A collaboration between the Richardson Olmstead Campus, the Buffalo Philharmonic, and Charles Burchfield and the Burchfield Penney Art Center is the perfect way to celebrate the momentous occasion of the first phase of redevelopment’s successful completion at the Richardson. Each partner is unique in their own way and the work of Projex brings it all together. This really is a beginning to the exciting ways that we can work together in defining the future of Buffalo. We cannot wait to experience the work on Burchfield on the HH Richardson-designed building in an Olmsted-designed park, bringing these three masters together for one amazing night in Buffalo this summer.
-- Scott Propeack, associate director, chief curator at the Burchfield Penney Art Center
Albright Knox – Jessie & Katey
Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn are a Baltimore based artist team striving to transform public spaces into playful and vibrant experiences. The artist duo met while at MICA in 2001, forming a lasting, creative friendship and artistic collaboration.
Since 2011, Jessie and Katey have been consistently creating large-scale, public murals. The all inclusive and socially engaging nature of creating art for the public is a driving force in their art making. Inspired by the architectural surfaces of each environment, their dynamic paintings often curve around corners and spill onto the ground. Their work explores themes of movement and symmetry, inspired by bold color combinations, patterns in nature, and woven textiles. Over the past two years the team has been exploring tradition batik, hand dyeing, and appliqué methods in their studio where they have created several large scale framed paintings. These painting have been exhibited in Brooklyn, Miami, Baltimore, Russia and Buffalo.
Julian Montague is a Buffalo-based artist, graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer. He has exhibited widely in the United States and Europe. His work has received attention from Art in America, Frieze, New York Magazine, The New York Times, The Toronto Star, BBC World Service, and many others. He has pieces in the collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Martin Z. Margulies, and other public and private collections. As a graphic designer he has worked with both national and local clients. He is the winner of a 2013 National Silver Addy Award for his State of America print series. Montague’s book, The Stray Shopping Carts of North America: A Guide to Field Identification, won the 2006 Bookseller/Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year.
John Rickus and Carlie Todoro-Rickus
John Rickus is the Resident Lighting Designer at Road Less Traveled Theatre and the Head Carpenter at UB Center for the Arts. Carlie Todoro-Rickus is a visual artist who works with light installation in performance. Their collaborative work is seen annually in Torn Space Theater's site-specific works at Silo City. They regularly collaborate with local visual and performance artists on a variety of projects. Carlie is also an artist in residence at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo.