Eleven Twenty Projects is pleased to announce an exhibition of new works by internationally recognized artist Dennis Maher. City House Models presents a selection of 2D and 3D wall hangings and sculptures that have been assembled from fragments of Maher's ever-changing domestic space, The Fargo House — an experimental art and architectural oasis located on Buffalo’s west side.
The works on view at the gallery incorporate toys, models, architectural miniatures, drawings, hardware and other found objects. The resulting aggregates can be read simultaneously in many ways: as maps, vertical cities, ruinous landscapes, building plans or sections. Drawing upon and reinterpreting conventional architectural imagery, they playfully embrace relationships between objects and places, proposing a cosmology of imaginary environments that exist at the matrix of mind and matter.
Portion of proceeds will support renovation work at Assembly House, 150 Edward St., the former Immaculate Conception Church. Assembly House is a non-profit experimental art/architecture space founded by Dennis Maher. The organization specializes in the design and display of imaginative environments, furnishings, and aesthetic objects, while hosting public exhibitions, educational programs, and events that enhance the sense of wonder within everyday surroundings. Assembly House is collaborating with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery on the “Art as Social Enterprise” program SACRA, a training initiative that will teach carpentry, woodworking and design skills to Buffalo-area residents in need of employment.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Dennis Maher is an artist, architect, and educator. For the past 15 years, his projects have engaged processes of disassembly and reconstitution through drawing, photography, collage and constructions. In his ongoing Undone-Redone City project, Maher has continually reformulated the structural and sub-structural components of houses, conjuring an imaginary cosmology of assembled city fragments. In 2009, Maher established the Fargo House, a center for the urban imagination in Buffalo, NY and, in 2014, he founded Assembly House 150, a non-profit space for experimental art/architectural projects. Artist website: http://assembledcityfragments.com
Recent major exhibitions:
Albright-Knox Art Gallery, "House of Collective Repair", 2013, Buffalo, NY
Mattress Factory Art Museum, "A Second Home", on through August 12, 2019, Pittsburgh, PA