photograph of the 3 paper trees upon a small white bench.The sun is shining upon them.
A photograph of the facade of the building that housed Callicoon Fine Arts in Callicoon, NY, made from foam core and paper. It is a yellow building with green trim and doors. There is an Italian restaurant on the first floor.
A photograph of the facade of the building that housed Callicoon Fine Arts in Callicoon, NY, made from foam core and paper. It is a yellow building with green trim and doors. There is an Italian restaurant on the first floor.
A photograph of the facade of the building that housed Callicoon Fine Arts in Callicoon, NY, made from foam core and paper. This is a close-up: it is a yellow building with green trim and doors. There is an Italian restaurant on the first floor.
A 3d sculpture of an entire building in New York City. There is a fire escape that is green running up 4 stories. There is a ground floor commercial business with the shutters down.
A sculpture of a facade of a building in New York City. The facade is mostly metal, and we find the sidewalk out front. The storefront is shuttered.
A cast-iron gate in miniature, installed on the wall.
A small clear blue trash bag with miniature cans and bottle inside of it. The bag is hung on the wall.
A streetlamp in miniature, hung on the wall.
A bike chained to a pole. The bike is red, and missing the front wheel. The sculpture is hung on the wall.
A photograph of an oak tree made from paper. It is three-dimensional with green leaves in varied patterns. The sculpture is hung on the wall, but can be stood up.
A barren maple tree made of paper. The work is hung on the wall but has a foundation so it can stand independently as well.
A ficus tree with abstract green leaves, mostly large circles with a variety of green tones. The work can be stood on a surface but here is hung on the wall.

Press Release

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.

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