NORTH TONAWANDA —
One part of his show is two large screen prints on cardboard — meant to emphasize the lowbrow, DIY art scene — and the second part consists of photographs from disposable cameras he sent to his friends back at the monster house.
“The photographs are not of the most amazing quality so prints of them are sort of grainy,” Leighty said. “They’re not beautiful, gallery quality but they’re more authentic of the experience in the (punk) community.”
If there’s one way in which the artists might overlap thematically, it might be in capturing that authentic experience of where you come from.
Derwick’s works are all animations depicting his experiences of life growing up in Olean. The animations, displayed on several 1990s-era televisions are inspired by television shows and video games.
“Some of (the animations) are either television commercials or fake movies I’ve created that have to do with action or violence,” he said. “Then there is a counter video for each of them that are about a boy’s life and it’s up to the viewer if the media is influencing him or if he’s acting out on his own internal thinking.”
Derwick’s televisions will be set up in the gallery’s basement
“They all give a feeling of home, they give a feeling of almost a domestic space,” Brown said of Derwick working in the basement.
It is the first time the entire gallery, from storage area to basement, will be used for a show, she added,
In the main gallery will be Dougherty’s small paintings based on YouTube video stills. Most of the subjects are from popular culture or political figures, Brown said.
”They’re realistic and on the colorful side,” Brown said in describing Dougherty’s aesthetic style. “You can see the brush strokes, and you might not even be able to tell who it is” upon first looking at the paintings.