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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

We had these ants as neighbors at the CEPA Gallery two years ago. In fact, that's the Buffalo skyline in the diorama-- you can see City Hall, and the Liberty Building. It was an interesting exhibit, from an interesting artist-- Elizabeth Demaray's work is about the intersection/imposition of nature and the manufactured world. (She made artificial housing for hermit crabs for a different project, for example.) This particular CEPA exhibition came at an interesting time. Critical Arts Ensemble founder Steve Kurtz was being prosecuted by the United States Attorney for the Western District of New York-- a disgraceful episode. CEPA's bio-art exhibition, worthy in its own right, was also a commentary on the Kurtz case, and typical of the courage (and sense of humor) of Lawrence Brose, CEPA's director at the time. You have to wonder if this nose tweaking was part of the dossier assembled on Brose, and why US Attorney for this area is so busy prosecuting artists.

Oh, and the ants died and kept having to be replaced.

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