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blog by Ben Tsujimoto  • 

Block Club, the Buffalo-based progressive design and creative studio, will throw a release party for Issue 31: Quality/Quantity.

From 6 to 10 p.m. Friday at its main office, 731 Main St., Buffalo, Block Club will collaborate with Western New York Book Arts Center for an artwork exhibit from the most recent issue and to invite readers and the locally-concerned to relax while enjoying music, food and stimulating conversation. The event is free to attend.

Now in its fifth year of existence, Block Club produces a quarterly magazine, aids local businesses with design projects and launches projects like City Dining Cards to stimulate the Buffalo economy. The current issue attacks the divide between quality and quantity, an age-old topic that still confronts us daily.

In an email from Block Club’s Ben Siegel, the editor explained that the Quality/Quantity issue encompasses varying viewpoints from prominent Western New Yorkers on the same topic—whether the quality of work trumps the quantity of what’s completed.

Stories include: a feature by Bruce Fisher about the preciousness of the Great Lakes; a conversation with Buffalo News arts critic Jeff Simon about the need for critical discourse; a discussion with WNYBAC’s Chris Fritton and Rasmus Fasting, an architect in Denmark, about producing high-quality work in a quantified world; an essay by Charlotte Hsu about the stuff we collect in a lifetime; a case study of local business You and Who, whose buy-one, give-one model has expanded around the country; and a short story by E.R. Barry about one man’s chance for a better life; and a look at the latest in feminism by Margaret Finan.

Western New York Book Arts Center (WNYBAC) director Chris Fritton will attend to support the art exhibition, which will highlight letterpress posters created for the cover and photo essay. Block Club’s Friday event coincides with the advent of the WNYBAC Small Press Book Fair, which runs Saturday and Sunday. Find more details about the gathering held at Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum here.

The entertainment will be more than background noise—a time-travel through music and dance will move chronologically from the 1940s to the present through the work of DJs ABCDJ, Sherri and Mario. There seems to be an art or a larger theme to everything that the forward-thinking organization does, and that’s appreciated in a city that desperately needs bright, creative and risk-taking individuals at the helm of prominent organizations.

TAGGED: ben siegel, block club, chris fritton, quantityquality, western new york books arts center, wnybac

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