Phyllis Thompson, "Evolving Memories"
Friday 26th Jan, 2024 → Friday 1st Mar, 2024

Buffalo Arts Studio
2495 Main Street, Suite 500 Buffalo, NY 14214
Time: 11:00am-5:00pm
Cost: Free
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BAS presents Phyllis Thompson’s exhibition, Evolving Memories, a survey of work from Thompson's 50-year career as an artist and educator. Evolving Memories traces four aesthetic and conceptual threads rooted in the 1970s and 1980s. The themes embedded in the work come from Thompson’s childhood memories, experiences with family and friends, and imagined histories with ancestors. It will be on display January 26–March 1, 2024 with an opening reception on Friday, January 26, 5:00–8:00 pm.


During the early 1970s, Thompson created prints that focused on both the patterns and imperfections found in materials used to construct the urban landscape. The second body of work features surfaces completely covered in disciplined, rhythmic marks recalling textiles. The third set of works charts a distinct shift in Thompson’s mark-making; the use of the circle and circular forms made by stamping. The circles are full of personal significance, referencing the yo-yos Thompson's grandmother made. The last set of works begins after Thompson found a box of old photographs and added representational imagery into her work. 

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