At BAM!, our mission is to introduce and highlight new concepts from our emerging artists and present them to the community. This vision of our Emerging Art Expo is inspired to encourage experimentation in our local creatives and open a virtual/physical gateway for their pioneering frame of work to reach a larger audience. The artists featured in our intimate galleries can be viewed online and in person. Below you can read more on our current and past Emerging Artists at BAM!
Buffalo Art Movement (Emerging Artists) is proud to present Seth Brauchler’s debut show. Seth has mastered the watercolor medium and has a unique and modern take on it. There’s a part of Seth’s anxious mind that is always looking for an escape, which drives him to find quiet, lonely places where he can catch his breath. It guides him down silent streets, through alleys, under bridges, and behind the shells of crumbling buildings. Seth finds comfort and sanctuary in the wild, liminal spaces on the edges of urban life. In his art, he seeks to share the beauty of these interstitial spaces and the sense of peace that he finds there.
Seth often works on a small scale to create intricate spaces that capture the viewer’s attention. His work creates a sense of nostalgia and comfort in spaces often ignored.
We all can relate to that sweet sensation of nostalgia when reminded of our favorite films, styles, shows, and characters we grew up admiring throughout our childhood. As graffiti artists, Thomas Guttuso (Spoon) and Ahmad Johnson Jr. (Wasabi) collaborate their interests in their first exhibition showing, TIME CAPSULE, they bring to the table a new twist on our fondest childhood memories. Spoon and Wasabi are emerging renowned Buffalo-based artists known for their rework of 70s punk culture. They introduce a new outlook on our favorite animated Disney and Cartoon Network characters through various uses of paint on canvas and wearable art. As Spoon & Wasabi collide their unique street styles, it opens a new perspective on surreal abstractedness through these inspired animated characters.
Michael Constantine’s capsule collection represents an emotional output of a man who has survived mental and physical abuse within his own community and from a country who refuses to acknowledge him as an equal.
John Van Houten, Hall Pass, 2019, 30.125 in x 22 in, oil, acrylic and ink on board
John Van Houten’s capsule collection captures the mood and psychological development of adolescents in Western New York during the 90’s. He creates a distinct and disrupted reality of scenes that look and feel like sharp photographs reminiscent of high school yearbooks. His precise brushstrokes purposely blur his work to create a sense of loss and conflict.