Monster 3.0: 464 to host two-floor bash
blog by Ben Tsujimoto • October 15, 2013 @ 6:23am
It’s tough to top a party where the greeter is an oarfish.
464’s Monster 3.0 will present monsters creepy and cute, large and small from 6 to 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 at the gallery residing at 464 Amherst St., Buffalo. Let’s face it—the buzzed, single-horn fellow on the right probably won’t make the cut for the Halloween-themed event.
There’s no admission price listed on the Facebook event or 464’s website for the opening, but the Black Market Food Truck will be on-site to serve food, and drinks will be available for purchase. The exhibition will run through Nov. 3.
Gallery owner Marcus Wise isn’t discriminant when it comes to monsters—but fortunately guest juror Craig LaRotonda has been invited to evaluate the collection that includes multimedia takes on imagined monsters—furry and cheerful or dark, slimy and cantankerous.
Given his work, the juror appears to be a terrific choice to grace the gallery—not only because of his Buffalo roots, but also his subject matter:
Currently working as a professional painter, illustrator, and sculptor, Craig divides his time between each endeavor. His paintings and sculptures incorporate mixed media and aging techniques, ultimately creating surreal figurative works with a dark narrative and a grotesque elegance. His distorted creatures are subjects captured in a timeless space; surviving the brutality and beauty of existence.
Take the display art in the gallery’s window as an example for what to expect. The creation of Tara Sasiadek portrays the oarfish, a rare deep-sea creature that’s the longest known bony fish in the world (up to 56 feet).
Even though the one found yesterday in Catalina, Calif., was only measured at 18 feet in length, it still took 20 people to lug it about and delivered a sense of shock and awe.
Two chances to see live painting will be draw of Monster 3.0, too, as Vinny Alejandro will construct a garage painting during the opening—not far from the outdoor projection of AVDJ Projex—while Thomas Webb produces an indoor painting.
(Header photo courtesy of 464 while internal photo of monster is via Flickr / Teo Brito. Oarfish photo is from bigfishesoftheworld.com)