Anna Kaplan Contemporary (formerly BT&C Gallery) announces I’ll Try Not to Breathe, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Amanda Besl. I’ll Try Not to Breathe opens Friday, September 8th with a reception 6-9pm. There will be an artist talk at the gallery on Thursday, September 28th at 6pm. The exhibition will run through October 7th. Gallery hours are Fridays 12 - 7pm and Saturdays 12:30pm - 4pm, or anytime by appointment (716-604-6183).
I’ll Try Not to Breathe is Anna Kaplan Contemporary’s inaugural exhibition in a newly renovated gallery space at 1250 Niagara St. in Buffalo, NY. The paintings in Besl’s latest series focus on imagery of flowers, garden clippings and other botanical debris, through the veil of clear plastic garbage bags. The images are at once haunting and gorgeous, something the artist describes as a “beautiful melancholy.”
The show is titled after a REM song, a huge inspiration for Besl while creating this latest body of work. She credits REM’s use of music as a platform for social change as an inspiration for studying art and finds herself drawn to this music again as she now navigates a challenging political climate. The work presented in I’ll Try Not to Breathe can definitely be read with political undertones, though the general sense of the work en masse is that this is more a cry for humanity in general than about one specific cause. Besl explains:
The plastic provides a temporary answer and is visually intoxicating. It appears to preserve, but eventually suffocates. Nothing (plants, ideas, politics) can be preserved (encapsulated to sustain) indefinitely without evolving or it becomes stagnant. We cannot keep everything exactly the same. This is a sorrow of life: that it is in a constant flux. It is always the end of the world as we know it. Everyday is. And we are fine.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Besl has shown widely in both Western New York and New York City, and in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and Russia. Besl holds an MFA in Painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI and a BFA from SUNY Oswego. Her painting is part of several notable private and public collections including the Burchfield Penney Art Center; Nichido Contemporary, Tokyo, Japan; the Burger Collection, Hong Kong and the Tullman Collection, Chicago. Besl works in the Arts Department at Nichols School in Buffalo as an Upper School Visual Arts teacher.
ABOUT ANNA KAPLAN CONTEMPORARY
Anna Kaplan Contemporary is formerly BT&C Gallery (Body of Trade & Commerce Gallery), founded in 2013 and on Niagara Street since June of 2014. www.annakaplancontemporary.art for more information. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@annakaplancontemporary @annarkaplan). Anna Kaplan Contemporary is also a part of the art consultancy Resource:Art, (www.resourceartny.com). Resource:Art is a unique collaboration with two other WNY gallerists, Elisabeth Samuels (Indigo Art) and Emily Tucker (Benjaman Gallery Group). Browse Anna Kaplan Contemporary and Resource:Art exhibitions at Artsy.net (through Resource:Art): https://www.artsy.net/resource-art.