Carl Lee, "Unity Island" - Opening Reception
Friday 22nd Sep, 2023

Buffalo Arts Studio
2495 Main Street, Suite 500 Buffalo, NY 14214
Time: 5:00pm-8:00pm
Cost: Free
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Buffalo Arts Studio presents Carl Lee’s Unity Island, a film installation about a ¼ square mile piece of land in Buffalo, NY. Lee’s practice examines ideas of perception, memory, and the spatialization of time using simple formal means. Unity Island is on display September 22–November 3, 2023 with an Opening Reception on Friday September 22, 5:00—8:00 pm. 


Unity Island Park is a sliver of land that sits between the Niagara River and Black Rock Canal, with Buffalo, NY on one side and Fort Erie, Canada on the other. It is a green space with a pond and fishermen, where immigrant communities come every weekend to picnic and play volleyball, and where Lee has been taking his dog Augie on walks for the last eight years. It is also built on a landfill. 


Shot on 16mm film, Unity Island is a personal look at different aspects of the island that reveal the intersecting vectors at this site. The project is primarily a visual exploration consisting of multiple projections, audio interviews, and ambient sounds that hint at other histories and experiences. Augie acts as something of a guide through these explorations. Lee’s exhibition includes several individualized sound installations as well as asynchronous projections of Unity Island that work together to disorient the visitor and amplify the fragmented nature of all of these experiences.


Carl Lee is a media artist based in Buffalo, NY and has been making films, videos, and installation work that explore personal spaces and the built environment since the 90s. Lee received a BA from Harvard University in Visual and Environmental Studies in 1992 and an MFA in Film and Media Arts from Temple University in Philadelphia in 2000. He teaches film and video production and works as the technical director in the Department of Media Study at the University at Buffalo. Lee was the recipient of the 2023 NYSCA Support for Artists grant. 

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